Open 9 am - 5 pm
Volunteers prep food in the marine mammals kitchen.
A Marine Mammals Husbandry volunteer hoses down the penguin habitat as Rockhopper penguins look on.
A rockhopper penguin stretches its narrow wings wide and cranes its head around to look at a photographer.

Volunteer locations include

  • Animal Programs: Volunteer with our “meet-and-greet” public encounter animals, including reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and invertebrates.
  • Marine Mammals: Help care for some of the popular and charismatic residents of the Abbott Oceanarium, including sea lions, sea otters, penguins, cetaceans and birds of prey.

What are the benefits of being a Shedd volunteer?

  • Admission to the aquarium and other cultural institutions
  • The chance to see how Shedd works behind the scenes
  • Gift shop and café discounts and discounted parking while volunteering
  • Helping to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world.
  • Meeting a diverse group of staff members, volunteers and guests who share a passion for aquatic life