Open 9 am - 5 pm
A volunteer leads a group of children through an activity during Shedd's Spooky Seas Overnight event.
A young boy in Shedd's aquarium galleries touches the sharp edges of the teeth in a shark's jaw bone.
Shedd volunteers engage visitors to Navy Pier on Earth Day to promote a campaign to "Shedd the straw".

Training and Onboarding

Successful applicants who complete the general on-boarding process will receive additional, specialized training from staff. See our "FAQs" for the general volunteer on-boarding process.

Aquarium Host volunteers must attend one additional training, which is offered on a monthly basis. Training occurs on Saturday or Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

Volunteering at Shedd FAQs