Tour and Encounter volunteers wanted at Shedd Aquarium!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Shedd Aquarium1200 S. Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 60605


If you're passionate about aquatic life, and you love to learn, teach and inspire, you'll be a great volunteer!

We're currently recruiting for weekday Guest Engagement volunteers to help lead Behind the Scenes Tours and facilitate Penguin Encounters. Both roles provide the opportunity to interact with Shedd guests and create meaningful connections.

Note: There is no animal contact involved in these roles.

Tour and Encounter volunteers must be comfortable with public speaking and presenting to groups of up to 15 people. These volunteers will also need to complete an audition to be selected for the roles.

If selected to participate, mandatory trainings will be held on Saturdays May 20th and 21st, both days from 9am-4pm. Apply now for the chance to join the upcoming training class.

For more information, and to apply, please visit


  • Public Speaking
  • People Skills
  • Environmental Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Storytelling

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One day a week, Monday-Friday.
  • See Shedd website and application for more details.

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