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Test the water at Shedd - literally!

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ORGANIZATION: John G. Shedd Aquarium


At Shedd Aquarium, the good health of the animals depends on the good health of their environments. At the animal hospital’s state-of-the-art environmental quality lab, technicians-and an army of skilled volunteers-are responsible for monitoring the aquarium’s most basic resource, its 5 million gallons of fresh and salt water.

As part of our Animal Health department, the Environmental Quality team is crucial to helping us provide the highest standards of animal care. Seven days a week, they test samples of water from each habitat throughout the aquarium, checking temperature, pH, salinity, conductivity, bacteria counts, ammonia, calcium and other parameters. This role is ideal for those interested in the scientific aspects of Shedd.

We are currently looking for volunteers on all weekdays, and shifts run 9am to 12pm.

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About John G. Shedd Aquarium


Volunteer Services, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605, US

Mission Statement

Sparking compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world.


Join the Shedd family! Become a volunteer.

At Shedd Aquarium, volunteers are valued partners. They can be found in almost every area of the aquarium: preparing food for our animals, sharing stories with our guests, testing water samples, and even diving. And that’s just the surface!

You don’t need to be an expert to volunteer. If you're passionate about aquatic life, and you love to learn, teach and inspire, you'll be a great volunteer!


Arts & Culture
Animals, Arts & Culture, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


Shedd Aquarium1200 S. Lake Shore DriveChicago, IL 60605



  • Aquarium Maintenance
  • Environmental Science
  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills
  • STEM


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum commitment of 3-4 months, longer desirable. Weekday volunteers come in once weekly. Consistent attendance on your assigned day is expected
  • Minimum of AP High School Chemistry, 1 semester of College Chemistry, or 2+ years in a laboratory setting required. Familiarity with basic aquarium water chemistry parameters and tests is helpful.

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