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Job Posting: Field Researcher (weekend only) at Shedd Aquarium

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Great opportunity for someone who is looking for part-time experience in research:

This is a responsible non-manager level position. The Audience Research and Evaluation department conducts social science research, and evaluation, in an effort to provide valuable audience insights to institutional planning. The department is responsible for leading the development, implementation, reporting and management of institutional research and evaluation strategies and tools with Shedd’s nearly 2 million guests. The field researcher’s primary role is to conduct data collection, data entry, and provides administrative support for the day-to-day operations and special projects associated with the Audience Research and Evaluation department.  Occasionally, the field researcher will assist with data analysis, reporting, and evaluation planning.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission and values
  • Data Collection and Entry
    • Collect data (exit interviews, exhibit surveys and observations) for various studies on aquarium floor.
    • Assist with collection logistics (such as copying, filing, etc.)
    • Manage data collection supplies on the aquarium floor, such as signs, tables, chairs, etc.
    • Data management and entry
  • Departmental Administration
    • Maintain departmental tracking records and reports
    • Assist with coordination of daily data collection goals and tracking with AR&E team members
    • Other administrative duties as assigned
  •  Project Administration
    • Assist in the development of data collection instruments, databases, etc.
    • Assist with data analysis
    • Assist in the preparation of reports or data analysis interpretation


Preferably an upper level (2+ years course work) undergraduate student working towards a degree in museum studies, science education, learning sciences, educational psychology or related field, or Bachelor’s degree or higher in listed areas.

Familiarity and/or interest with major areas related to visitor studies, including evaluation, social science research, educational theory, environmental design, developmental psychology, market research, and the like are a must. Qualified candidates should have:

  • Strong social skills and the ability to interact effectively with Shedd guests is a must.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and accuracy required.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as cooperatively with other Shedd staff and members of the public.
  • Experience conducting interviews and/or interacting with the public is desirable, including both adults and children.
  • Competency with Microsoft Office programs

Schedule 2-3 weekend days a month (12-18 hours)

Apply here:


Author: Debra Kutska

Thanks for visiting! I am the Sustainability Specialist for Oakton Community College. I look forward to introducing you to the many green initiatives in which we engage and collecting input from YOU as to how we can continue to improve. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions at any time at

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