Mark Niewoehner: fish husbandry and diver volunteer

Submitted Photo Mark Niewoehner, formerly of Rolla, is shown here at Shedd Aquarium where he’s a volunteer, shown in this photo by Brenna Hernandez, Shedd Aquarium.

A former Rolla man volunteers at one of the world’s largest aquariums.

Mark Niewoehner knew about John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago for a long time, and decided about seven years ago to get hands-on experience by becoming actively involved at the aquarium as a volunteer.

Niewoehner, who lives in Chicago, splits his time between caring for the animals in Shedd’s Amazon Rising exhibit through exhibit maintenance and feeding the animals. He also dives in the Abbott Oceanarium in the evenings.

Occasionally, Niewoehner is given the opportunity to observe routine check-ups in Shedd’s animal hospital.

“Not only have I learned about how dedicated Shedd Aquarium is to animal care, but I’ve discovered that Shedd is a leader in conservation,” said Niewoehner. “It has made me more environmentally aware, now I bring my compost, Styrofoam, electronics and more to be recycled at the aquarium.”

Shedd Aquarium is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization and an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.