Butterfly Pavilion is seeking a creative, highly motivated and energetic individual to assist in implementing youth education programs as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. This is a great opportunity for those seeking hands-on experience in environmental education, informal science education, biology, and interpretation.
Organization Description: Butterfly Pavilion combines science education with interactive fun to teach visitors about invertebrates and conservation. Invertebrates- animals without backbones, make up 97% of all animal species on the planet! Our zoo is designed to showcase the diversity of these small wonders, their habitats, and the big role they play in ensuring the health of our environment. Five immersive exhibits, including a tropical rainforest filled with 1600 free-flying butterflies, provide visitors of all ages with an unforgettable experience. We are the zoo of small wonders and BIG experiences!
Mission: Butterfly Pavilion’s mission is to foster an appreciation of invertebrates while educating the public about the importance of conservation of threatened habitats in the tropics and around the world.
- Instruct interactive, creative, age-appropriate onsite science classes for school groups
- Provide instructional support for out of school camps and classes
- Collaborate with Education Department to develop, enhance and implement curricula or programs
- Provide administrative support to Education Department
- Be trained in exhibit interpretation to provide interpretive support in exhibits
- Facilitating play-based learning and providing educational information to visitors of all ages.
- Assisting in daily public programming.
- Collaborating with Education and Exhibits Department to develop and implement new curricula or programs.
- Pursuing or holding a degree in education, environmental sciences, biology or related fields
- Interest in teaching children about environmental education
- Good communication skills; ability to interact with all Butterfly Pavilion visitors
- Computer proficiency—word processing, spreadsheets and databases
- Willingness to handle animals—all training provided onsite
- Ability to work weekday mornings
- Criminal background check
- Individuals of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply
Reports to: School Programs Manager
Deadline: Open until filled for Fall, Spring, and Summer
Duration of Internship: 3-5 months, ideally aligning with Spring, Summer or Fall semesters
Hours per week: 2-3 days per week/16-24 hours per week, depending on school requirements
Anticipated Start Date: Negotiable
Stipend: Unpaid; School credit can be earned for this internship in most cases
Interested applicants should email a resume and a cover letter to: Julia McCleary, Volunteer Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.