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 youth program development, volunteer management, nonprofit leadership, 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.
- Assist Volunteer Program Manager and Education staff in development and implementation of Teen Volunteer Program
- Participate in interviewing, selecting, training and supporting teens in summer program and year-round volunteering
- Track hours in volunteer database, Volgistics
- Interact and build relationships with Butterfly Pavilion Volunteers
- Research and implement new ways of reaching out to potential volunteers
- Become trained as an Exhibit Ambassador and Camp Leader; perform relevant duties as needed
- Help develop and implement awards ceremony for end of summer season
- Attend Butterfly Pavilion events as needed
- Perform assessment of program during and after summer session is over
- Involvement with Butterfly Pavilion’s Family Volunteer Program and Urban Prairies Project as needed
- Holding or pursuing a degree in Youth Development Leadership or related field
- Passion for youth development and volunteerism
- Interest in conservation and the mission of Butterfly Pavilion
- Creativity, technology skills (e.g. familiarity with Microsoft programs, social media and internet posting)
- Flexibility, drive, leadership skills and the ability to work well both in a team and with minimal supervision
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Willingness to handle animals—all training provided onsite
- Criminal background check
- Spanish-speaking a plus
- Individuals of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply
Reports to: Volunteer Program 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 email@example.com.