Zoo Interpretation Intern
(Fall, Spring and Summer)
Company 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.
Butterfly Pavilion is looking for an individual with an interest in interpretation of environmental sciences and animals and plant ecology, superior customer service skills and a love of educating visitors about the natural world. This is a great opportunity for those seeking hands-on experience in environmental education, interpretation, and museum studies.
- Interacting with visitors as they explore Butterfly Pavilion’s Exhibits
- Facilitating play-based learning and providing educational information to visitors of all ages.
- Interpreter may use live animals to demonstrate science-based concepts to visitors.
- Assisting in daily public programming.
- Creating meaningful interaction between the exhibit and visitor for a deeper and more thoughtful experience and to make connections between exhibit topic, conservation and daily life.
- Collaborating with Education and Exhibits Department to develop and implement new curricula or programs.
- 2-3 days per week, 16-24 hours per week
- Pursuing or holding a degree in education, environmental sciences, biology or related fields
- Comfortable interacting with visitors of all ages – enjoyment, enthusiasm, patience, sense of fun
- Interest in invertebrates, conservation, and environmental education
- Willingness to handle animals (all training provided onsite)
- Criminal background check
- Individuals of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply
Reports to: Community 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.