(Spring, Summer or Fall)
Butterfly Pavilion is currently seeking a creative, highly motivated, and energetic individual to assist in marine animal care, animal handling and visitor education as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of a Butterfly Pavilion Curatorial Internship is for students to gain knowledge and hands-on training in invertebrate animal husbandry.
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.
- Provides public customer service, education, and animal contact/interaction in the exhibit areas of the Butterfly Pavilion
- Responsible for the day-to-day care for all animals on exhibit and behind the scenes, maintaining daily record keeping
- Clean and maintain all exhibit and behind the scene areas
- Provide support to Curatorial zookeepers
- Develop and execute an independent project to emphasize particular interest and expand the knowledge base of the Curatorial Department.
- Maintenance of exhibit quality standards through regular cleaning of exhibits and quarantine systems,
- Providing for the needs of all animals through food preparation and feeding, extensive record keeping, maintenance of water quality parameters, assistance in medical treatments and also special projects.
- Animal health and visitor experience are the two driving priorities in accomplishing the goals of this position.
- Experience in aquarium keeping and courses in animal biology and/or ichthyology are helpful
- Pursuing or hold a degree in biology, environmental sciences, education or related fields
- Interest in invertebrate animal husbandry and care, visitor and environmental education
- Basic computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets)
- Willingness to handle animals (all training provided onsite)
- Criminal background check
- Individuals of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply
Reports to: Curatorial Team
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.