(Spring, Summer or Fall)
The Butterfly Pavilion is seeking a creative, highly motivated, and energetic individual to assist in animal care, animal handling, and visitor education as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of the Butterfly Pavilion Curatorial Internship is for individuals 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.
- Day-to-day care of 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 Staff
- Develop and execute an independent project on Lepidoptera that expands the knowledge base of the Curatorial Department
- Provide public customer service, education, and animal contact/interaction in the exhibit areas of Butterfly Pavilion
- Pursuing or holding 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
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
- Individuals of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply
Reports to: Curatorial Team
Duration of Internship: Interns must complete 300 hours, typically aligned with school trimesters
Internship hours per week: 16-24 hours per week/2-3 days per week
Application Deadlines: Spring Term – November 1st: Summer Term – April 1st: Fall Term – July 1st
Stipend: Unpaid; school credit can be earned for this internship in most cases