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Lead Zookeeping Curatorial Paid Intern

Butterfly Pavilion

Posted April 22, 2022

Lead Zookeeping Curatorial Intern

Supervisor: Director of Animal Collections

About Butterfly Pavilion: Here at Butterfly Pavilion, we transform the way people think about invertebrates. These small but mighty animals that surround us are so much more than people think. They are everywhere because everything depends on them. They are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom. As the leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection, Butterfly Pavilion works to foster an appreciation of these critical animals by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation. Whether it is providing unique, hands-on learning experiences in our exhibits and educational programs, conducting new research that sets the standard for zoos across the country or building innovative solutions for species and habitat conservation in countries around the world, Butterfly Pavilion is leading the way in ensuring invertebrates are protected for the future.

Looking forward, we are committed to providing the most enriching experience for our audience, being recognized as a scientific authority, and being a leading educational resource on invertebrates.  To this end, Butterfly Pavilion has begun the early stages of launching a $40 million Capital Campaign to expand Butterfly Pavilion into the Center for Invertebrate Research and Conservation (CIRC) in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in 2022.

A large part of who we are as an organization is how we interact with each other.  Valuing our facility, guests, donors, and our team is a priority, without these puzzle pieces we can’t make it all work, these Core Values guide us throughout our day.  We Love What We Do at Butterfly Pavilion, we Make Science Cool by Going Above and Beyond for all guests, donors, and team members while also Leading Change in invertebrate conservation.  We Know Our Stuff and work to have a healthy culture by Being Positive and Welcoming to All.  These aren’t just words, but words for us to live by here at Butterfly Pavilion.

Commitment: 5 days per week/40 hours per week. 6 month commitment.

Position Summary: Butterfly Pavilion is currently seeking a creative, highly motivated, and energetic individual to assist in animal care, research, and conservation as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of a Butterfly Pavilion Lead Zookeeping Paid Internship is for interns to gain knowledge and hands-on training in invertebrate animal care, science, and conservation.

Salary: $15/hour.

Key Skills Learned:

  • Invertebrate animal care
  • Interpretation skills
  • TRACKS animal care software experience
  • Invertebrate animal or specimen handling and processing
  • Conducting an independent research or conservation project
  • Data management and analyses skills
  • Scientific writing skills

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist the curatorial team in day-to-day care of all animals on exhibit and behind the scenes, recording care in animal record management system, TRACKS
  • Work independently when the supervisor is not on site
  • Participate in on-going research and conservation activities
  • Assist in data management and analyses
  • Conduct an independent research or conservation project in close coordination with their supervisor that aligns closely with the organization’s goals
  • Present a final presentation at the end of the semester
  • Uphold AZA accreditation standards
  • Comply with USDA containment standards
  • Maintain a clean working environment
  • Uphold Butterfly Pavilion’s core values

Training: Successfully complete New Volunteer and Intern Orientation and All Team Training. Receive hands-on training from members of the Curatorial and Research & Conservation Teams.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Experience caring for animals, particularly invertebrates, preferred.
  • Experience conducting research or conservation projects, preferred.
  • Pursuing a degree in biology, environmental sciences, ecology, conservation, or related fields. Recent graduates also accepted.
  • Interest in invertebrate animal care, taxonomy, biology, ecology, and conservation
  • 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

Minimum Age Requirement:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age

Physical Demands:

  • Able to work in small spaces or awkward positions that require bending or stretching
  • Able to tolerate strong odors such as dust, animal fecal matter, etc.
  • Able to work in a hot, humid environment for extended periods of time

Sustainable Impacts:

  • Intern will acquire experience in an AZA-accredited facility
  • Intern will complete a self-directed research project under the leadership of intern supervisor
  • Butterfly Pavilion will partner with local schools to provide learning opportunities for students via internship program

Evaluation: The intern will follow a prescribed work plan meeting with Internship Coordinator and Supervisor regularly. There will also be both mid-semester and end-of-term formal reviews with supervisor.

How to Apply:

Butterfly Pavilion is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply for open positions and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or veteran status.

Applicants must submit a Resume and Cover Letter to the following link: https://www.applicantpro.com/openings/butterflies/jobs/2339179-20970

Position is open until filled.  No phone calls or drop-ins please. 

Compensation: $15.00 per hour

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