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Summer Nature Camp Educator

Butterfly Pavilion

Posted April 21, 2021

Title: Summer Nature Camp Educator  


Position Reports To: Director of Community Engagement


Direct Reports to:  Community Programs Coordinator


FLSAPart Time Up to 28 hours/week, depending on programs


Salary/Hourly Rate: $13.50


Position Summary:  Butterfly Pavilion is seeking an individual with an interest in environmental education, nature play, curriculum development and a love of teaching youth about the natural world through informal nature camp programming.  Position is up to 28 hours a week Summer camp begins with training in late May, with camps ending mid-August.  Planning time is incorporated in the weeks leading up to programs.   


Essential Functions & Responsibilities:  


    • Teach interactive nature-based summer camps to youth, ages 5 – 12 


    • Work collaboratively with co-counselors to assist in development and implementation of camp curriculum and activities as needed 


    • Use live animals to demonstrate science-based concepts to camp participants


    • Following all policies & procedures to meet the State license requirements


    • Effectively managing classroom of 10children 


    • Mentoring volunteers 


    • Attending required branch and facility meetings


    • Support interpretation in the zoo exhibits as needed 





    • Build relationships


    • Teamwork and cooperation


    • Detail-oriented


    • Communication skills


    • Department knowledge


    • Interpersonal skills


    • Decision-making


    • Initiative





    • Pursuing or holding a degree in education, environmental sciences, or related field


    • Basic knowledge and interest in the environment and wildlife


    • Comfortable interacting with young children and parents 


    • Enthusiastic, fun, and patient


    • Certified in First Aid & CPR (training may be provided on site)



    • Previous experience working with groups of school-aged children in a camp, school or child care setting 


    • Prior experience working with individuals of different ages and abilities




Additional Requirements:   


    • Valid Driver’s License


    • Subject to background check, CBI/FBI reports, and all Child Care License Requirements 



    • Must be able to work the following dates: 


    • Summer Break: May 24-August 13 – M-F 



Work Environment / Physical Requirements:   


While performing the responsibilities of this position, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the position will encounter.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.  


At Butterfly Pavilion, the employee is occasionally exposed to moderate to loud environmental noise for extended periods of time. 

While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and stand, use their hands and fingers, to handle/feel/grasp. The employee is occasionally required to reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Employee should be able to lift, carry and items up to 50 lbs.  


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.  


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:




Position is open until filled.  No phone calls or drop in’s please.   

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