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Target Species Manager

Butterfly Pavilion

Full Time
Posted November 14, 2023

Title: Target Species Manager

Position Reports To: Director of Research and Conservation (currently vacant – VP of Science and Conservation)

Direct Reports: Species Identification Specialist, Seasonal Technicians, Interns

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.

FLSA: Full Time, permanent

Salary: $55,000-$60,000

Position Summary: The Target Species Manager spends a minimum of 40 hours per week fulfilling the research and conservation goals at Butterfly Pavilion, working in close cooperation with the Director of Research & Conservation, VP for Science, Conservation, and Operations, Environmental and Ecological Services, Horticulture, and Curatorial Departments. Much of that work will involve conservation and research focused on bee keeping and conservation at Butterfly Pavilion and in the field, including international field sites.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Provide active, self-motivated participation in Butterfly Pavilion’s research and conservation goals.
  • Conduct work on bee conservation and bee keeping projects, developing and implementing project plans, including field work at international locations (i.e., requires international travel).
  • In general, assist with Butterfly Pavilion Research and Conservation and Environmental and Ecological Services projects including project design, permitting, fieldwork, data collection and analysis, specimen preservation, specimen identification, GIS mapping, and report writing. This may also require coordinating overnight travel, including scheduling lodging and transportation.
  • Regularly communicate with external partners about Research and Conservation projects.
  • Manage Butterfly Pavilion’s honey bee hives, including hive maintenance and overseeing the annual honey harvest.
  • Assist and/or lead research and conservation efforts for priority target species.
  • Assist with additional research and conservation projects as needed.
  • Assist the Marketing and Education Departments with scientific outreach, including interviews, articles, blogs, fact checking, adult programs, etc.
  • Assist with publications and reports on research findings, including conducting data analyses and manuscript drafting and editing.
  • Provide logistical, technical, and administrative support to Conservation and Curatorial staff working on research and conservation projects.
  • Assists in managing the Research and Conservation Department while the Director of Research and Conservation is away from the office.
  • Oversee seasonal Research and Conservation technicians, interns and volunteers, including writing job positions, interviewing, hiring, and managing.
  • Assist with fundraising for conservation and research projects, especially drafting grant proposals and soliciting donations.
  • Upholds AZA standards and follows, as well as updates, Butterfly Pavilion animal policies.
  • Effectively communicate with direct supervisors, direct reports, and other members of the organization, to support the overall needs of the department and the organization.
  • Engage visitors and constituents as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with staff and volunteers, problem solve and communicate within the team and when working with other teams or departments.
  • Ability to work with minimal direct, day-to-day oversight.
  • Oversees research and conservation specialists, coordinators, field technicians, interns, and volunteers as necessary.
  • Participate in or leads volunteer or staff trainings as necessary.


  • Project/time management
  • Results and Goal Orientated
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Fund Development/Grant Writing
  • Department Knowledge
  • Detail Oriented
  • Communication Skills


  • A Bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental sciences, conservation or related fields; an advanced degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) desirable.
  • At least 5 years of experience with bee keeping, ideally with some experience teaching others to keep bees.
  • Interest and at least 3 years of experience in invertebrate research and conservation
  • Basic computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets) Microsoft Suite
  • Knowledge of basic statistics
  • Scientific Writing experience
  • Willingness to handle animals (all training provided onsite)
  • Criminal background check

Additional Requirements:

  • Required attendance at monthly all staff, branch and department meetings and additional trainings and Butterfly Pavilion functions as designated essential by department and/or organizational need.
  • Employee must follow all non-negotiables, check email and phone messages regularly, report injuries within 24 hours, and alerts immediate supervisor and necessary team staff when calling in from work.
  • Additional duties based on organizational priorities and as assigned by the Director of Research and Conservation.

Work Environment / Physical Requirements:

Work Environment

  • These work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the Target Species Manager will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the Target Species Manager position.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to high humidity, intense sunlight, heat, cold, wind, precipitation, and uneven surfaces. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. The employee will be exposed to salt water, aquarium maintenance chemicals, shellfish (living and dead) and chemicals (bleach, vinegar, ammonia, etc.). This employee will also be exposed to and may work regularly with venomous and non-venomous invertebrates. This employee will work in a laboratory environment as well as outside for bee keeping and the collection of specimens.

Physical Demands

  • These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions within this position. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the Target Species Manager position.
  • While performing the responsibilities of this job, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to: sit, stand, use hands and fingers to handle or feel, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and lift (the employee must be able to lift 50lbs). This employee must handle a variety of invertebrate animals, some being venomous and fast moving. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and regular use of a microscope. The Target Species Manager may have to occasionally run small machinery. This position will also be required to collect invertebrates in the field using various collection methods (aerial net, sweep net, pit fall trap, light trap, etc.)
  • Employee must have an up to date Tetanus vaccination.

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

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


Compensation: $55,000 - 60,000

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