Butterfly Pavilion is currently seeking a creative, highly motivated, and energetic individual to assist in marine animal care, handling and record keeping 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.
- Responsible for the day-to-day care for all marine 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 team
- Uphold AZA accreditation standards
- Comply with USDA containment standards
- Maintain a clean working environment
- Develop and execute an independent project, focused on marine invertebrates, 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
- Maintain daily records on all animal care in Tracks database system
- Maintain water quality, assist in medical treatments and special projects
- Serve as a resource to guests in the exhibit areas of Butterfly Pavilion
- Experience in aquarium keeping and courses in animal biology and/or ichthyology are helpful
- Pursuing a degree in biology, environmental sciences, or related fields. Recent graduates also accepted.
- Interest in invertebrate animal husbandry and care
- 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: Aquarist
Duration of Internship: Interns must complete 300 hours, typically aligned with school trimesters
Hours per week: 2-3 days per week/16-24 hours per week
- Spring Term - November 1
- Summer Term - April 1
- Fall Term - July 1
- Spring - January
- Summer - May
- Fall - August
Stipend: Unpaid; school credit can be earned for this internship in most cases