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Zookeeper Aquarist Intern Fall 2024

Butterfly Pavilion
Broomfield, Colorado, US
Closing date
Jul 12, 2024

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Aquarium / Zoo / Botanical garden
Conservation science
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Title: Zookeeper Aquarist Intern

Position Reports To: Director of Animal Collections

Direct Reports: None

Timeframe: Monday, August 19 - Friday, December 20, 2024

About Butterfly Pavilion: 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 and invertebrate research and conservation authority and being a leading educational resource on invertebrates. Butterfly Pavilion is currently engaged in a $55 million Capital Campaign to expand Butterfly Pavilion into a new global, state-of-the-art research, education, and conservation hub breaking ground in 2025.

Our Core Values are a large part of who we are as an organization:
  • Make Science Cool
  • Love What You Do
  • Go Above and Beyond
  • Lead Change
  • Know Your Stuff
  • Be Positive
  • Welcome All

These aren't just words, but words for us to live by here at Butterfly Pavilion.

Commitment: 16 hours per week. This position runs from August 19th, 2024- December 20th, 2024.

Position Summary: 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. The intern will also develop and execute an independent project, focused on marine invertebrates, to emphasize particular interest and expand the knowledge base of the Curatorial Department

Stipend: Unpaid; school credit can be earned for this internship in most cases

Key Skills Learned:
  • Invertebrate animal care
  • 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:
  • 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
  • Uphold AZA accreditation and USDA containment standards
  • Maintain daily records on all animal care in Tracks database system
  • Maintain water quality and special projects
  • Serve as a resource to guests in the exhibit areas of Butterfly Pavilion

  • Successfully complete New Volunteer and Intern Orientation and All Team Training.
  • Complete USDA training and Quiz.

Qualifications & Skills:
  • Experience in aquarium keeping and courses in animal biology and/or marine biology 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

Minimum Age Requirement: 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
  • Internship will create new pathways into animal science and care
  • Butterfly Pavilion will partner with local universities and colleges to provide learning opportunities for students via internship program

Application Deadline:
  • July 31st

How to Apply:

Butterfly Pavilion 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.

Fill out the form to the right and click "Apply for this Position" to start the application process. Must submit a cover letter and resume.

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