Butterfly Pavilion
  • 14-May-2017 (MST)
  • Education
  • Westminster, CO, USA
  • unpaid
  • Internship - Unpaid

School credit when applicable, professional experience at an AZA accredited zoo

Butterfly Pavilion is seeking a creative, highly motivated and energetic individual to develop and implement youth education programs and exhibit interpretation as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. This is a great opportunity for those seeking hands-on experience in environmental education, informal science education, biology, interpretation, and museum studies.

Organization Description: Butterfly Pavilion combines science education with interactive fun to teach guests 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 guests 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.


  • Greet and orient field trip groups - visiting schools, non-school youth groups
  • Instruct interactive, creative, age-appropriate onsite classes for school and youth groups
  • Provide administrative support to Education Department
  • Be trained in exhibit interpretation to provide interpretive support in exhibits
  • Interacting with guests as they explore Butterfly Pavilion's Exhibits
  • Facilitating play-based learning and providing educational information to guests of all ages.
  • Utilizing live animals to demonstrate science-based concepts to guests.
  • Creating meaningful interaction between the exhibit and guests for a deeper and more thoughtful experience and to make connections between exhibit topic, conservation and daily life.
  • Collaborating with Education and Exhibits Department to develop and implement new curricula or programs.


  • Pursuing or holding a degree in education, environmental sciences, biology, museum studies or related fields. Relevant experience may substitute for education.
  • Interest in engaging children with environmental education about science, invertebrates and conservation.
  • Good communication skills; ability to interact with all Butterfly Pavilion guests
  • Computer proficiency'word processing, spreadsheets and databases
  • Willingness to handle animals'all training provided onsite
  • Ability to work weekdays and weekends, 8:30 am 5:15 pm
  • Criminal background check
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age

Butterfly Pavilion encourages people of all backgrounds to apply 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.

Reports to:  Education and Interpretation Coordinator

Deadline:  Open until filled

Duration of Internship: Varies from 3-9 months, ideally aligning with either the school year or spring, summer or fall semesters

Hours per week: 2-3 days per week/16-24 hours per week

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



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