Butterfly Pavilion
  • 01-Jan-2021 to Until Filled (MST)
  • Intern - S&C
  • Westminster, CO, USA
  • unpaid
  • Internship - Unpaid

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

Urban Prairies Project Internship

The Urban Prairies Project (UPP) is a collaboration between Butterfly Pavilion, local governments and other environmental organizations to restore urban and suburban open spaces for wildlife and human use. The Butterfly Pavilion UPP intern will gain experience in restoration and environmental monitoring while supporting the development of a strong restoration volunteer program.

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.


  • Pursuing or holding a degree in environmental education, environmental sciences, biology or other related fields
  • At least one field season's experience with field research and restoration methods; volunteer experience is applicable
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Criminal background check
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Individuals of all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply

Regular Duties:

  • Works with Horticulture Director and Volunteer Manager to develop and lead volunteer training curricula for community restoration volunteers of all ages
  • With Butterfly Pavilion and open space staff, supports restoration volunteers during work days: guiding activities, answering questions, providing on-the-job training, etc.
  • Works with Horticulture Director and open space staff to evaluate short-term success of restoration plans for two centerpiece open spaces in Broomfield and Westminster

Reports To: Horticulture Director

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

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring Term - November 1
  • Summer Term - April 1
  • Fall Term - July 1
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