Butterfly Pavilion
  • 01-Jan-2021 to Until Filled (MST)
  • Intern - S&C
  • Westminster, CO, USA
  • 00per hour unpaid
  • Internship - Unpaid

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

The Butterfly Pavilion is currently seeking a talented, enthusiastic individual to assist in our public horticulture programs as part of a team of experienced and hard-working staff and volunteers. This unpaid, academic internship will provide a well-rounded, hands-on educational experience in the field of zoological horticulture in a public setting. The vision of Butterfly Pavilion's Horticulture Department is to provide an enriching environment for Butterfly Pavilion's invertebrates while teaching the community about horticulture's role in conservation, especially through habitat gardening.

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 biology, botany, horticulture, environmental sciences, Natural Resources, Ecology or related fields
  • Interest in public horticulture, especially zoological horticulture
  • At least 1 year prior gardening experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Criminal background check and acceptable driving record required
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age

Physical Requirements:

  • Free of tuberculosis in a communicable form.
  • Tetanus shot required.
  • Must be able to lift at least 40 pounds.
  • Able to travel independently to various sites.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to bend, kneel, lift and carry.

Physical Conditions: While performing the responsibilities of the horticulture intern, the following characteristics are representative of the outdoor and conservatory environment the intern will encounter: high humidity, intense sunlight, heat, cold, wind, precipitation, uneven surfaces. While performing the duties of this job, the intern is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The intern should expect some exposure to mild chemicals such as rubbing alcohol, herbicides and vinegar. The intern will also be occasionally exposed to a variety of living invertebrates. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate, with occasional bursts of loud noise.

Regular Duties:

  • Collaborates with staff and volunteers in order to learn about the design, maintenance and interpretation of tropical and outdoor plant collections at the Butterfly Pavilion. Work may include plant and landscape care, habitat restoration, educational programming, data collection and record-keeping
  • Researches, executes and presents an independent study project in any of the above fields

Reports To: Horticulture Director

Hours per week: 10-32 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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