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Internships

Become a part of the team achieving global impact in invertebrate research, conservation and connection.

Butterfly Pavilion offers a number of internships throughout the year that allow students to obtain real-world experience in the fields of entomology, horticulture, education, exhibit interpretation and more.

Butterfly Pavilion internships are typically unpaid, part-time, and seasonal, requiring a commitment of 2 – 3 days per week for 3 – 5 months with the following application deadlines, unless otherwise specified:

  • Spring Application – Nov. 1
  • Summer Application – April 1
  • Fall Application – July 1

Interns will also complete an independent project and presentation at the end of their term. University credit for internships can be earned in most cases. Students interested in a Butterfly Pavilion internship are encouraged to check the academic internship requirements at their educational institution before applying.

GOCO Teen Internship

The GOCO Summer Teen Intern will support many facets of our organization. They will bring our exhibits to life, creating connections and providing fun learning opportunities for our guests through up-close animal experiences. They will support unforgettable field trip experiences for school and youth groups. Finally, they will support the horticulture staff by planting, pruning, weeding, watering foliage as well as research and restoration in our outdoor gardens.

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Colorado Butterfly Monitoring Network Intern

Butterfly Pavilion is currently seeking an organized, highly motivated and energetic individual to assist with a statewide citizen science project with a team of experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of the Butterfly Pavilion Colorado Butterfly Monitoring Network Internship is for students to gain knowledge and hands-on training in coordinating an extensive species monitoring program.

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Spring Education Intern

Butterfly Pavilion is seeking a creative, highly motivated and energetic individual to develop and implement programs for learners of all ages 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, youth development, social work, conservation, informal science education, biology, or interpretation.

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Visual Merchandiser Intern

The Visual Merchandiser is responsible for overall look and feel of the store, including storefront windows, sales floor, and displays. This individual will help to create the Merchandise Standards and be a training resource to achieve consistent merchandising message throughout the store.

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Community Education Intern

Butterfly Pavilion is seeking a creative, highly motivated and energetic individual to develop and implement programs for learners of all ages 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, youth development, social work, conservation, informal science education, biology, and interpretation.

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Summer Nature Camp Intern

Butterfly Pavilion is seeking an individual with an interest in environmental education, nature play, curriculum development and a love of teaching youth about the natural world through informal nature camp programming. This is a great opportunity for those seeking hands-on experience in environmental education, youth development, social work, conservation, formal and informal science education, biology, and interpretation.

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Education & Interpretation Intern

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.

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Curatorial Zookeeper Intern - Entomologist

Assist with terrestrial invertebrate care, animal handling, USDA compliance and visitor education as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of this internship is for students to gain knowledge in terrestrial invertebrate science, husbandry and education.

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Curatorial Zookeeper Intern - Aquarist

Assist with marine animal care, animal handling, and visitor education as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of this internship is for students to gain knowledge in marine animal science, husbandry and education.

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Curatorial Zookeeper Intern – Lepidoptera

Assist with Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) care, USDA compliance and reporting and visitor education as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of this internship is for students to gain knowledge in Lepidoptera husbandry, identification and education.

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Lead Zookeeper Intern

Assist with terrestrial invertebrate, Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth), and marine animal care. The intern will assist in USDA compliance and reporting and visitor education as part of a team of talented and experienced staff and volunteers. The primary goal of this internship is for students to gain knowledge in invertebrate animal husbandry and AZA accreditation requirements.

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Horticulture Intern

Butterfly Pavilion is 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.

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Urban Prairies Project Intern

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 UPP intern will gain experience in restoration and environmental monitoring while supporting the development of a strong restoration volunteer.

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