Job Summary – Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens seeks seasonal Butterflies and Animal Care Assistants to participate in exhibit-related programming and perform all tasks associated with the successful operation of the Conservatory’s Blooms and Butterflies exhibition. This role rotates from monitoring the entrance to the exhibition and communicating about the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policies with Conservatory visitors, to providing daily demonstrations and interacting with visitors in the biome. The Butterflies and Animal Care Assistant helps maintain the Emergence Center and the Conservatory’s animal collections.
• Serves as a Butterfly Ambassador by carefully observing visitors to look for hitchhiking butterflies as guests exit the butterfly enclosure.
• Alerts visitors to the federal regulations, paces large groups, and reminds visitors not to touch the butterflies.
• Advances the Conservatory’s education, interpretation, and interaction programs for visitors, and delivers daily formal and informal education to the public about the butterflies in the exhibition.
• Maintains the Emergence Center to highest standard and provides care for the insects in the exhibition including but not limited to: inventory, pinning, capturing, releasing, and feeding.
• Supports the care of the Conservatory’s additional animal collections, including, but not limited to: the Koi and the Macaws. This includes daily diet preparations and feedings, cleaning and disinfecting animal areas, animal observation and record keeping.
• Assists the Butterflies and Animal Care Coordinator at the Monarch Hatchery in the Pollinators Garden. This includes changing the milkweed, caring for the caterpillars, and tagging the monarchs.
• Performs other duties as assigned and demonstrates focus on serving the visitors and guests of the Conservatory.
• 1 year experience or college coursework in Biology, Entomology, or related field
• Prior customer service experience
• Experience and comfort with public speaking in front of large groups
• Prior experience working with birds, fish, and butterfly or insect care in a public organization
• Strong interest in butterflies and other pollinators
• Basic computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word and Excel
• Available to work days, evenings, weekends, and some holidays
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, comfortable with public speaking in front of large groups and engaging visitors
• Excellent presentation skills
• Strong organization skills, resulting in completing tasks on time with strong attention to detail
• Ability to provide excellent customer service and visitor experience
• Ability to establish good working relationships with fellow employees, volunteers, and visitors
• Ability to occasionally lift, carry or otherwise move materials weighing up to 20lbs
To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org