Butterfly Pavilion
  • 29-Mar-2022 to Until Filled (MST)
  • Education
  • Westminster, CO, USA
  • Unpaid
  • Internship - Unpaid


Education Intern

Supervisor: School Programs Manager

About Butterfly Pavilion: Here at Butterfly Pavilion, we transform the way people think about invertebrates. These small but mighty animals that surround us are so much more than people think. They are everywhere because everything depends on them. They are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom. As the leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection, Butterfly Pavilion works to foster an appreciation of these critical animals by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation. Whether it is providing unique, hands-on learning experiences in our exhibits and educational programs, conducting new research that sets the standard for zoos across the country or building innovative solutions for species and habitat conservation in countries around the world, Butterfly Pavilion is leading the way in ensuring invertebrates are protected for the future.

A large part of who we are as an organization is how we interact with each other. Valuing our facility, guests, donors, and our team is a priority, without these puzzle pieces we can't make it all work, these Core Values guide us throughout our day. We Love What We Do at Butterfly Pavilion, we Make Science Cool by Going Above and Beyond for all guests, donors, and team members while also Leading Change in invertebrate conservation. We Know Our Stuff and work to have a healthy culture by Being Positive and Welcoming to All. These aren't just words, but words for us to live by here at Butterfly Pavilion.

Core Values:

Make Science Cool: Science has the power to change the world and education is where it starts. We immerse our guests in the world of invertebrates, creating a safe, comfortable atmosphere to make connections to nature, filling guests with wonder and inspiring them to embrace their role as stewards of our environment.

Go Above and Beyond: It is "our job" to find a solution, even if we did not create the problem. We never stop with okay, instead striving for world class in all we do.

Love What You Do: As a conservation organization, we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do the work we do each day. Independ of role, project, or task, we stand behind that work with an unwavering belief in the significance of our efforts to support our mission, knowing our passion will inspire others to join our efforts.

Be Positive: We approach challenges with vibrant optimism. Always assuming positive intent, we embrace a productive problem-solving attitude and a supportive team-oriented atmosphere.

Know Your Stuff: We are the experts on invertebrates and their conservation. We are well-informed and present knowledge in a way that is accessible to the public and allows us to embrace our role as a community leader locally and globally.

Lead Change: We approach our work with a sense of exploration and adventure, pioneering new ways to view the world in which we live. As problem solvers, we seek new ways of tackling challenges and approaching opportunities.

Welcome All: We pride ourselves in embracing diversity of thoughts, beliefs, and lifestyles. We embrace a kind, compassionate, and engaging approach, welcoming all people in the work we do. We seek a competency of cultural understanding and social responsibility to make it as easy as possible for others to join us in conserving our natural world.

Commitment: 8-16 hours a week

Position Summary: The Education Intern will serve a valuable role in the Education department at Butterfly Pavilion, providing support for our interpretation and education teams and assisting in the development of programs including developing a proposal for a discovery tote to be implemented by the Mines Museum at School of Mines

Stipend: unpaid internship

Key Skills Learned:

  • Able to demonstrate capacity for communicating STEM concepts to a variety of audiences including youth, adults, and intergenerational
  • Increase knowledge of invertebrate biology, life history, importance, and proper handling
  • Develop skills to be an advocate for invertebrate conservation, needs, and importance
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of conservation education and informal education
  • Gain experience in developing activities which are educational, entertaining, and accessible for parents and teachers
  • Explore alternative careers in education (i.e. careers outside of traditional schoolteacher or administrator)
  • Build confidence and capacity in thinking critically, solving problems, and adapting to quickly changing situations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support to the Programs, Interpretation, and Exhibits (PIE) Department.
  • Provide exhibit interpretation & animal handling to provide interpretive support in exhibits.
  • Facilitate play-based learning and providing educational information to guests of all ages.
  • Create 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.
  • Assist Education team in program delivery, classroom management, and resource management
  • Research and develop a proposal for a "Mines Museum Discovery Tote" to be checked out from the Mines Museum at School of Mines
  • Support Education team in creating curriculum and props for educational programming as needed.

Training: Successfully complete New Volunteer and Intern Orientation and All Team Training. Animal handling training as possible. Depending on interest, complete summer camp educator training as is applicable.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Interest in engaging children and learners of all ages with environmental education about science, invertebrates, and conservation.
  • Experience with or interest in learning about curriculum development
  • 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
  • Bilingual preferred

Minimum Age Requirement: 18 years old

Physical Demands: While performing the responsibilities of the Education Intern, the intern is required to talk and hear as well as use hands and fingers to handle and feel. The intern may be required to sit or stand for long periods of time and may occasionally be required to stoop, crawl, reach, kneel, or crawl. Use of a computer is also required.

Sustainable Impacts:

  • Encourage guests to engage in conservation minded actions
  • Build long lasting interest in invertebrates, conservation, and science
  • Develop confidence in invertebrate knowledge and public speaking
  • Build Butterfly Pavilion's capacity to offer engaging and novel educational programming
  • Increase outreach and impact within underserved communities or communities that have not historically been reached by Butterfly Pavilion
  • Provide job growth and career development in the education field

Evaluation: Education Interns will be evaluated according to the same metrics used for Environmental Educators meaning that they will follow a prescribed work plan and meet with their supervisor regularly. There will also be a mid-internship review and end of internship presentation and review for a total of 2 reviews over the internship and one formal presentation.

Start date: Until Filled

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