Volunteer each week as an Animal Keeper Aide!


Cause Areas


Sat Apr 01, 2017 - Sat Sep 01, 2018


6252 West 104th AvenueWestminster, CO 80020


Position Overview: Participate in Butterfly Pavilion’s Research and Conservation program by feeding, cleaning and monitoring delicate invertebrate species. Animals under the Keeper Aide’s care include, but are not limited to, dragonflies, damselflies, and tarantulas.

Length of commitment: nine to12 hrs. per week, two to three days per week with days spaced out. For example, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Tuesday/Friday, Monday/Thursday, or Monday/Friday. Three days per week preferred. Weekend days are also acceptable. Ideally, this volunteer will begin in Spring of 2017 and continue through August 2017 or later.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Feed Research and Conservation animals.
  • Perform water and enclosure changes.
  • Communicate with Butterfly Pavilion staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Keep detailed records on care, development, and health of animals.

Initial Impact: Support the health and wellbeing of Research and Conservation animals.

Sustainable Outcome: Participate in the implementation of new animal husbandry techniques that may help research and conservation efforts around the world.

Training & Support: The volunteer reports to and is supported and trained by the Research and Conservation Coordinator. Training includes shadowing and monitored application in the laboratory and Rearing Room, as well as a full background and updates on research. The Keeper Aide will have access to grant proposals, plans, and papers relating to the projects they are contributing to.

Qualifications & Skills: Reliable; excellent communication; willingness to learn; ability to focus on a task; a gentle, steady hand; love of invertebrates; interest in science

Benefits to volunteer:Learn and practice Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) husbandry, record keeping and inventory practices, applicable across AZA accredited institutions. Participate in applied conservation research helping sensitive invertebrate animals.

*** To be considered for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to Julia McCleary, Volunteer Manager at jmccleary@butterflies.org. Qualified applicants will be interviewed and, ideally, asked to attend orientation on the morning of April 1st, 2017. All volunteers must pass reference and background checks. See www.butterflies.org from more details on volunteering. ***


Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • 9-12 hours per week through Aug 2017 or longer
  • Send resume and cover letter to jmccleary@butterflies.org

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