Husbandry Volunteers assist Aquarists and Biologists with animal care, food preparation, general habitat maintenance, and other tasks determined by department.
*Applicants must be 18 years old to participate as a Husbandry Volunteer. Applicants go through an application, interview, and orientation process to determine best fit and skills. Animal husbandry volunteering is designed for people who have (or had) a career in animal care, those who are currently studying in a related field, or those who are able to be flexible with a dedicated schedule and learn detailed information about animal care and exhibit maintenance.
Those who are interested can fill out our online application at: https://butterflyhouseaquarium.org/volunteer-application
Available shifts are:
Monday - Friday: 8:00am-12:00pm, or 12:00pm-4:00pm
Any questions can be directed to:
In light of COVID-19 the Butterfly House & Aquarium REQUIRES all staff and volunteers to wear a face covering during the duration of their shift. For the safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests, all guests are STRONGLY REQUESTED to wear a face covering upon entrance to the facility and during the entirety of their visit. There are also several hand sanitizing stations at the entrance to each exhibit and heightened cleaning procedures throughout the day.
08:00 AM to 12:00 PM
12:00 PM to 04:00 PM
NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
Inspiring conservation of the vital building blocks of sea, sky, and land
The Butterfly House & Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are the only public saltwater aquarium in the Dakotas and one of only a few butterfly houses nationwide that are open year-round.
A home to thousands of species, coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse environments on the planet. They also serve as fish nurseries, providing protection, food and shelter for young scaly swimmers. The Aquarium Gallery at the Butterfly House & Aquarium displays hundreds of different species of fishes and corals in over 10,000 gallons of aquariums. From coral reefs and anemones, to seahorses and tangs, our saltwater exhibits are home to marine life from the Indo-Pacific region to the Caribbean.
Step into the jungle, where lush vegetation surrounds you and it’s always a balmy 80 degrees. Over 800 butterflies from every corner of the globe welcome you to their 3,600 square foot home in the Dakota’s largest insectarium. Enjoy the serenity and awe-inspiring beauty that is the Butterfly House on your local tropical getaway.
A fun atmosphere designed for exploration and learning is what you’ll find at the Discovery Den, where parents and children examine nature’s wonders through interactive exhibits, activities and educational displays.
We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 2 shifts
4320 South Oxbow AvenueSioux FallsSioux Falls, SD57106
May 8, 2021
Animal Care / Handling
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
This position requires a 3-month commitment and a consistent schedule.
Volunteers will go through a more selective process of interviewing with inquiries for husbandry volunteering.