Butterfly House Attendant

Lake Superior Zoo
Jobs - Part Time & Seasonal
Duluth, MN

Title:               Butterfly House Attendant                Exempt/Non-Exempt:           Non-Exempt

Supervisor:    Butterfly House Coordinator             Employment Type:                 0.25 -0.75 FTE Seasonal

                        Director of Guest Services                Hours:                                     Varies

Wage:             $9.65                                                  Revised:                                 February 2018




Principal Function: Under the supervision of the Butterfly House Coordinator, a Seasonal Butterfly House Attendant is primarily responsible for the care, feeding, physical wellbeing and safety of butterflies housed in the Butterfly Exhibit, and engaging guests and monitoring the safe interactions with the butterflies.  This person must adhere to and promote the zoo’s mission, and be a valuable and contributing member of the zoo team.  

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Open & close exhibit daily.
  • Feed, water, and care for butterflies in accordance with protocols (training provided)
  • In coordination with zoo Horticulture Volunteers, feed and water butterfly house plantings as needed.
  • Perform general daily housekeeping and maintain a clean and orderly work environment.
  • Engage the public and provide information to assist with interpretation of butterfly species and life cycles (education provided).
  • Maintaining a welcoming, educational atmosphere in the butterfly house.
  • Maintaining a safe environment for butterflies, guests, and staff.


Education & Experience:

  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older, available to work flexible hours, including weekends, and some evenings and holidays, as needed. 
  • Applicants must also be computer literate (e-mail, internet, MS Office); and able to stand and walk the majority of the shift.
  • Applicants should also have a “willing” and “can-do” attitude.

Competency and Knowledge Requirements:

  • Ability to be personable and communicate in an engaging, energetic and professional demeanor for public interactions. 
  • Ability to remain calm and courteous when dealing with difficult public interactions.
  • Excellent verbal skills to include tact, creativity and calm demeanor, and able to greet and communicate effectively with guests, staff, volunteers, and vendors.
  • Ability to be punctual and reliable.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently.
  • Ability to work in varying weather conditions.
  • Ability to work safely, recognize safety hazards, and apply proper safety precautions.
  • Ability to work varied schedules including weekends and some evenings and holidays.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills – MS Office Suite


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions, and occasionally exposed to adverse environmental conditions such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, fumes, and temperature and noise extremes. The employee is in direct contact with native species butterflies and plants, and works in close quarters. The noise level in the work environment is moderate; occasional loud noises from visitors, animals or equipment are experienced.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for several hours; walk, reach with hands and arms, use hand to finger, handle, or feel, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance; stoop, kneel, bend, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, and peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.  Evaluating animal health, diet, or environment requires hearing and smell.  Interaction with staff, guests, and animals requires talking and hearing. 


We will be interviewing in March, and the butterfly house will open full-time in late-May. 


Visit our website for the full job description and application:  http://www.lszooduluth.org/about-the-zoo/employment/