Butterfly House Coordinator

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


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

Supervisor(s): Director of Animal Management      Employment Type:                 0.75 – Seasonal

                        Director of Guest Services                Hours:                                     Varies

Wage:             $11.00/hour                                      Revised:                                 Februray 2018



Principal Function: This person oversees the daily operation and maintenance of the zoo’s native-species butterfly house, supervises seasonal Butterfly Attendants and provides education and courteous assistance to the public.  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:

  • Oversee entire butterfly house operation, including scheduling proper staffing, daily maintenance, upkeep of daily logs, coordination of plant care, and husbandry for native species.
  • Evaluate, update and implement staff training materials.
  • Provide excellent customer service, including greeting visitors and providing informal education about native species.
  • Request purchases for butterfly house.
  • Develop and coordinate staffing schedule and supervise seasonal attendants.
  • Work closely with staff and volunteers to create educational materials, interpretive signage, and programs related to the butterfly house.
  • Provide a safe environment for visitors, staff, and native species.


Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Environmental Education, Conservation, Wildlife Management, or other related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Supervisory experience that includes creating schedules, training staff, and staff management.
  • Available to work May through September.

Competency and Knowledge Requirements:

  • Knowledge of native butterfly species, particularly care/husbandry, best practices, and reproduction cycle.
  • Strong self-starter with excellent communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Critical thinker, with the ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, volunteers, and the public.
  • 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/