Insect Keeper Intern (unpaid)

Organization: Butterfly House, Division Missouri Botanical Garden (AZA Member)
Location: Chesterfield (St Louis Region), Missouri, Country
Job or Internship: Internship

The Insect Keeper internship involves hands-on work with all non-venomous invertebrates and other animals at the Butterfly House. Interns will help maintain the collection and help process shipments. This will include feeding, tank cleaning and, when needed, tank set-up. Weekend and summer interns will be required to spend time in the classroom for hands-on demonstrations with education animals after completing animal handling training.

Interns will be responsible for following all USDA/APHIS requirements and animal record guidelines. Interns will have direct interaction with the public and should be capable of answering questions about the butterflies and animals at the Butterfly House. They must also be willing to help educate the public about animals and their interactions with the natural world.


140 hour minimum commitment (will adjust to meet school requirements)

Related coursework or experience in area

2.5 Cumulative GPA

High school seniors entering college in the fall are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Internship dates: (3½ months)

Summer: May – mid-August (application deadline: April 1)

Fall: September – mid-December (application deadline: July 15)

Spring: mid-January – April (application deadline: November 15)

Hours: part time/20 hours per week; full time/37.5 hours per week

Apply now by emailing a cover letter, resume and Intern Application

to Jennifer Mullix;