Student Worker--Aveda Butterfly Garden

Organization: Minnesota Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
Job or Internship: Job


$ 12.82-$ 15.01 hourly

Date Posted: 02/26/2014

Closing Date: 03/11/2014

Position End Date: 09/02/2014

Hiring Agency: Minnesota Zoological Garden

Location: 13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Posting Number: 14MZG000008

Employment Conditions: Limited, Part-time , 75%

Work Shift: Day Shift

Days of Work: Sun-Sat , 09:15 AM-05:15 PM

Travel Required: no

Job Grouping: General Administration

Classified Status: Unclassified

Job Description: Hours of work are 7-1/2 hrs/day, 4 days/week for a total of 30 hours weekly.Weekend days off vary. Expected employment begin date June 1, 2014 and end date September 2, 2014.

Responsibilities for the Entomologist Student Worker include care and maintenance of butterflies and moths, caterpillars and pupae that are contained in the butterfly hoop house, interacting with visitors throughout the day, and providing interpretive information about the hoop house exhibit as well as general information about the Zoo. Position is responsible for crowd control, supervising visitor interaction with butterflies to prevent injury, death and escape of butterflies.

Duties to include:

-Daily maintenance of insect collection and butterfly hoop house

-Interact with Zoo volunteers and guests while supervising the Butterfly Garden

-Provide interpretive information to Zoo volunteers and guests

-Monitor the garden area to prevent damage, butterfly/moth escapees, pest

problems, etc.

-Accurate record keeping

-Reply to pertinent correspondence

-Assist with reference work or additional tasks as needed

-Provide daily care of caterpillars

-Inspect butterfly pupa shipments and hang pupa in emersion boxes

-Maintain USDA APHIS containment guidelines

-Control guest traffic in and out of the exhibit

Minimum Qualifications: Must be a full-time college student taking coursework in biology, entomology, or closely related. Must be able to perform interpretation. Must be able to stand for long periods of time. Must have excellent communication and human relations skills.

Application must include the following in order to be considered:

1) Cover Letter including a paragraph explaining why you are interested in the

butterfly student worker position at the Minnesota Zoo

2) Unofficial transcripts

3) Three professional references

Send 1), 2), and 3) completely together by the following ways:

A) Email to with a subject line: Butterfly

Student Worker ParaProfessional.

B) Mail to:

Minnesota Zoo

Attn: Human Resources - Butterfly Student Worker ParaProfessional

13000 Zoo Blvd.

Apple Valley, MN 55124

**Job is contingent on a vaild D drivers license and background check**

Selection Process: The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

How to Apply: Most State selection processes utilize a resume-based screening process. You will be contacted by agency staff if your background best matches the selection criteria on this job posting. To apply for this position, go to:

and enter job posting 14MZG000008.

Contact for More Information: Amy Wassmund,