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Indianapolis Zoo

Butterfly Keeper- Part Time

Have you ever thought that the job of your dreams would be working inside a magnificent glass conservatory, surrounded by beautiful flowers and lush green plants with beautiful butterflies fluttering through the air?  For a limited time, that job exists at the Indianapolis Zoo!  We are hiring a part-time Butterfly Keeper to work from now through October to care for our butterflies that are flittering through the Hilbert Conservatory. 

Keepers work the exhibit, answering questions for guests, and observing guest/ butterfly interactions.  You must be able to patiently provide exceptional customer service and have the ability to learn and explain butterfly behavior.  Butterfly Keepers must have excellent interpersonal skills, maintain a professional demeanor, and project a professional appearance due to regular visitor contact, and special events.  the pay for this position is $9.00/ hr. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Receive and inventory 
  • butterfly chrysalis shipments
  • Monitor chrysalis development
  • Feeding the butterflies, and cleaning the office and exhibit space
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Working evenings, week-ends, and holidays 

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in all types of weather conditions.  Required to be dressed according to weather conditions.  Comply with Zoo fress code which includes proper shoe apparel; name tag at all times; khaki pants; shorts or skirts; and Zoo issued shirt, clean and tucked in.

Additional Application Requirements:

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • When applying, please include the job title, “Butterfly Keeper”  in the “position desired” section of the application.
  • Please attach a cover letter and résumé with your application.
  • Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a limited criminal background check, a drug test and pre-employment training on child protection.
  • Employees must adhere to our grooming standards (No visible tattoos on the face or neck. Other visible tattoos may not contain offensive or derogatory images or language. No visible piercings, no tongue piercings, no ear gages, etc.)
  • The Indianapolis Zoo is an EOE/drug free/smoke free/child safe environment.
  • To help ensure receipt of your online application, we recommend applicants use a computer running Windows XP or higher, with at least Internet Explorer 8, Google Chrome, or Safari. Faxed, e-mailed, and dropped off applications are not accepted, and will not be considered.  ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED. 




Complimentary Zoo Membership, 403(B) Retirement Plan, Generous Paid Time Off


$9.00/ hr.

How to Apply

Candidates can apply online using the following web link: When applying, please include the job title, “Butterfly Keeper” in the “position desired” section of the application.

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 West Washington Street, P.O. Box 22309 Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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