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Tennessee Aquarium

Entomologist II

At the Tennessee Aquarium, our mission is to connect people with nature and empower them to make informed decisions about water and wildlife. We are passionate about a number of values which include respect for research and conservation, a mindset of lifelong learning, and a diverse, collaborative and learning-based work environment.

The Entomologist II position is responsible for overseeing and participating in the husbandry and exhibition of lepidopteran specimens. Responsibilities also include working with the Butterfly Garden bird collection and horticultural program as well as exploring and implementing projects that enhance the exhibit experience. The Entomologist II is responsible for the knowledge and implementation of all USDA rules and regulations relating to the butterfly collection, receiving room, and exhibit space. They will help with other Forest section husbandry areas and programming as needed.


Key Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for the daily care and handling of the Aquarium's pupae and adult butterflies. Receives and opens shipments of pupae in a manner approved by the USDA.

  2. Examines and assesses all incoming shipments of pupae for the presence of parasites. Documents findings and destroys infected pupae following approved protocols. Assesses daily the status of all specimens to detect specific health-related concerns.

  3. Responsible for the maintenance and disinfection of the receiving room including the chrysalis emergence cases and maintenance of the butterfly display area including disinfection of the feeding stations.

  4. Maintains stocks of supplies and equipment for receiving room and management of butterflies on exhibit.

  5. Assists Curator in research, design, development and modification of the butterfly exhibit, or related exhibits.

  6. Assesses daily the status and condition of all specimens, exhibits, and back-up areas within area of responsibility to identify priority pre-opening tasks and health concerns.

  7. Prepares and distributes butterfly diets, and maintains necessary food stocks.

  8. Maintains correspondence with other professionals in the field. Keeps abreast with current literature related to area of responsibility. Attends and makes presentations to professional conferences and meetings. Participates in AZA conservation programs such as the Butterfly Conservation Initiative, the Monarch SAFE program, etc.

  9. Attends Forest/Husbandry staff meetings and periodic general staff meetings. Answers questions from visitors or callers. Assists with the training and supervision of Forest section volunteers/interns assigned to the butterfly area.


Key Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in entomology or a related field, or the equivalent to a degree in experience

  • Previous experience in captive management and exhibition of lepidopterans

  • Demonstrated skills in the captive care and exhibition of lepidopterans.

  • Knowledge of and ability to work within government regulations concerning the exhibition of lepidopterans.

  • Ability to work in mixed species exhibits.

  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds

  • Climbing ladders

  • Working in cramped and awkward spaces requiring crouching or crawling

Full Time, hourly; weekend and holiday work required

The Tennessee Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting an inclusive environment

that values and supports diversity and equality among staff, volunteers and all of its audiences.

Experience Required

18 months in related field



How to Apply

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

Tennessee Aquarium
Chattanooga, TN

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