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Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

“To inspire our public to value the presence of living things in our lives” We at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory hold everything we do against the expectations laid forth in our mission statement. Every animal exhibit, plant exhibit, education class and youth camp is driven by this statement and our commitment to the community in which we live.

Butterfly Exhibit Internship

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is a public park which is visited by over 2.5 million people each year. Como’s mission is to inspire the public to value the presence of plants and animals in our lives. Interns will gain valuable experience in handling all life stages of Lepidoptera, while maintaining a botanical display, and interacting with Como visitors at a seasonal butterfly exhibit. College credit is required.


Provide general upkeep of butterfly exhibit area

 Prepare fruit diet; clean and replenish host plant material in the larvae exhibit chamber

 Identify, inventory, inspect, record, pin, and release Lepidoptera as needed.

 Clean, disinfect and monitor the indoor pupae emergence chambers

 Monitor exhibit for compliance in USDA containment guidelines

 Perform tasks in outdoor environment in varied temperatures, high humidity, and precipitation

 Accurately answer visitor questions about Lepidoptera, plants and conservation

 Perform other duties as assigned


 Demonstrate reliance and responsibility for working independently and as a team

 Demonstrate safe, professional and respectful manner in all work areas

 Practice and promote excellence in sanitary habits in food prep, care of aimals and care of exhibit

 Work a pre-arranged schedule with weekly shifts of 5-8 hours at least 4 days (including weekends and holidays)

 Give advance notice for schedule changes and address work concerns with supervisor

 Understand and follow required Como Campus policies and procedures

 Become familiar with daily updates and happenings and know how to refer visitor queries


 Be enrolled as a science major in a related field of study (Zoology, Biology, Horticulture etc)

 Gain approval to earn college credit for internship

 Follow application procedures and timelines as specified

 Perform other duties as assigned

Further Comments

Intern applicant must: Be currently enrolled in a science major in a related field of study (Horticulture, Zoology, Biology etc) Be available for at least 20-32 hours per week Meet all qualifications listed in the position description A complete intern application packet must include:  Cover letter indicating reasons for interest in a Como internship  Resume summarizing education and employment experiences  Two letters of reference; at least one from a professional within your primary field of study  Completed Internship Application form (found on our website) Deadlines for applications: Summer semester: March 15th



How to Apply

visit our website at and download the butterfly internship application. Submission information is located on the application.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Phone: 651-487-8252
Fax: 651-487-8278

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