Butterfly House Description: The butterfly house is a seasonal (open to the public July – October) exhibit providing a close-up, educational experience on the natural history and life cycle of butterflies. It showcases 20+ species of native butterflies and their host and nectar plants. We emphasize the importance plant-animal relationships in nature as well as the creation and protection of native habitats.

Intern Butterfly House Responsibilities:

  • Help observe and care for the eggs, caterpillars, chrysalides, and butterflies in the house
  • Help plant and care for the host and nectar plants in the house
  • Assist with and/or teach educational programs in the butterfly house
  • Help supervise and act as butterfly docent during public viewing times
  • Assist with meadow and/or trail management
  • Assist with school fieldtrips, summer camp, and public programs
  • Other duties as needed: i.e., special events, data-entry, community science projects, data collection, etc.


  • Individuals 16 years or older pursuing a career in education, biology, environmental science, botany, zoology, or related fields are preferred.
  • Experience and interest in handling insects, invertebrates, plants, and getting hands dirty.
  • Enthusiasm for and experience working with the general public.
  • Friendly, flexible, creative, self-motivated personality with good communication skills.
  • Ability to work in summer heat for several hours at a time & lift objects up to 30 lbs.

Time Requirements: 

  • Late May through August, with option to begin in April and/or continue through October.
  • 2-3 days per week; one Saturday or Sunday per month may be required.
  • 3-7 hours per day; availability approximately 9:00am – 4:00pm.


  • Expand your skillset and gain valuable experience to build a career in environmental science, environmental education, horticulture, invertebrate zoology, entomology, biology, etc.
  • Training in natural history, life cycle of butterflies, gardening, and general ecology concepts.
  • Work with a local, reputable Non-Profit.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and two references to the Butterfly House Manager at sborowy@ladewgardens.com.

Applications Due: April 15th, 2023

Proposed Start Date: End of May/June 2023