Summer Butterfly Garden – Suit Internship


The Butterfly Garden Intern will be involved in many different aspects of the Butterfly Garden – he or she will assist with the upkeep of the space, interact with the public, help with the live collection and provide feedback to the supervisors. The Intern will learn skills related to informal science education and management of living habitat displays.

Department Summary

The Butterfly Garden is a living habitat of plants and butterflies which is open to the public every day. The exhibit involves a variety of horticultural and curatorial expertise to maintain the exhibit to museum standards. The educational offerings on the floor are informal, including kiosk interpretation and hands-on education. Ongoing development of new topics in insect-plant relationships are also a primary element of the exhibit.


- Support the ongoing running of the exhibit.
- Interact with the visitors to the Garden – answer questions related to Butterflies and interpret educational materials.
- Inspect and recognize any trouble in the life support systems of the Garden, Environmental conditions, plant pest, plant and butterfly health.
- Conduct routine maintenance and specific horticultural and animal care duties such as inspection and preparing pupa, preparation of artificial butterfly diets, watering, fertilizing plants, transplanting, pruning and plant propagation.
- Recognize and correct any butterfly containment problems.

Minimum Qualifications

- Must be enrolled in Undergraduate or Graduate program.
- College-level coursework in biology, ecology, and/or entomology.
- Interest in the care and management of butterfly exhibits from both horticultural and insect aspects.
- Attention to detail & willingness to maintain consistent care of butterflies & plants
- Interest in informal science education.
- Self-motivated, willing to work independently and as part of a team
- Strong Customer Service Skills.

Additional Details

Hours / Days Per Week

21 hours/week (up to 35 may be possible if required by an academic program). Either Saturdays or Sundays (full 7 hours) required plus two other days/week.


A special grant-funded position at $10.00/hour


Summer 2014 (May/June – August)

How To Apply

In order to be considered for an internship, please email the internship program coordinator with the following:

  • The exact internship position title in the subject line
  • A cover letter detailing your interest in and relevant experience related to a specific internship position
  • A resumé that includes contact information of three references

You may apply for multiple positions; please send a separate email with a tailored cover letter for each position. Emails are preferred and can be processed more quickly. However, we are also able to accept cover letters and resumés by mail or fax if necessary:

Mail to:

Internship Program Coordinator Museum of Science Science Park Boston, MA 02114

617-589-0362 (FAX)

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Museum of Science seeks to recruit, hire, develop, promote, and retain individuals from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds and persons with disabilities. We strive to create and sustain a more affirming environment for all staff, interns, volunteers, trustees and overseers. We value expertise gained at the Museum and encourage professional development and career growth.