Butterfly Garden Volunteer


The Butterfly Garden is a tropical escape where the Museum visitor can observe free flying butterflies and a variety of plants in a peaceful greenhouse setting. These butterflies come from all over the world, including places like, Costa Rica and South Africa. The Garden gives visitors an opportunity to get an up-close look at their exquisite colors, amazing camouflage techniques and playful behavior. Museum visitors can also observe their feeding behaviors, mating rituals and overall harmonious nature. It’s a great opportunity to teach visitors about moth and butterfly life cycles, the circle of life and butterfly/plant interactions.


Butterfly Garden volunteers will be trained to engage and interact with our visitors. They will learn a basic understanding of butterfly biology and identification. Volunteers should be comfortable in a space which includes the life cycle of butterflies and moths. Volunteers should be able to speak easily to the public and to groups of 20-30 children. Volunteers should be comfortable with the humid temperature of the Butterfly Garden which has a continuous climate of 80 degrees.

Minimum Qualifications

Must be 18 years or older.

Additional Details


Four to six month commitment, one 3.5 hour shift per week. Volunteer positions are available seven days a week.


Attendance at the New Volunteer Orientation session is required.

How To Apply

Become part of our volunteer team! To apply, please print the appropriate volunteer application below, complete it, and mail it to our Office of Volunteer Services:

Mail to:

Office of Volunteer Services Museum of Science Science Park Boston, MA 02114-1099

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.