Job Overview


This position is located in the Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion, Department of Public Engagement, in the National Museum of Natural History.  The purpose of this position is to maintain the individual and colonies of live animals that are crucial to the success of the Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion.

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  • Prepares live exhibits; feeding and caring for more than seventy species of arthropods; propagates approximately thirty species of arthropods; maintains a healthy population of 300 to 400 butterflies and moths on exhibit, staffs the pavilion; and maintains a clean lab and exhibit spaces.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations on animal care procedures to the Manager.
  • Provides administrative support for the exhibits, primarily through record keeping and reporting.
  • Trains staff and volunteers in animal care responsibilities.
  • Assists the manager in leading tours and speaking to outside professionals.