Lead Butterfly Atrium Associate: PART TIME

This position will provide oversite of the Butterfly Atrium’s live collections (both insect and Lepidoptera related), under the direction of the Conservatory Habitats Manager. Assists in leading the Atrium staff, helping to sustain adult lepidoptera populations, and maintaining individual and colonies of live insects. The individual will also ensure that the butterfly team is providing visitors a superior experience.

  • Lead daily operations of the Atrium including the care and feeding of the insects.
  • Ensure USDA compliance with processing butterfly pupae, maintaining a clean lab, and ensuring all systems are working properly.
  • Responsible for reviewing and making recommendations on insect care procedures, and educational programing to the Manager.
  • Responsible for the maintaining equipment and supplies in the facility.
  • Will assist with the training and coordination of staff, volunteers and interns that are interested in visitor engagement and insect care responsibilities.
  • Maintains insect care records for use in improving insect husbandry techniques and for USDA reports.
  • Assist education staff with school groups in Butterfly Atrium. Fulfill Manager on Duty shifts on a rotating basis.

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform duties/responsibilities:

  • Good oral and written communication
  • Background in the field of biological or agricultural science with specific knowledge of arthropod natural history
  • Knowledge of and experience with live arthropod care with specific knowledge of best practices in live insect care and display as well as exhibit maintenance. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with volunteers, staff, guests and colleagues, and the Garden’s visitors
  • Skill in attention to detail especially for reviewing animal husbandry practices and USDA records of containment
  • Ability to assist with content information for exhibit and program creation as well as being able to lead programs in the exhibit
  • Occasional need to help with the set-up or tear-down of activities
  • Work may be performed in a variety of outdoor and indoor environments and weather conditions
  • Requires physical effort including lifting up to 30 pounds and extended periods of standing or walking

Minimum education and experience requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in biological or agricultural sciences or equivalent experience
  • Experience with animal husbandry and volunteer management

Please send resume to BAUmberger@hersheygardens.org with “Lead Butterfly Atrium Associate” in the subject line.

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Butterfly Atrium Associate: PART TIME

Works in the Atrium ensuring visitors are having a superior educational experience. This includes engaging in visitor focused informal education, maintaining containment per our containment guidelines, and leading group tours.

Assists with receiving of tropical butterfly chrysalids on a weekly basis, including the following tasks:

  • Hanging and labeling each chrysalis in an emergence chamber
  • Recording the condition of each chrysalis and the supplier
  • Recording the emergence or non-emergence of each chrysalis 
  • Transferring emerged butterflies from the emergence chamber to the butterfly flight area 
  • Properly disposing of any dead specimens 
  • Entering all records into butterfly log booklet.

Assists with the maintenance of the Butterfly Atrium, making sure that the area is clean and systems are working properly.

Assists the Butterfly Atrium Coordinator in overseeing volunteers and interacting with live insects and guests at the "Bug Cart".

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform duties/responsibilities:

• Requires physical effort including lifting up to 20 pounds and extended periods of standing or walking.

Minimum education and experience requirements:

Associates Degree or higher in education, biology or horticulture preferred. Equivalent experience will be considered.

Experience working in an informal learning environment preferred. Experience working with living plants and animals preferred.

Please send resume to BAUmberger@hersheygardens.org with “Butterfly Atrium Associate” in the subject line.

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Seasonal Gardener: PART TIME

This part-time position is from March until mid-December.  You must be available for some weekend and evening events.  A typical work week would be 28 hours per week.  It will be either Monday thru Wednesday 8 hours and 4 hours on Thursday or Tuesday thru Thursday 8 hours and 4 hours Friday.

This position will assist gardening staff throughout the 23 acres. The position requires a general knowledge of working with plants and equipment. You may be asked to help with event planning and set-up. Training will be provided.

 Duties/Responsibilities: 

• Mowing grass weekly

• Weeding and edging weekly

• Deadheading roses weekly

• Mulching when needed

• Watering daily

• Working with volunteers

• Snow removal 

Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform duties/responsibilities:

• Able to work on your knees for a period of time

• Lifting 30 lbs.<

• Walking for great lengths

• Being able to communicate with others

• Special work hours (some weekends, evenings, and holidays)

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

• High school education or equivalent (must be at least 18 years old)

• Experience preferred but not mandatory (training will be provided)

• This position requires criminal history background checks in addition to child abuse background checks as a condition of employment

Please send resume to bkieffer@hersheygardens.org with “Seasonal Gardener” in the subject line.

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The M.S. Hershey Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions, including all hiring decisions, are made without regard to race, color, religion/creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, pregnancy, non-job-related disability, veteran status, possession of a General Education Development Certificate as compared to a high school diploma, or any other trait protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. We strive to hire the hardest working and most qualified individuals.