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Volunteering at the Butterfly House & Aquarium is an experience like none other in the area!

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Join the Adventure

Volunteering at the Butterfly House & Aquarium is an experience like none other in the area! Our volunteers come from all walks of life and give their time according to what best fits their schedule. Some volunteer once to several times a week, while others come in as available.

With over one million guests served since 2002, the Butterfly House & Aquarium’s Volunteers play a vital role the daily operations. A completed application is your first step in joining our team of dedicated Volunteers. We welcome you to join us!

Benefits

  • Learn and interact with beautiful tropical butterflies and fascinating ocean creatures
  • Socialize with guests from around the world
  • Volunteers receive free, year-round admission*
  • 40% discount in the gift shop!

*pending participation requirements

Volunteer Position Availabilities

Our Volunteers interact with nearly every guest and serve as a learning resource for those who enter the space. They help individuals connect and engage with ocean life and tropical butterflies. Volunteers gain and acquire many skills including guest interaction, species identification, and environmental education with aquatic life and butterflies.

All Volunteers receive in-depth training in their department to equip them with the knowledge to enhance each guest's visit.

Conservatory Volunteer

Butterfly House Volunteer

Volunteers transport our guests to the rainforest, welcoming them into a unique experience walking among tropical butterflies. Volunteers provide educational information about butterflies, plants, and the rainforest. Volunteers ensure no butterflies leave with the guests.

Stingray Touchpool Vols

Aquarium Volunteer

Volunteers engage all guests with educational information and an experience that goes beyond the aquarium acrylic. Volunteers transport guests into an ocean adventure and are responsible for monitoring the Stingray and Tidal Touch Pools.

Jackie Husbandry

Husbandry Volunteer

Husbandry Volunteers assist Aquarists and Biologists with animal care, food preparation, general habitat maintenance, and other tasks determined by department. *Applicants must be 18 years old to participate as a Husbandry Volunteer.

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Avery Internship

Internships

Internships are available for individuals seeking experience in marine biology, ecology, lepidoptera, education, horticulture, development, volunteer management, and/or marketing. Interns may receive college credits for their internship. Internships are on a volunteer basis. If interested, please email a resume and cover letter to the email below.

volunteer@sdaquarium.org

Requirements

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer in the Butterfly House & Aquarium. Those under 18 years of age must have a parent complete and sign a consent form prior to their first assignment. Background screening may be required for some positions.

Husbandry Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Let's Get in Touch

Have a question? Contact our team. 605-334-9466 ext. 14