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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 Exhibit Interpreters play a vital role in our daily operations. A completed application is your first step in joining our team of dedicated Exhibit Interpreters. 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
  • Receive free admission for immediate family members & $1.00 off admission for their guests
  • 40% discount in the gift shop!
  • Enjoy year-round visits

Position Options

Our exhibit interpreters 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. Exhibit Interpreters gain and hone many skills including guest interaction, animal handling (optional), species identification and environmental education with aquatic life and butterflies.

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Butterfly Interpreter

Our Butterfly Interpreter position is unique and critical to the Butterfly House. Primary duties include making the visitors feel welcome, answering questions, and, of course, making sure the butterflies don’t get out! This is one of our most popular positions because of the tranquility of the Butterfly House. Interpreters are encouraged to develop their butterfly knowledge and species identification skills

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Stingray Interpreter

We are looking for individuals who are ocean animal enthusiasts or just want to learn more and share their knowledge! Stingray Interpreters work at the Stingray Touch Pool, where they educate guests and share fun facts about these amazing animals.

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Tidal Pool Interpreter

If you are fascinated by the ocean's diverse marine life, this is the perfect position for you! Volunteer with these incredible invertebrates and help guests safely touch the sea stars, sea cucumbers and sea urchins

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Internships

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

volunteer@sdaquarium.org

Requirements

Exhibit Interpreters must be at least 14 years old to volunteer in the aquarium and at least 16 to volunteer in the Butterfly House. 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.

Let's Get in Touch

Have a question? Give us a ring or contact our team. 605-334-9466