Employment Opportunity or Internship Mackinac Island, Michigan

Hiring Organization: Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World
Employment type: Internship
Job Location: Mackinac Island, Michigan
Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

Employment Opportunity or Internship Mackinac Island, Michigan – 2018




The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World is looking for students or recent graduates studying entomology, or who are working on a degree in a related field. This is a paid position. The position is open May 3rd through the student’s return to school date, or through the end of the season which is October. This position will provide professional and intellectual development of students through a multi-disciplinary educational approach and hands-on work experience. Each employee is required to work in their specialized area(s) 5 and ½ days each week, including weekends and evening hours. All employees are required to complete various components of the job through the guidance of their supervisor. There are no motorized vehicles on the island and it is the responsibility of the employee to bring a bicycle to the island for transportation, if desired. Housing is provided by the employer for a monthly fee.


Job Description

1) The employee will be in charge of communicating with the USDA and all suppliers regarding incoming shipments of foreign and domestic Lepidoptera. The employee will work part-time in a USDA regulated lab, and must be comfortable working with live insects. He/she will be in charge of all handling, caring for, and maintenance of insects, dead and alive.

2) The employee will be in charge of food sources for all insects. This will require a structured feeding schedule prepared, and strictly followed. An artificial food source is required to supplement the butterflies’ source of nectar in the garden, and the care and maintenance of the feeder insects for the other larger, live exhibited insects will be necessary.

3) Employee will assist with the observation of honey bee behaviors, potential disease, infestation and hive maintenance.

4) All USDA record keeping will be done by the employee on a weekly basis. Knowledge of Excel, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint is required.

5) Good organizational skills and completion of work in a timely manner is a must, as the handling of pupae is time sensitive.

6) Educating the public: The employee will work a specific number of hours in the butterfly, and insect exhibit areas. The purpose of this time is to educate the public by giving tours, working with, and answering questions asked by our customers.

7) Research opportunities are available, employees are free to conduct independent research (butterfly/insect behaviors, emergence rates, temperature controls etc.)

Interested applicants should send the following information:

1) A copy of your resume

2) 3 references (total) – personal/professional/educational Send to: butterflyhouse91@gmail.com & galle25@aol.com

Attn: Bob Gale/Ruth Adamus Subject: Employment/Internship


Information should be received no later than February 28th, 2018.

Positions are filled no later than March 25th.

Any questions should be directed to the emails above.

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