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Entomology Specialist 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science, one of North Carolina’s top family destinations, has been a beloved Durham institution for 75 years. The Museum features 84 acres of exhibits, experiences, and outdoor exploration, including one of the East Coast's largest butterfly conservatories and a two-story science center. As an accredited zoo, the Museum is home to lemurs, black bears, endangered red wolves, and more than 140 species of live animals, butterflies, and insects. Readers of Durham Magazine, Indy Week, and Carolina Parent have repeatedly named us the top Museum in the Triangle. Charity Navigator rated the Museum, a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, 100 out of 100-- the highest possible score.

Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people of all ages embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world. The Museum serves our increasingly diverse community with interactive and accessible experiences that build and develop lifelong connections with science, nature, and critical thinking. The Museum partners with NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina on many research projects and programs.

In addition to an incredible team of co-workers, the Museum provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as a full array of employee benefits for eligible positions, including a generous 403b retirement plan with employer contributions, health, dental, and vision insurance, flex-spending plans, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, nine paid annual holidays, employee appreciation events, and a family membership to the Museum.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  

The Entomology Specialist supports the Museum’s mission by ensuring an optimal visitor experience through maintaining aesthetic and functional excellence of the invertebrate exhibits and collections of Magic Wings Butterfly House, and by engaging the Museum visitors in public programs of the Butterfly House.


In coordination with the insectarium manager:

  • Act to maintain and prepare the BFH areas for opening to the public;
  • Act to perform daily maintenance and enhancement of the insectarium displays to assure animal health and attractive presentation;
  • Act to maintain, collect and propagate the living collections of invertebrates for public exhibition programs, or as food cultures, and assure health and wellbeing of all cultures;
  • Act to maintain accurate records, labelling, and inventories in accordance with AZA standards;
  • Act to assure that all USDA procedures and guidelines are being followed.
  • Act to inform visitors about invertebrates and natural history during scheduled and non­scheduled informal programs, events, and PR activities.
  • Act to assist and train other staff and volunteers in handling of invertebrates for programs.
  • Act to collaborate and cooperate on joint projects or events with other museum staff as requested (Education, Guest Relations, Development and Exhibits Departments).
  • Act to stay current and become more knowledgeable about topics that relate to the BFH living collection, and engage in the network of similar institutions.
  • Perform other assigned BFH duties (guest relations and facility maintenance functions) to assure proper Museum operations as needed.
Position Requirements
  • 2-year coursework and/or Associate degree in Life Sciences plus 1+ year of relevant experience, or proven extensive (2+ years) experience rearing and breeding invertebrates.
  • Embrace the Museum’s values of critical thinking, curiosity and inclusiveness.
  • Ability to work proactively, self-directed and at a considerable level of independence.
  • Ability to identify and evaluate arising issues critically and trouble-shoot, with a keen eye for detail.
  • Enthusiastic and engaging attitude when dealing with guests and coworkers, i.e. great customer service skills.
  • Regularly work one weekend day & holidays as necessary.
  • Proficient computer, organizational, written and oral communication skills.
  • Physical ability to lift and carry 30 lbs, reach, bend, climb on ladders, and work in hot/humid environments.
  • Desired

  • Advanced college level training in Entomology, Ecology or related field.
  • 1+ year experience with a similar public organization (Museum or insect zoo).
  • Experience in apiculture.
  • Language proficiency in Spanish.
Shift Days  
Pay Range $14.40-15.05 per hour  
EOE Statement The Museum of Life and Science is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, we will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, perform crucial job functions, and receive other benefits and privileges of employment. As an equal opportunity employer, we value the differences and benefits that a diverse culture brings. Join us!
Category Entomology  

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