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Entomology Specialist 

Location Museum of Life and Science  
About the Organization The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina's top family destinations, located less than five miles from downtown Durham. Situated on 84-acres, our interactive science park includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits which are safe havens for rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves. Other popular attractions include over 60 species of live animals, Dinosaur Trail, Ellerbe Creek Railway, and Hideaway Woods. Our mission is to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young child to senior citizen, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world.  
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 is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Category Entomology  

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