Education Assistant

A background check is required for this volunteer position.

Due to the cost of running a background check we request that prospective Education Assistants be fully committed to volunteering for this position.

Supervisor

Lior Carlson

Duties

Provide help and support for classes and workshops. Supervise and wrangle children and sometimes adults, assist them with activities, answer questions, etc. If you are interested there will also be opportunities to collaborate and develop new activities and classes.

Physical labor required

Low to moderate

Skills, education, and/or talents that will be put to good use

 

Education background or comparable experience, good social or customer service skills, knowledge of insect and plant biology.

Scheduling

Our education classes are typically scheduled on weekdays in late morning or early afternoon in April and May. Workshops are typically scheduled in April, May, and September on Saturday mornings between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Currently, we schedule 1-2 classes and workshops per season. Both classes and workshops are typically 90 minutes to 2 hours in length.

Comments

Classes are generally conducted outside in our backyard habitat. Workshops are conducted at businesses within the area or at Backyard Butterflies.

Supervisor

Lior Carlson

Duties

Assist with set-up and take-down of canopy tent, tables, displays, and equipment; provide education and answer questions about butterflies, moths, and their relationship to plants; explain who we are and all the things our organization does.

Physical labor required

Low to moderate

Skills, education, and/or talents that will be put to good use

 

Comfortable with engaging people and initiating conversations; good communication and social skills with all demographics; knowledge of butterflies, moths, and plants; good customer service skills; friendly manner.

Scheduling

Community Outreach events are typically scheduled on Saturday mornings or early afternoons in April, May, September, and October. Events are typically 4-6 hours with an additional hour before for set-up and about 30 minutes after for take-down. Our annual Open House is on Saturday near the summer solstice.

Comments

If no meal is provided by the hosting organization, Backyard Butterflies will provide one or reimburse for the expense.

Supervisor

Lior Carlson

Duties

Assist with set-up and take-down of canopy tent, tables, displays, and equipment; provide education and answer questions about butterflies and moths; assist with finding moths on the sheet or in the surroundings.

Physical labor required

Low to moderate

Skills, education, and/or talents that will be put to good use

 

Perfect for natural night owls! Comfortable with engaging people and initiating conversations; good communication and social skills with all demographics; knowledge of butterflies, moths, and plants; friendly, whimsical manner. 

Scheduling

Moth Nights and similar mothing events are typically conducted on Friday or Saturday nights from 8:00 to 11:30 PM in June, July, September.

Comments

May be required to participate in rituals to summon Mothra and occasionally wear a moth costume.

Supervisor

Lior Carlson

Duties

Be a group leader or participant, based upon butterfly identification experience. 

Physical labor required

Low to moderate

Skills, education, and/or talents that will be put to good use

 

Ability to be outside during the day in August with triple digit heat indexes. You are always able to find Waldo. Have a genome almost identical to a tropical plant. 

Scheduling

NABA counts typically start around 9 AM and end at 3 PM with an hour lunch at midday. Counts take place in August.

Comments

A meal or meal reimbursement is available. 

Supervisor

John Jarvis

Duties

Weeding, planting, and general maintenance and care of our backyard habitat.

Physical labor required

Moderate to high

Skills, education, and/or talents that will be put to good use

 

Knowledge of gardening maintenance and care; enjoy doing physical activities.

Scheduling

Weekly 2 hour shifts on Tuesday from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM in April, May, and early June. Potential shifts in September into October. Some flexibility with start time.

Comments

Tools and equipment will be provided; volunteers are welcome to bring their own.

Supervisor

John Jarvis

Duties

Repotting seedlings, transferring plants from germination room to greenhouse, plant labeling and pricing, watering, sorting and organizing.

Physical labor required

Low to moderate

Skills, education, and/or talents that will be put to good use

 

Knowledge of plant propagation or gardening, enjoy physical activity and outdoor activities.

Scheduling

Weekly 2 hour shifts on Tuesday from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM in April, May, and early June. Potential shifts in September into October.  Some flexibility with start time and/or day of the week. This position can be combined with Habitat Maintenance Assistant.

Comments

The triffids are not to be trifled with.

Supervisor

Lior Carlson

Duties

Volunteers can choose between two options.

Moderate Duty: Loading trays to transport from greenhouse to the sale area; sort and organize plant trays; help customers find appropriate plants for their growing conditions; assist customers with pick-up orders; check out customers using an app on a tablet.

Light Duty: Help customers and check out using an app on a tablet.

Physical labor required

Low to moderate

Skills, education, and/or talents that will be put to good use

 

Good communication skills, customer service and retail experience, friendly and engaging, knowledge of plants and insects.

Scheduling

Weekly on Sundays from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM in April and May; first weekend in October from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Comments

This is a rain or shine event unless there is severe weather. Optional lunch provided.

Supervisor

Lior Carlson

Duties

Create relevant content pertaining to Lepidoptera and plants.

Physical labor required

Low

Skills, education, and/or talents that will be put to good use

 

Writing skills that engage, inform, and entertain readers. 

Scheduling

Our newsletter is published March through October on the 15th of each month. Deadline is the 10th of each month the newsletter is published. How many hours spend on creating content is up to the volunteer.

Comments

Option to learn MailPoet plugin for WordPress.

Supervisor

Lior Carlson

Duties

Collaborate on content for the seasonal newsletter. Proofreading, editing, and formatting of the newsletter using the MailPoet plugin. Write new content as needed or desired.

Physical labor required

Low

Skills, education, and/or talents that will be put to good use

 

Experience with creating and editing a newsletter. Writing skills that engage, inform, and entertain readers. 

Scheduling

Our newsletter is published March through October on the 15th of each month. Deadline is the 10th of each month the newsletter is published. Hours spent editing and formatting will vary, usually in the range of 6-12 hours. 

Comments

Supervisor

Lior Carlson

Duties

Create relevant content pertaining to Lepidoptera and plants for our Facebook page.

Physical labor required

Low

Skills, education, and/or talents that will be put to good use

 

Writing skills that engage, inform, and entertain readers. 

Scheduling

Our active season is March through October. The amount of time spent on creating content is at the discretion of the volunteer.

Comments

Experience using Facebook for a business page is helpful but not required.

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