We have more than 425 volunteers who help us with every aspect of our beautiful facility, equaling more than 16,000 hours of service each year. The volunteers that donate their time are extremely important to the success of our mission. With having thousands of visitors each week the Butterfly House needs enthusiastic volunteers like you to help us bring the joy of learning about butterflies and the environment to our many visitors.

The Butterfly House has volunteer opportunities available year round. Share your love of gardening, the environment, and butterflies by working in Visitor Services, Admissions, Horticulture, Entomology, Education, Special Events or MANTIS Program for teens. Community Service opportunities for students exist as well.


 "I really enjoy making new friends among the volunteers.  I also enjoy giving out information to visitors, talking with them and watching the wonder in their faces as they enter the Conservatory." Carol, Guest Services

Visitor Services

BH_VS Volunteers

We need friendly people to make a visit to the Butterfly House enchanting! If you like talking with people and being around gorgeous butterflies, then this is the job for you. You would be assisting us by sharing your new found butterfly knowledge with our guests and teaching how insects are an important part of our environment. Weekly or biweekly opportunities are available, including flexible weekend shifts.



An admissions volunteer is the first person that visitors interact with and will serve as an information source. You will sell admissions tickets, check in members, and provide information on current exhibits. Volunteers should be comfortable using computers, handling cash and assisting guests in a friendly manner.



Work with our horticulture staff keeping the grounds beautiful and the flowers blooming! Assist in various aspects of gardening, including watering, weeding, planting, general clean-up and pruning so our grounds look lovely year round. Must have gardening experience.

Butterfly Lab Entomology Volunteer

Want a more hands on experience? Volunteer side by side with our entomologists working with our butterfly and invertebrates collection. Duties include unpacking and processing butterfly shipments, feeding and caring for display and laboratory animals, exhibit upkeep and general animal husbandry. Must have a strong background or passion for biology and/or entomology.

Education Instructor

Docent 2019

Volunteers who love to interact with children will enjoy this rewarding opportunity! Formal training is given to prepare you to provide structured presentations to students on butterflies, invertebrates and their environments in teams of two.
MANTIS Teen Program

Mantis 2018

MANTIS is an interactive volunteer program created to encourage students
to gain hands-on experience in nature conservation, while gaining plant and
animal knowledge through environmental stewardship. If you’re looking to
complete service hours and love nature, then this program is for you! Click here for information

Special Events

Young girl hugging the Very Hungry Caterpillar This job is perfect for people who love working with children, but don't have a lot of time to volunteer! Our energetic special event volunteers assist with crafts, games, face painting and other fun activities! All events take place on weekends or in the evening. Come help with one event or many! This opportunity works well for volunteers who need a more flexible schedule.

Signature Events at the Butterfly House
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Morpho Mardi Gras
Fancy Tea with Mommy & Me
Bookworm Breakfasts
Firefly Festival
Booterfly House
Supper with Santa

"To foster a greater understanding of plant and animal relationships in the environment in order to promote the conservation and restoration of natural habitats."

 - mission of the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House

Volunteer Requirements

All Butterfly House volunteers:

  • share a love of butterflies 
  • at least 14 years of age
  • attend training sessions
  • committed to our mission

As a volunteer you are an ambassador for the Butterfly House and are an important part of our team whether you serve as a front line volunteer or behind the scenes.

To Apply

People of all abilities are encouraged to apply.

Apply online

For more information, contact us here.

All volunteer applicants under the age of 18 will need the Parent-Legal Guardian Consent Form signed and included with the completed volunteer application.

Volunteer Dress Code
All volunteers are required to wear a provided Volunteer Butterfly House shirt. Appropriate bottoms include slacks, skirts, or shorts in navy, black or khaki. For safety reasons, only closed-toe shoes may be worn. Butterfly jewelry or accessories are, of course, always welcome.