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Monteverde Butterfly Gardens

Job Description

Want to spend 10 weeks learning and teaching about insects and arachnids while enjoying Costa Rica?

The Monteverde Butterfly Gardens has been teaching people about insects and arachnids for 20 years! We use a fun and hands on approach to teaching people about how cool bugs really are. Volunteers from all over the world are trained to guide people through 4 butterfly habitats, a leaf cutter ant colony and a collection of live insects from Costa Rica. The Monteverde Butterfly Gardens works hard everyday to develop understanding and tolerance towards the many different arthropods we have living on the planet.

What you will have to do:

You don’t need experience or prior knowledge of insects; we will take care of training you to do 1 hour English tours through our gardens and insect collection.
Your work day starts at 7:45am
From 7:45 to 5pm you will work on facility maintenance, butterfly breeding, and tours!
You can expect to give 1-4 tours a day
You will work 5 days a week
What we are looking for:

An outgoing, flexible and positive attitude!
A hard worker who is committed to science education
Someone willing to give up technology (for the most part) and really get into in the amazing nature around them
A passion for nature
Spanish is not necessary, though it is always helpful; any other second languages are also appreciated
We teach science, and you must be comfortable talking to people about evolution
The gardens are located in the mountains, therefore a certain level of physical ability is needed, not for the job but for getting around town.
What you get:

In return for Volunteering with us, we will house you and feed you! This is one of the last free volunteer gigs on the planet!
Two months experience in Education and Outreach
Knowledge about neo-tropical insects and arachnids
Amazing birding/wildlife viewing opportunities
Just so you know- we are in the mountains, you can’t make it to the beach on your day off.

To Apply-

Email Bryna at a resume and cover letter telling us why you want to volunteer with us, why you would be a great volunteer, what you hope to get out of your stay here.


We have openings year round! 10 weeks. Right now we have openings starting in November and onwards! Join our team!

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