Careers at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Employment Opportunities:


Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is a unique and high profile tourist attraction located in Cambridge Ontario. The Facility Maintenance Technician will perform a wide variety of maintenance duties associated with the Conservatory including facilities maintenance, carpentry, light plumbing, mechanical and electrical work, and liaising with trades.


Executive Director & Curator


  • 37.5 hours/week, Salaried
  • Weekdays, some weekends and/or after-hours required


  • Criminal Reference Check
  • Standard First Aid – CPR Level C
  • Valid Driver’s License


Maintain and repair public exhibit and structures including but not limited to building exterior and interior, pathways, doors, windows, flooring, exhibit cases, terrariums, signage, benches, etc.

Oversee facilities maintenance including:

  • Repairing, painting, renovating, reorganizing, cleaning as directed
  • Maintaining organized records of equipment manuals and preventative maintenance schedules (filter replacements etc., and repair records)
  • Coordinating maintenance of all equipment to ensure proper functionality (all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, aerobic treatment, pumps, motors etc.)
  • Liaising with trades (HVAC, plumbing, electrical etc) as required
  • Design and construct custom exhibits under direction from Curator
  • Assist Plant Collections Manager with grounds maintenance, repair work, manual tasks, as required
  • Assist Custodian with cleaning duties as required
  • Coordinate special projects, such as new builds or minor renovations
  • Assist with snow removal, and salting as required, including some early morning snow removal to prepare for 10am opening
  • Assist with overall Conservatory grounds and exhibit aesthetic: keep pathways tidy and clear of hazards, keep windows, surfaces, exhibits and signage clean in Conservatory, Emergence Room, Storage room, Link, and Galleries.
  • Assist Joint Health and Safety Committee in repairs as needed and assess facility and report deficiencies and/or hazards
  • Work with Executive Team to create short term and long term
    maintenance, service, and repair plan for the facility and any capital improvement projects.
  • Oversee and manage the facilities/maintenance budgets and all financial components of facility maintenance and repair contracts
  • Respond to after-hours emergency calls (security alarms, fire alarms, temperature alarms)
  • Check mailbox, e-mail, and staff board daily for updates
  • Attend bi-weekly staff operations meetings to report progress
  • Adhere to all Company policies, rules, systems and procedures which are outlined in the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
    Employee Handbook, as well as all Health and Safety policies and procedures and safe work practices
  • Other duties as required

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Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is a unique and high profile tourist attraction with a mandate to educate the public about the important role that insects play in nature. The Outreach Education Coordinator will be responsible for the development, promotion, implementation and delivery of Monarch butterfly (and other species at risk) educational programming primarily to school children (grades 3,4,5,6) as well as summer camps and public libraries. This three year contract is supported by an Environment and Climate Change grant to support ‘Monarch Nation’, a nationwide program for Engaging Canadian Kids in Wildlife Conservation. When not engaged in Monarch Nation related programming, the Outreach Education Coordinator will participate in public education programming on behalf of Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, including but not limited to nature interpretation, in-house and off-site education programs, and other duties as required.

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request from candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


  • July 1 2018 – March 31, 2021


  • Full-time, salaried
  • Weekday shifts, some weekends


  • Post-secondary education in a field related to education, biology, zoology, entomology, ecology or conservation
  • Minimum of two years experience working with school aged children and youth and strong classroom management skills
  • Excellent and dynamic public speaking skills and experience working with groups of all sizes
  • Bilingual – Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and French with ability to present high quality education programs to bilingual and French immersion students
  • Strong customer service skills and a high level of organization and attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize, manage time effectively and meet deadlines
  • Willingness and comfort caring for and handling live animals
  • Commitment to work some weekends
  • Able and willing to do physical labour (i.e. moving tables, chairs, equipment and crates/boxes)
  • Valid Standard First-Aid and Level-C CPR qualifications
  • Criminal/Vulnerable Sector Record Check
  • Will be required to use own vehicle (mileage will be subsidized)



  • Work closely with the education team to develop Monarch Nation outreach programming
  • Work with the Marketing Manager to develop a marketing strategy, design promotional materials, and promote Monarch Nation programs
  • Assist with design and creation of educational materials and oversee management of supplies
  • Meet grant requirements by active and ongoing promotion of the program


  • Deliver off-site outreach programming to schools, libraries and camps
  • Manage all arrangements, communications, invoices etc related to program bookings
  • Provide own transportation (mileage will be reimbursed)
  • Develop a protocol for seeking and implementing teacher/customer feedback about the program


  • As directed and as needed, assist visitors with Nature Interpretation in the Butterfly Conservatory
  • Deliver in-house and off-site education programs
  • Represent Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory at relevant fairs, events, conferences, etc.


  • Check mailbox, e-mail, and staff board daily for updates
  • Develop program budget and operate within budget parameters
  • Meet with Managers and Executive to report on grant-required deliverables
  • Adhere to all Company policies, rules, systems and procedures which are outlined in the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Employee Handbook, as well as all Health and Safety policies and procedures and safe work practices


  • Other duties as assigned


Outreach Education Coordinator is required to wear the appropriate uniform at all times.

Thank you to all that apply but only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: $35,000.00 to $40,000.00 /year

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