National Museum of Natural History
*Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion Manager (Supervisory Museum Specialist) *
*Announcement number 17R-JW-300961 *
The National Museum of Natural History is seeking an experienced Manager to oversee its Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion. This position is located in the Branch of Learning Venues and Visitor Experience, within the Office of Education & Outreach (E&O) at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution. This branch is responsible for policy development, management and oversight of a variety of services and programs that enhance the visitor experience at the Museum, including the coordination and the development of the Museumâs earned revenue-producing activities.
The Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion Manager will lead a 365-day-a-year operation of a complex exhibition featuring a living collection of aquatic and terrestrial arthropods and plants from around the world as well as a paid, immersive, walk-through butterfly environment.
The Manager oversees animal acquisition, care and rearing, budgeting, and supervision of 6 staff and 140 volunteers ensuring the adequate and appropriate maintenance and staffing of the facilities.
They will contribute to the development of an enhanced visitor experience, educational programs, public programs, public events, and new exhibition components and programs.
The Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion Manager will serve as the education arthropod content expert. They will work with their colleagues in the Office of Education & Outreach, Office of Exhibits, and NMNH science departments to link learning opportunities in the Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion with those across the museum, including the Education Center and digital outreach, and to ensure proper maintenance and scientific accuracy of exhibition components and programs.
*Major Duties include: *
Oversees the daily maintenance and monitoring of a living collection of aquatic and terrestrial arthropods and plants from around the world and the rearing of arthropods for display in the Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion.
Serves as an authoritative source of information on content and curatorial practices related to the Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion to the NMNH administration and staff and to other museums, government agencies, educational institutions, and the lay public.
Prepares and monitors annual budget for the Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion, ensuring that the facilities operate within the established budgets.
Supervises and trains up to six museum specialist/ technicians and provides for the supervision of a varying number of interns and volunteers.
Works collaboratively with representatives of the NMNH science departments, especially the Departments of Entomology, Paleobiology, and Botany, the Office of Development, and Smithsonian Enterprises to ensure that Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion policies and practices align with and support museum priorities for business practice, education and outreach, and scientific accuracy.