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ECHO’s mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. Through live animal demonstrations and hands-on exhibits, on-site University science laboratory, community programs and partnerships, and a dramatic Waterfront setting, students find ways to create better futures for themselves, and for the world.

ECHO is proud to be an equal opportunity employer who fosters an environment that embraces diversity. We are committed to assembling a diverse and well trained group of volunteers and interns. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Interns play an important role at ECHO. They bring experience, leadership skills, and enthusiasm to support our mission to educate and delight our visitors about the Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunities for Stewardship in the Lake Champlain Basin.

While at ECHO, Interns gain hands-on experience to build relevant job skills, craft a competitive resume, and further their individual and/or career goals. Interns receive training in their area of focus, work closely with a staff mentor and work both independently and collaboratively on projects in support of ECHO’s mission.

ECHO provides a variety of internships throughout the school year and during the summer. These internships are in the following departments: Education, Animal Care, Private Events and Guest Service, Marketing/Social Media, Development and Information Technology.

Please read the following intern descriptions to determine what position might be of interest and how to apply.

Time Commitment: Internships are offered in the Fall (September-December), Spring (January-April) and Summer (June-August) and are a semester in length. Please read specific intern descriptions for additional information.

Compensation: Interns will be eligible for the following:

  • Departmental training and mentoring
  • Independent project work
  • Development of workplace and leadership skills
  • Team building experiences
  • The potential for college credit, stipend or hourly wage. Please read specific intern descriptions for more information.
  • Participation in organizational events

 

Opportunities:

Application Due Dates:

Please submit application materials by the following dates to be considered

Applications for Fall Positions due: September 1st
Applications for Spring Positions due: December 1st
Applications for Summer Positions due: March 1st

Steps to apply for an Intern position at ECHO:

1. Read position descriptions and choose one that interests you
2. Fill out our online application: Some positions may also require a resume and cover letter
3. Interview with appropriate department
4. Attend ECHO Orientation, Internship Training and read training handbook (PDF)
5. Complete background check

**Note: Please allow at least two weeks to complete the initial application process.

Questions? CONTACT

Amanda Van Vranken, Volunteer/Intern Coordinator
802.864.1848 ext. 116
volunteer@echovermont.org

 

Our 2011 summer interns

Animal Care Intern releases baby turtles back into the wildAnimal Care Intern

Responsible to: Environmental Exhibit Specialist/Director of Animal Care and Facilities

Compensation: College Credit or Stipend

Description: The Animal Care Intern learns and assists in professional, state of the art animal care, as is provided in Association of Zoo and Aquarium accredited institutions throughout the US, for native fish and reptiles, as well as native and exotic amphibians. After initial hands-on training, Interns will be required to accomplish husbandry tasks independently and must complete assigned individual project work. Responsibilities include but not limited to: feeding animals, cleaning animal enclosures, medicating animals, creating and installing naturalistic habitats, animal handling, animal collecting, record keeping, researching natural history and captive husbandry.

Interns working for college credit will arrange internship credit with their school. Requirements for internship must be presented before start of internship to ensure Intern and ECHO staff can and will meet requirements. Interns working for stipend must complete hours and project work to receive stipend.

Qualifications: Three months prior experience as volunteer or intern in professional animal care facility. Applicants should be enthusiastic, detail-oriented, reliable, and willing to get wet and/or dirty! Occasional heavy lifting (up to 60 pounds) may be required. Majors in animal science, wildlife biology, pre-vet, aquaculture, environmental science, or related fields preferred.

Time Commitment: Internships require a full semester or summer break commitment. Fall (September-December) Spring (January-April) Summer (May-August). Fifteen week commitment with a minimum of 12-15 hours a week.

 


Customer Service and Events Intern (Guest Services Department)

Responsible to: Director of Guest Service and Events, and Event Managers

Compensation: College Credit

Description: Customer Service Interns will assist at our front desk, in our gift shop and help with some events at ECHO. Interns will get a complete understanding of our front of the house operations including daily admission sales, gift shop sales and merchandise, group check in and event management. Interns will be able to develop customer service and hospitality skills, work with point of sale computer programs, and assist with event execution.

Qualifications: We are seeking a person with good written and verbal communications skills, a customer service background, a pleasant telephone manner, a bubbly personality and a flexible schedule. Computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office and familiarity with using database applications are desired. Hours vary and some evening work is necessary. Some heavy lifting may be required. Interns seeking careers in hospitality, customer service, or non-profit-specific positions will find the most direct benefit from this Internship.

Time Commitment: Internships are a semester commitment. Fall (September-December) Spring (January-April) Summer (May-August) Fifteen week commitment with a minimum of 15-20 hours a week. Must be able to work weekends and some evenings.

 


Guest Experience Intern (Guest Services Department)

Responsible to: Guest Experience Liaison

Compensation: College Credit

Description: Interns will facilitate education and exhibit activities for our diverse visitors on a daily basis and serve as an integral part of the guest experience team during school and vacation weeks. The Guest Experience Internship offers a challenging and rewarding experience for anyone considering a career in education, customer service, and museum sciences.

Qualifications: Applicants should be dynamic, enthusiastic about science and interested in working with people of all ages. Experience in education, theater, science, environmental studies, or related majors preferred. Interns should be comfortable speaking in front of small to large groups and be generally familiar with the natural history of the area.

Time Commitment: Internships are a semester commitment. Fall (September-December) Spring (January-April). Fifteen week commitment with a minimum of 20 hours a week. Must be available to work weekends and public school vacation weeks (dates below). ECHO is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

  • Fall = November 23rd – December 1st & Dec. 21st – Dec. 31st
  • Spring = February 22nd – March 4th & April 19th – 27th

 


Information Technology Intern

Responsible to: Information Technology Coordinator

Compensation: College Credit

Description: Assist the IT Coordinator in providing support to Staff and Volunteers, maintaining servers, wired and wireless networking hardware, and digital PBX phone system. ECHO's IT infrastructure is a unique blend of a typical small corporate network, retail environment, and unique technology based exhibits. You'll work with IBM and Cisco equipment, VMWare ESXi virtualization,and a mix of Windows and GNU/Linux network operating systems. Projects may involve documenting existing infrastructure, researching, planning, and deploying new technologies, and auditing network policies. This is an exciting opportunity to gain practical experience in many diverse areas of Information Technology, with an institution making a significant difference in the quality of life in the Lake Champlain Basin and beyond.

Qualifications: We are looking for students who are responsible, detail-oriented, and able to work independently and as part of a team. Ideal candidates will have good communication skills and the ability to explain technology to non-technical staff. Experience in computer networking, information security, and computer science majors a plus.

Time Commitment: Internships are a semester commitment. Fifteen week commitment with a minimum of 12-15 hours a week. The ideal candidate for this internship would be available for both fall and spring semesters.

 


Information Technology - Paid Summer Intern

Responsible to: Information Technology Coordinator

Compensation: Hourly wage of $10.00

Description: Assist the IT Coordinator in providing support to Staff and Volunteers, maintaining servers, wired and wireless networking hardware, and digital PBX phone system. ECHO's IT infrastructure is a unique blend of a typical small corporate network, retail environment, and unique technology based exhibits. You'll work with IBM and Cisco equipment, VMWare ESXi virtualization, and a mix of Windows and GNU/Linux network operating systems. Projects may involve documenting existing infrastructure, researching, planning, and deploying new technologies, and auditing network policies. This is an exciting opportunity to gain practical experience in many diverse areas of Information Technology, with an institution making a significant difference in the quality of life in the Lake Champlain Basin and beyond.

Qualifications: We are looking for students who are responsible, detail-oriented, and able to work independently and as part of a team. Ideal candidates will have good communication skills and the ability to explain technology to non-technical staff. Experience in computer networking, information security, and computer science majors a plus.

Time Commitment: 12 Week paid internship from Mid May - Mid August. Your first week in May will consist of 4 days of training. 4 days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2015

 


A Marketing Intern updating social media sitesMarketing and Social Media Intern

Responsible to: Director of Marketing and Communications

Compensation: College Credit

Description: This Intern will assist in advancing ECHO through extensive marketing and public relations efforts. S/he will gain experience in: marketing research, coordination/facilitation of monthly e-newsletter, writing reports and press releases, list maintenance, orchestrating college campaign, representing ECHO at events, content sharing on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest & Voices for the Lake. This internship will also require curation of ECHO's digital storytelling exhibit Voices for the Lake.

Qualifications: The chosen candidate will be positive, energetic, and comfortable with a fast paced environment. Some experience with marketing desired along with strong attention to detail, excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational skills and experience with social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Time Commitment: Internships are a semester commitment. Fall (September-December) Spring (January-April) Summer (May-August). Fifteen week commitment with a minimum of 12-15 hours a week - some weekends required.

 


Intern doing visitor surveys to better get to know guestsMission Marketing Intern (Development Department)

Responsible to: Development Associate

Compensation: College Credit

Description: ECHO’s mission marketing intern works with our Development Office staff to connect with partners, donors and members who support ECHO. This internship offers a challenging and highly rewarding experience for anyone considering a career in non-profit management, fundraising or communications.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Develop multi-media mission marketing and donor/member recognition efforts
  • Support mission marketing and fundraising efforts via direct mail and e-mail
  • Work with Open Door partner agencies to understand usage and barriers
  • Assist with the planning and execution of AfterDark events
  • Support community outreach efforts including in-kind giving program
  • Support departmental record keeping efforts
  • Additional duties as assigned

Qualifications: We are seeking an individual who is responsible, detail-oriented and able to work both independently and as part of a team. The ideal candidate will be proficient in Microsoft Office, have strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to handle sensitive information with sound judgment and discretion. Prior experience with fundraising and/or database software preferred.

Time commitment: Internships are a semester commitment: Fall (September-December), Spring (January-April) or Summer (May-August). Fifteen week commitment with a minimum of 12-15 hours a week. You must be available to work occasional weekend and/or evening shifts.

 


Intern engaging guests about Stormwater runoffPublic Programs Intern (Education Department)

Responsible to: Public Education Manager

Compensation: College Credit

Description: Interns serve as an integral part of our team which is committed to top-notch educational opportunities for visitors to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Primary duties include supporting the development of activities and exhibit components based on natural sciences, culture, history, and stewardship opportunities in the Lake Champlain Basin as well as facilitating guest experiences at our Champlain Sea Tank exhibit. There may be additional opportunities for supporting the guest experience during high-volume times, such as school vacation weeks. The public program internship offers a challenging and rewarding experience for anyone considering a career in education.

Qualifications: Applicants should be dynamic, enthusiastic about science, and interested in creating activities, experiments, and adventures that highlight science-learning and the Lake Champlain Basin. Experience in education, environmental studies, or related majors preferred. Interns should be comfortable speaking in front of small groups and be generally familiar with the natural history of the area.

Time Commitment: Internships are a semester commitment. Fall (September-December) Spring (January-May). These are approximately fifteen week commitments of 16 hrs a week. ECHO is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

 


Summer Education InternA Summer Intern giving a presentation to guests

Responsible to: Public Education Manager

Compensation: $9.00 an hour

Description: A team of Education Interns serve as ECHO's floor staff during our fast paced, busy summer months. This paid internship provides graduate and undergraduate students the chance to gain practical experience with formal and informal teaching opportunities with visitors of all ages. This internship requires both team and independent work, four days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..

You and your team will:

  • Coordinate volunteer exhibit interpreters on a daily basis
  • Interact informally with visitors to facilitate engagement with exhibits
  • Conduct live education demos on a daily basis
  • Conduct on-floor interactive encounters for visitors
  • Set up and clean up exhibits and activities throughout the day
  • Work with an advisor on ECHO-related educational projects


Qualifications: Applicants should be dynamic, enthusiastic about science and interested in working with people. Experience in education, theater, environmental studies, or related majors preferred. Interns should be comfortable speaking in front of small to large groups and be generally familiar with the natural history of the area.

Time Commitment: First week of June - Last week of August. Four days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (1st week of June is a training week)..

Application Deadline: March 1, 2015

 

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