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If you enjoy science, teaching people, and the environment, ECHO Aquarium and Science Center has multiple ways for teenagers and young adults to get involved and make a difference.

"Through my experiences with the E-team, I had the opportunity to connect with the environment and the community in ways I never imagined I could before. E-Team not only broadened my science knowledge, but allowed me to share my thoughts and ideas about the environment and current issues with my peers. The E-Team helped me gain the leadership skills that I need in order to be an active member in my community."
-Erica Issenberg (E-Team Member 2011-2012)

The E-Team
What is it?

Our teen leadership program, The E-Team, is a way for teens to directly engage visitors through science-related activities, hands-on crafts, and interpretation of exhibit areas. Teens also get the opportunity to assist with special events and develop community-related programs. In addition to helping ECHO fulfill its mission, participants will gain valuable science content knowledge, job skills, a stipend of $25/week, social interactions with new peers, and leadership experience. For a complete description download the E-Team Member Description.

Who is it for?

The E-Team is for teens in the Burlington area entering their Freshman and Sophomore years of high school who are able to commit to involvement for the entire academic year. Individuals must be available on Wednesday afternoons between 4 and 6 p.m. for leadership and content trainings AND to work with the public for one (1) four-hour shift on either Saturday or Sunday. Mornings shifts are from 9:30am - 1:30pm and afternoons shifts are from 1pm - 5pm.

Applying to E-Team? We look forward to seeing your application! Each spring we recruit for our next year's E-Team. Please send us your application (see link below) by August 31, 2015.


An E-Team Memeber at the ECHO Button Encounter
 E-team member doing face painting with a guest during Champ Week.

How Can I Get Involved?

  1. Download the application and job description (PDF)
  2. Fill out application. (Its ok to have an adult review it, but the application should be in your own words).
  3. Applications due by midnight, August 31, 2015.
  4. Mail or drop off the application to:
    ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center
    Staf Resource Manager
    One College Street
    Burlington, Vermont 05401

    or email it to:

This program is an important part of maintaining a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for visitors while also providing valuable and relevant educational content for all ages. If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please contact: Amanda Van Vranken: or 802-864-1848 x116.


Emily and Zoe lead an invasive species game at a 2007-08 Community Science Night.

Teen Volunteers

If you are 16 or over consider becoming an education or animal care volunteer. Every semester we have many volunteer positions that are important to making ECHO a leading educational institution and valuable community resource. ECHO Education Volunteers help the public learn about the many animals found here at the Aquarium and in the local environment as well as the fascinating culture and history of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO Animal-Care volunteers assist our staff with caring for and managing the more than 70 species of animals in our collection.

Develop skills in working with people of all ages, help interpret our exhibit galleries, discovery spaces, and live animals and help ECHO maintain the commitment to delighting and educating all of our guests. Volunteers help bring the exhibits alive for all of our visitors.

Please consider volunteering! If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please contact: Amanda Van Vranken, Staff Resource Manager at or 802.864.1848 ext. 116.

Youth Conferences

ECHO is committed to promoting youth engagement, learning, and action. Our youth conference series helps students learn strategies to be effective agents of change in their community and across the globe, network with other student groups, and learn to use resources at ECHO and other institutions. These conferences are focused on high school and college-age student groups.

If you are interested in getting your group involved, please contact: Nina Ridhibhinyo, Group Programs Coordinator at or 802.864.1848 ext. 142.

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