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Whether you're looking to learn more about the Basin, meet new people, or build your resume, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center has something for everyone.


Become a part of ECHO’s Volunteer family

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.

Your mission is to educate and delight visitors about the Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunity for stewardship in the Lake Champlain Basin. Volunteer opportunities are available for all interests and abilities in either our Education or Animal Care Departments or in the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room. Contact us today!

Would you like to have your Voice for the Lake be heard? Are you interested in having a constructive impact on your environment on a daily basis? If so, then join the ECHO family and see how you can create positive change for the Lake Champlain Basin. Our small Staff is made up of some of the most passionate and talented folks in the industry, and our Volunteer program is extraordinary.

Click on one of the opportunities to the right for more information.

Opportunities:

 

ECHO's Volunteer community is made up of a diverse and fascinating group of people.Qualifications:

  • Must love Lake Champlain
  • Must be willing to make at least a three month commitment
  • Must be willing to volunteer for the required shifts of your department of choice (see opportunities)
  • Must meet age requirements of your department of choice (see opportunities)
  • Must be willing to attend all trainings/orientations
  • Must be willing to complete background check




A Volunteer examines an animal skull with young guest.Benefits:

  • Ongoing educational opportunities for lifelong learning
  • Social and community interactions
  • Resume builder
  • Have a positive impact on the Lake Champlain Basin community

Steps to volunteer at ECHO:

1. Volunteer Opportunities: Read volunteer descriptions below and choose one that interests you.
2. Fill out our online application: Applications are accepted year-round.
3. Interview: If you are a good candidate for our volunteer program, you will be contacted for an interview to discuss your volunteer role, background and availability.
4. Attend Volunteer Orientation and review Training Handbook: Volunteer orientations are held (January, May, September) the last Wednesday of the month, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. During the orientation you will learn about the Aquarium, volunteer policies and procedures, and go on a tour of the Aquarium. 
5. Department Training: In addition to the Volunteer Orientation, you will train within the department for your specific role.


Questions? Contact:

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


A teen volunteer at the Sea TankEducation

EDUCATION VOLUNTEER (16 years and older)

Responsible to: Public Education Manager

Description: Help the public learn about over 70 species of animals and the fascinating culture and history of the Lake Champlain Basin in the only aquarium in Vermont! Develop skills in working with people of all ages as you help interpret our exhibit galleries, discovery spaces, and live animals. Volunteers help bring the exhibits alive for the visitors, interpret our marine invertebrates in our Champlain Sea Tide Pool, and occasionally present live animal demonstrations.

Length of Commitment: Three months; 1 four hour shift/week

Qualifications: Volunteers must enjoy working with visitors of all ages, be excited about learning, and have an interest in sharing their enthusiasm with others. They must also enjoy working with a close team of Volunteers, youth, and Staff, and have an outgoing and cheerful demeanor. Experience in working with children and families a plus.

INTERESTED?
Complete our online application today! Or contact Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Van Vranken at volunteer@echovermont.org or call 802.864.1848 ext. 116 for more information.

 



Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room

Resource Room Volunteer working with young visitors at the microscope RESOURCE ROOM VOLUNTEER (18 years and older)

Responsible to: Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room Staff

Description: The Lake Champlain Resource Room is an important link between the activities and exhibits within ECHO and opportunities throughout the Basin. Operated by the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) in coordination with ECHO, the Resource Room provides a Lake library, childrens' books and activities, exhibits, and two computer kiosks. Helping the public access stewardship opportunities on the Lake is also an important focus of the room. 

Length of Commitment: Three months; at least two shifts/month

Qualifications: Volunteers must enjoy working with visitors of all ages, be excited about learning and have an interest in sharing their enthusiasm with others. An interest in Lake Champlain issues and stewardship is important as well. Opportunities within the Resource Room include helping the public access Lake information, helping children with hands-on activities, filing and cataloging information, and helping the public with basic computer use, such as the using the internet. They must also enjoy working with a close team of Volunteers, youth, and Staff.

INTERESTED?

Complete our online application today! Or contact Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Van Vranken at volunteer@echovermont.org or call 802.864.1848 ext. 116 for more information.

 


Animal Care

An Animal Care volunteer feeding fish on exhibit at ECHO. ANIMAL CARE VOLUNTEER (16 years and older)

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

Description: Learns and assists in professional, state of the art animal care as is provided in Association of Zoo and Aquarium accredited institution throughout the US, for native fish and reptiles, as well as native and exotic amphibians. After initial hands-on training, volunteers will be expected to accomplish daily husbandry tasks independently.

Length of Commitment: A full semester or summer break commitment (3 months). Minimum of one four-hour shift per week.

Qualifications: No experience necessary. Applicants should be active, enthusiastic, detail-oriented, reliable, and willing to get wet and/or dirty! Occasional heavy lifting (up to 60 pounds) may be required.


INTERESTED?

Complete our online application today! Or contact Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Van Vranken at volunteer@echovermont.org or call 802.864.1848 ext. 116 for more information.

 

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