What is E-Team?
Our teen leadership program, 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?
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 pm for leadership and content trainings AND to work with the public for one (1) four-and-a-half-hour shift on either Saturday or Sunday. Mornings shifts are from 9 am – 1:30 pm and afternoons shifts are from 1 pm – 5:30 pm.
How Can I Get Involved?
Download and review the job description
Fill out our online application – Choose “E-Team Year Long Program under the Teen Programs section.. (It’s ok to have an adult review it, but the application should be in your own words)
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.