Intern helping to film an educator at ECHO.

Embracing Diversity

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.

Supporting ECHO’s Mission

Interns play an important role at ECHO. They bring experience, leadership skills, and enthusiasm to support our mission to engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, the wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain. ECHO provides a variety of internships throughout the academic year and during the summer. Please see individual position descriptions for more information.

Furthering Job Skills

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.

The benefits of being an intern at ECHO:

  • Career exploration in science learning, education, development, animal care, information technology, guest services, exhibit design, nonprofit work and more
  • Training and mentoring with ECHO’s talented staff
  • Independent project work
  • Development of workplace and leadership skills
  • Team building experiences
  • The potential for college credit or hourly wage (Please read specific intern descriptions for more information)
  • Participation in special programs and/or organizational events

Internship Opportunities

Animal Care Intern
Reports to: Animal Care & Exhibit Coordinator, and the Director of Animal Care & Facilities
Pay Rate: $13/hour
Academic Credit: Intern is responsible for arranging this through their university. Any requirements (paperwork, contracts, etc.) must be presented before the start of internship to ensure Intern and ECHO staff can and will meet all requirements.
Start Date: August 30th (some flexibility is available)
End Date: December 10th (some flexibility is available)
Accepting Applications: Until position is filled
Instructions for Applying: To be considered a candidate for this position you must apply through the ECHO website at http://bttr.im/7n5sd. Applications will only be considered if they include a resume and cover letter.

If you require assistance with the application process, or need a different form of application, please contact Billy Ernest (they/them/theirs) by email or phone (bernest@echovermont.org / 802-864-1848 Ext.149).

Description: ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is looking to hire one (1) Animal Care Intern. Learn about and assist in the delivery of professional animal care typically provided in zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Help care for native reptiles and fish, as well as native and exotic amphibians. Receive hands on training with professional animal care staff. Learn about animal behavior, proper diets, veterinary care, and habitat design and maintenance. Have fun and support environmental stewardship.

Responsibilities may include*:

  • Preparing diets and feeding animals
  • Cleaning and maintaining animal enclosures both on exhibit and in the back of house
  • Administering medications to animals
  • Creating and installing naturalistic habitats
  • Animal handling
  • Keeping daily records of husbandry tasks and animal wellbeing
  • Researching natural history and captive husbandry practices
  • Creating and delivering 20-30 minute educational programs on species natural history, conservation needs, and/or captive care.

* Responsibilities may change depending on the institution’s response to the COVID pandemic

Essential Skills/Training:

  • Applicants should be enthusiastic, detail-oriented, reliable, and willing to get wet and/or dirty! 
  • Occasional raising or relocation of up to 60 pounds may be required. 
  • Capable of independently completing responsibilities listed in the previous section.
  • Majors in animal science, wildlife biology, pre-vet, aquaculture, environmental science, or related fields preferred. 

Time Commitment:

  • 3 – 4 month commitment
  • 12 – 16 hours per week required

Work Conditions
This position typically works indoors in the guest space or in ‘back of house’ animal care areas. Occasional outdoor collection trips may occur, which may involve hiking, wading or entering or traversing streams. The position works directly with reptiles, amphibians, fish and various invertebrate food items. The position may occasionally require relocating or raising up to 60lbs. Typical responsibilities involve stooping, balancing, climbing ladders, and being in close proximity to Animal Care staff (especially during the initial training period). Typical work involves water; floors are typically wet and care is required when moving through work areas. 

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or Federal law.

Concerning COVID: ECHO is dedicated to workplace safety, and is committed to adhering to all State and Federal regulations concerning COVID, as well as practicing CDC recommendations. The institution will train the intern in workplace safety procedures outlined in ECHO’s Covid Exposure Plan.

Reports to: Development and Community Outreach Manager
Pay Rate: $13/hour
Start Date: September (flexible)
End Date: Mid-December (flexible)
Posting Close Date: Open until filled
Academic Credit: Intern is responsible for arranging this through their university

Instructions for Applying: To be considered a candidate for this position you must apply through the ECHO website at .  Applications will only be considered if they include a resume and cover letter.

If you require assistance with the application process, or need a different form of application, please contact Billy Ernest (they/them/theirs) by email or phone (bernest@echovermont.org / 802-864-1848 Ext.149).

Description: ECHO is looking to hire one (1) Development & Community Outreach Intern. This internship offers a challenging and highly rewarding experience for anyone considering a career in communications, or fundraising for nonprofit management. Interns work with ECHO’s development staff to broaden community understanding of ECHO’s charitable mission, particularly via non-traditional and multimedia platforms; evaluate and build understanding of ECHO’s Open Door community access program; and provide outreach support to ECHO’s donor and member constituents. 

Responsibilities include*:

  • Create and write fundraising and communications materials to engage existing donors, members, and prospects
  • Research and prepare grant proposals to support ECHO’s programming
  • Support mission marketing and fundraising efforts via direct mail and e-mail
  • Work with Open Door program partners to increase availability to underserved communities
  • Assist with maintaining ECHO’s social media presence on multiple platforms
  • Support community outreach efforts including in-kind giving program
  • Support departmental record keeping and database management.
  • Additional duties as assigned

* Responsibilities may change depending on the institution’s response to the COVID pandemic

Essential Skills/Training:

  • Strong communication skills, including strong persuasive writing skills. 
  • Experience with or desire to learn about non-profit business
  • Experience with or desire to learn interactive/social web platforms and databases

Time Commitment:

  • 3 – 4 month commitment (extensions possible)
  • 12-15 hours a week
  • Regular business hours
  • Occasional evening shifts may be required

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or Federal law.

Concerning COVID: ECHO is dedicated to workplace safety, and is committed to adhering to all State and Federal regulations concerning COVID, as well as practicing CDC recommendations. The institution will train the  intern in workplace safety procedures, and has developed an Exposure Plan that will be shared upon hire.

Reports to: Early Education Coordinator
Pay Rate: $13/hr
Academic Credit: Intern is responsible for arranging this through their university. Any requirements (paperwork, contracts, etc.) must be presented before the start of internship to ensure Intern and ECHO staff can and will meet all requirements.
Start Date: Week of September 6th
Accepting Applications: Until position is filled

Instructions for Applying: To be considered a candidate for this position you must apply through the ECHO website at http://bttr.im/7n5sd. Applications will only be considered if they include a resume and cover letter.

If you require assistance with the application process, or need a different form of application, please contact Billy Ernest (they/them/theirs) by email or phone (bernest@echovermont.org / 802-864-1848 Ext.149).

Description: ECHO is seeking to hire two (2) Early Childhood Education Interns for the Fall season. This internship provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical experience through informal teaching opportunities with young visitors ages 0-5 and their caregivers through supporting the ECHO Early Learning (EEL) program. ECHO’s Early Childhood Education Internship offers a challenging and highly rewarding experience for anyone considering a career in early education. ECHO is a fast paced environment which requires both team and independent work, the ability to work with visitors of various backgrounds and ages, and an interest in ECHO’s mission to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain.

What will ECHO Early Education Interns Learn and Experience?:

  • Early Childhood Development (including becoming familiar with and how to design curriculum around the Vermont Early Learning Standards) 
  • Being part of a team that delivers a play based, school readiness program for children ages 1-5 years with an emphasis on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) 
  • Working with economically and culturally diverse families in our community: 17 languages were spoken in the home of EEL families last year. 
  • Mentorship from ECHO’s experienced staff of Early Childhood educators

Responsibilities may include*:

  • Assist lead instructors with engaging young children in daily learning activities and crafts with an emphasis on STEAM (Science. Technology. Engineering. Art. Math).
  • Set up and clean up for the EEL program. 
  • Work with an advisor on ECHO-related early childhood educational projects.

* Responsibilities may change depending on the institution’s response to the COVID pandemic

Essential Skills/Training:

  • Understanding of early childhood development. 
  • Experience working with young children. 
  • Experience working independently and in diverse teams. 
  • Self motivated to complete projects in a timely fashion. 
  • Flexibility and adaptability to complete a wide variety of tasks, including light cleaning. 
  • Eagerness to engage young children in daily learning activities and crafts.

Time Commitment:

  • 3 – 4 month commitment
  • 8 hours per week
  • Requires participation in ECHO Orientation Training and Education Department Training
  • Intern will have one of two possible schedules
    • Monday and Friday mornings 8:30 am – 12 pm at the Family Room in Burlington 
    • Tuesday and Thursday mornings 8 – 11:30 am at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain.

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or Federal law.

Concerning COVID: ECHO is dedicated to workplace safety, and is committed to adhering to all State and Federal regulations concerning COVID, as well as practicing CDC recommendations. The institution will train the intern in workplace safety procedures outlined in ECHO’s Covid Exposure Plan.

Reports to: IT & AV Systems Manager
Pay Rate: $15/hour
Start Date: August 31st (Flexible)
End Date: December 11th (Flexible)
Accepting Applications: Until position is filled
Time Commitment: 3 – 4 month commitment; 14 – 16 hours weekly between Tuesday and Saturday
Academic Credit: Intern is responsible for arranging this through their university

Instructions for Applying: To be considered a candidate for this position you must apply through the ECHO website at http://bttr.im/7n5sd. Applications will only be considered if they include a resume and cover letter.

If you require assistance with the application process, or need a different form of application, please contact Billy Ernest (they/them/theirs) by email or phone (bernest@echovermont.org / 802-864-1848 Ext.149).

Description: Assist the IT Systems Manager in providing support to Staff and Volunteers, maintaining servers, wired and wireless networking hardware, and VoIP 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.

Responsibilities include*:

  • Provide IT support, including trouble tickets, calls, and walk-in requests.
  • Audit and update documentation, including equipment inventorying and asset tracking.
  • Deploying software updates and installing system updates on servers and shared user systems.
  • Test and audit backups
  • Image and setup new computers as needed
  • Complete one or more projects based on organizational needs and intern interests

* Responsibilities may change depending on the institution’s response to the COVID pandemic

Essential Skills/Training:

  • Computer Networking or Computer Science Majors (strong focus on Systems Administration is a plus)
  • Experience with Windows and Linux server system administration including Active Directory and GPO configuration
  • Comfort working in a CLI Linux server environment
  • Experience in VMWare ESXi environments, scripting (Bash & Powershell), Cisco enterprise routers and switches, and computer hardware is a plus
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Ideal candidates will have good communication skills and the ability to explain technology to non-technical staff

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or Federal law.

Concerning COVID: ECHO is dedicated to workplace safety, and is committed to adhering to all State and Federal regulations concerning COVID, as well as practicing CDC recommendations. The institution will train the  intern in workplace safety procedures, and has developed an Exposure Plan that will be shared upon hire.

Reports to: Manager of Public Programs 
Pay Rate: $13/hour (15-18 hours/week)
Start Date: Fall season: Early September, no later than September 15. Winter/Spring season: late January/early February, no later than February 7
Posting Open DateFall season: August 1 – August 20. Applicants will be contacted about the status of their application in mid- to late August. Winter/Spring season: December 15 – January 15. Applicants will be contacted about the status of their application in early January.

Instructions for Applying:
To be considered a candidate for this position you must apply through the ECHO website at http://bttr.im/7n5sd. Cover letter and resume are required.

If you require assistance with the application process, or need a different form of application, please contact Billy Ernest (they/them/theirs) by email or phone (bernest@echovermont.org / 802-864-1848 Ext.149).

Description: ECHO is looking to hire two (2) Public Programming & Education Interns for the Fall and Spring Seasons. These interns will join the ECHO Public Programs Team in supporting their work of executing STEM education programs tailored to diverse audiences. This internship will be predominantly indoor on-site work with guests at ECHO. 

ECHO’s public programming education internship offers a challenging and highly rewarding experience for anyone considering a career in informal science education. The focus of this position will be direct service facilitating hands-on STEM activities for families. ECHO’s educational activities are currently focused on utilizing the Engineering Design Process and helping guests develop their science identity through hands-on experiments. While most time will be spent on the floor educating guests, there are also professional development opportunities. ECHO’s education staff will work with interns to create a quality informal science education product that can be included in their portfolio and may be used by ECHO staff in future programming. This is a fast-paced environment which requires both team and independent work, a high level of self-motivation, the ability to work with visitors of various backgrounds and ages, and a passion for our mission.

Responsibilities include* :

  • Conducting interactive educational experiences on the museum floor for visitors ages 0-100
  • Educating guests about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts and the Engineering Design Process
  • Cleaning manipulatives and high contact surfaces within gallery spaces during operating hours
  • Researching and developing highly interactive activities with an engineering focus
  • Working alongside volunteers

* Responsibilities may change depending on the institution’s response to the COVID pandemic

Essential Skills/Training:

  • Interest in informal STEM education
  • Seeking/completed a degree in a Science or Education field
  • Desire to work with a diverse range of guests in a museum setting
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and quickly changing environment with many guests
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong organizational skills

Time Commitment:

  • 10 week commitment of 
  • 15 – 18 hours a week of direct service at ECHO (ECHO is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm). 
  • Required: availability to work at the museum a minimum of 4 hours either Saturdays or Sundays (ECHO is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm).
  • Schedule may change based on ECHO’s operational needs and open hours

Academic Credit: Intern is responsible for arranging this through their university

If you are completing this internship for credit: Please be prepared to discuss your credit needs and plan ahead to ensure you complete your credit requirements. We are able to extend the 10-week commitment to a longer period to accommodate credit requirements. 

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or Federal law.

Concerning COVID: ECHO is dedicated to workplace safety, and is committed to adhering to all State and Federal regulations concerning COVID, as well as practicing CDC recommendations. The institution will train the  intern in workplace safety procedures, and ECHO’s COVID Exposure Plan.

Reports to: Community Engagement Manager
Pay Rate: $13/hour
Academic Credit: Intern is responsible for arranging this through their university. Any requirements (paperwork, contracts, etc.) must be presented before the start of internship to ensure Intern and ECHO staff can and will meet all requirements.
Start Date: September 6, 2021
End Date: December 6, 2021 
Accepting Applications: Until position is filled
Location: Primarily remote with some meetings at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College St., Burlington, VT 05401

Instructions for Applying: To be considered a candidate for this position you must apply through the ECHO website at http://bttr.im/7n5sd. Applications will only be considered if they include a resume and cover letter.

If you require assistance with the application process, or need a different form of application, please contact Billy Ernest (they/them/theirs) by email or phone (bernest@echovermont.org / 802-864-1848 Ext.149).

Description: ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is looking to hire an enthusiastic individual to help coordinate the virtual November 5, 2021 ECHO, Leahy Summit.  At the Summit, educational institutions, businesses, organizations, and agencies across Vermont will learn about each other’s work and explore opportunities to collaborate on STEM internship strategies and programs.

Responsibilities will include:

Prior to the Summit:

  • Create and maintain elements of the virtual Summit’s online platform, including registration, workshop sessions, and networking spaces prior to the event;
  • Coordinate the online Summit invitation and registration process;
  • Coordinate speaker logistics.

During the Summit:

  • Assist in facilitating elements of the online platform.

After the Summit:

  • Coordinate follow-up with Summit participants.

Essential Skills/Training:

  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community;
  • Demonstration of attention to detail and task oriented;
  • Confidence to interact with conference attendees, presenters, vendors, external clients and all levels of management;

Time Commitment:

  • The intern must commit to attending the Summit on Friday, November 5, 2021
  • 3 – 4 month commitment
  • 8-10 hours per week required

Work Conditions
The position will be primarily remote so the intern will be required to use their own computer, and ideally have access to high-speed internet.  Some meetings will be at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, where the institution is complying with all state COVID-related requirements, including masks and social distancing.

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or Federal law.

Concerning COVID: ECHO is dedicated to workplace safety, and is committed to adhering to all State and Federal regulations concerning COVID, as well as practicing CDC recommendations. The institution will train the intern in workplace safety procedures outlined in ECHO’s Covid Exposure Plan.

Reports to: Event and Retail Manager, and the Director of Earned Revenue & Guest Services
Pay Rate: $13.00/hour
Start Date: May 15, 2021
End Date: End of September, potential for extension
Posting Close Date: Open until filled. Applications will be considered as they are received.
Location: ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College St., Burlington, VT 05401

Description: ECHO is looking to hire a Guest Service/Event Intern that will assist in event and front desk operations. To support the front desk, the GS & Events Intern would learn all operations for the front desk to assist when needed; checking in guests, selling memberships, stocking the gift shop, opening and closing procedures. The event side would include minor set up for events; decorations and signage, greeting guests upon arrival for events, setting up AV equipment, communicating with vendors, and setting up birthday parties. Other aspects for events would be learning and then assisting the Event Manager with contracts and pricing as well as providing client tours of the rental spaces. This internship will gain experience in hospitality, customer service and events, specifically strengthening communication and logistics planning, as well as playing a critical role in supporting the busy 2021 event/wedding season. 

Responsibilities include*:

  • Learn Front Desk and Gift Shop Operations
  • Checking in guests, both for daily operations and during events 
  • Cash handling 
  • Communication with clients and vendors both written and verbal
  • Assist ECHO’s Event Managers with event coordination
  • Coordinate vendor setup and breakdown
  • Ensure a seamless event for the clients and guests
  • Work with exclusive catering team to ensure that the building is clean and secure at the end of the event
  • Assist in building content in for Rent ECHO social media pages
  • Understand other social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram
  • Provide top notch customer service skills when working with diverse guests of all ages, cultures, abilities

* Responsibilities may change depending on the institution’s response to the COVID pandemic

Essential Skills/Training:

  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to work independently on tasks 
  • Confident managing stressful situations 
  • Knowledge and experience using social media is a plus
  • Experience with cash handling
  • Major or Minor in Hospitality or Event Management preferred but not required

Time Commitment:

  • Mid-May through end of September, however time could be extended through the fall season for the right applicant 
  • 15-20 hours per week, weekends and evenings will be required 

Academic Credit: Intern is responsible for arranging this through their university

Instructions for Applying: To be considered a candidate for this position you must apply through the ECHO online applicationApplications will only be considered if they include a resume and cover letter.

If you require assistance with the application process, or need a different form of application, please contact Billy Ernest (they/them/theirs) by email or phone (bernest@echovermont.org/ 802-864-1848 Ext.149).

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or Federal law.

Concerning COVID: ECHO is dedicated to workplace safety, and is committed to adhering to all State and Federal regulations concerning COVID, as well as practicing CDC recommendations. The institution will train the  intern in workplace safety procedures, and has developed an Exposure Plan that will be shared upon hire. 

About ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

ECHO is a dynamic, nationally acclaimed, science and nature museum committed to engaging diverse public audiences and providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences for all our guests. Founded in 2003, ECHO houses more than 70 species of live animal ambassadors in Vermont’s first LEED certified building. This innovative science center and aquarium displays life in the Champlain Basin and inspires visitors to positively impact the world around them. ECHO is the public face of the Patrick and Marcelle Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a 2.7 acre environmental campus on the Burlington Waterfront.

Reports to: Design & Brand Manager
Compensation: $14/hr, approx. 24 hrs, June-August for summer
To Apply: Complete an application online, attach resume, cover letter, and link to online portfolio: http://www.echovt.org/get-involved/volunteer-app.html

Description: ECHO’s communications & design intern helps to tell the story of this innovative science and nature center dedicated to inspiring and engaging families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain. The design and communications intern role allows students to practice their creative skills in real-world applications and grow their portfolio. Please note: Due to COVID, this position will start off mostly remote and then possibly move to more time onsite. 

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting Design Manager with design projects such as marketing materials, flyers, advertisements, social media graphics, logos, exhibit signage within ECHO brand standards
  • Contribute to strengthening ECHO’s brand by creating unique, thoughtful content using various media such as animation, illustration, photography, videography, writing
  • Work with Development & Communications team to research, create, share engaging content and information on social media
  • Photographing ECHO events

Essential skills:

  • Design & Typography classes/skills
  • Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign (Knowledge of After Effects, Premiere, editing skills a plus)
  • Photography
  • Writing
  • Videography and/or Animation
  • Understanding of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc)
  • Using PC computer
  • A passion for museums, science education, early childhood learning, animals, and the environment and a desire to work with and grow the brand

If you require assistance with the application process, or need a different form of application, please contact Billy Ernest (they/them/theirs) by email or phone (bernest@echovermont.org / 802-864-1848 Ext.149).

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or Federal law.

Concerning COVID: ECHO is dedicated to workplace safety, and is committed to adhering to all State and Federal regulations concerning COVID, as well as practicing CDC recommendations. The institution will train the intern in workplace safety procedures outlined in ECHO’s Covid Exposure Plan. 

About ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
ECHO is a dynamic, nationally acclaimed, science and nature museum committed to engaging diverse public audiences and providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences for all our guests. Founded in 2003, ECHO houses more than 70 species of live animal ambassadors in Vermont’s first LEED certified building. The museum’s mission is to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and care of Lake Champlain.

Supervision & Support: Reports to Caroline Frigon, Group Programs Coordinator and Stacia Judd, Early Learning Coordinator. 
Pay Rate: $13.00/hour
Position Start/End Date: Week of 9/21 – Week of 12/21 (excluding Thanksgiving break)
Location: On Site at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain (Remote tasks may be assigned as necessary).

Description: The ECHO Care Program Intern will assist ECHO Educators with the work of providing childcare, academic enrichment and school work support for K-3 students. 

During this unprecedented school year, many families are seeking out-of-the-ordinary care for their students. The ECHO Care program is designed to provide the essential service of child care, STEM enrichment and supported learning for assigned school work to our community members while ensuring continuity of learning for students. 

Responsibilities:

  • Support the delivery of STEM programming.
  • Support the social-emotional development and wellbeing of enrolled students.
  • Maintain a clean, safe space for students and staff.
  • Work with staff to develop and create engaging science activities for elementary aged children. 
  • Assist students with remote learning assignments as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm for STEM education and ECHO’s mission
  • Comfort managing groups of children
  • CPR & First Aid Certified 

Time Commitment12 week commitment* with a minimum of 8 hours per week and an opportunity for up to 16 hours per week. Must be available to work in the museum either Tuesdays or Thursdays (see below scheduling options). Additional remote hours may be assigned as necessary. 

In your cover letter, please express interest in one of the following schedule preferences. We expect that you will be able to adhere to one of these options for the duration of your time with the program. 

Option 1: All day once a week
Present in the program from 8:30-4:30 on Tuesday or Thursday.

Option 2: All day twice a week
Present in the program from 8:30-4:30 on Tuesday and Thursday.

Option 3: Mornings on Tuesdays and Thursdays 
Present in the program from 8:30-12:30 on Tuesday and Thursday.

Option 4: Afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays 
Present in the program from 12:30-4:30 on Tuesday and Thursday.

*We understand that this may need to be adjusted based on college schedules; the ideal candidate will be able to come for the duration of our program regardless of college in-person/online schedule changes, but we will also consider applicants who are only able to commit until Thanksgiving break. 

Work Environment: You will work with a cohort of 18-21 students and 3 ECHO staff members. The environment is warm and welcoming, but can also be demanding and energy-intensive. 

Orientation & Training: TBD

Interview required: Yes

Academic credit or requirements info: Selected candidate is responsible for arranging this through their university. Please be ready to discuss your credit needs and plan ahead to ensure you are able to complete your credit requirements. There is some flexibility in the position to accommodate credit requirements.

Instructions for Applying: To be considered a candidate for this position you must apply through the ECHO website.

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or Federal law.

Concerning COVID: ECHO is dedicated to workplace safety, and is committed to adhering to all State and Federal regulations concerning COVID, as well as practicing CDC recommendations. The institution will train the  intern in workplace safety procedures, and has developed an Exposure Plan that will be shared upon hire.

Reports to:  Community Engagement & Science Communications Manager
Description:  ECHO’s mission is to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, the wonder of nature, and the care of Lake Champlain. ECHO is a dynamic learning and teaching community committed to engaging diverse public audiences in dialogue; providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences to guests; and inspiring environmental stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO interns are expected to contribute to a productive, respectful workplace by modeling good humor, communication, collaboration and accountability to our colleagues, community partners, animals and guests.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to help with a variety of exciting projects, including:

  1. Engaging community partners around the state in ECHO’s STEM school programs;
  2. Maintaining social media platforms and website for the Vermont Clean Water Network;
  3. Organizing ECHO After Dark, our series of evening events educating guests about fascinating science topics in the news;

Responsibilities include: 

  • Assisting in event planning;
  • Maintaining database of community partnerships;
  • Maintaining social media platforms and website;
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications:

  • Event planning experience;
  • Experience with and/or understanding of social media platforms such as facebook and instagram
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Word processing and data entry skills
  • Proven ability to multitask and prioritize workload independently in a fast-paced environment;Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Confidence to interact with conference attendees, presenters, vendors, external clients and all levels of management
  • Interest in and understanding of ECHO’s mission. 

Time Commitment:  August 25 – December 10, 2019. Expected time commitment of approximately 10 hours per week. Most work occurs within regular business hours, occasional evening and weekend shifts may be required.

Academic Credit:  You must arrange credit through your university or college.  Students should contact their Career Services Offices. 

To Apply: Complete an application online at http://www.echovt.org/get-involved/volunteer-app.html 

Reports to: Manager of Group Programs
Pay Rate: $13.00/hour
Start Date: Week of September 16th, 2020
Posting Close Date: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled

Description:  ECHO is looking to hire one (1) Studio Production & Photography Intern for the Fall Season. The intern will join the ECHO Group Programs Team in supporting their work of executing virtual STEM education programs tailored to elementary grade youth. This position includes both on-site tasks, and remote work. The focus of this position will be operating the ECHO virtual broadcast studio with the addition of some photography and videography work for the Development & Communications Department. The intern will work with a variety of ECHO staff to produce professional live educational broadcasts. These will be recorded and can be added to the intern’s portfolio. This is a great opportunity to acquire experience for those who are interested in studio production/management.

Responsibilities include*:

  • Collaborating with ECHO educators in studio to bring their vision for live-stream broadcasts to life  
  • Operating video and audio mixing hardware and software for live stream broadcasts.
  • Operating video cameras as part of a live stream broadcast or recording footage to be used for future broadcasts or other projects
  • Making independent directorial choices on camera selection during broadcasts
  • Queueing up video clips, photos, websites, etc and incorporating them into broadcasts using mixing and production software.
  • Troubleshooting cameras, cabling, audio equipment, monitors, and computer issues
  • Coordinating live guest video calls, such as making or receiving calls, updating guests on when they will be part of a live broadcast, and informing talent that scheduled guests are ready.
  • Working with Design Manager to photograph, film, edit videos of guests, interactive exhibits, animals, events at ECHO for various marketing, communication, social media projects

* Responsibilities may change depending on the institution’s response to the COVID pandemic

Essential Skills/Training:

  • Live audio mixing and adjustment for spoken broadcasts
  • Video mixing/switching, including use of software based mixers such as VMix or OBS
  • Studio and photography lighting
  • Familiarity with camera and capture card compatibility settings for video resolution and framerate, and cabling standards including HDMI and HD-SDI.
  • Comfortable independently troubleshooting issues with cameras, capture cards, and multimedia software
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Premiere & Photoshop
  • Ability to create compelling and informed images and video
  • A passion for museums, science education, animals, and the environment
  • Comfort in taking and giving direction

Time Commitment:

  • Fall Season
  • 10 week minimum commitment starting week of September 16th
  • 6-8 hours a week 
  • Must be available Wednesdays 8:30 – 11:30 am, preferable availability would also include Mondays 9- 11:30 am 

Academic Credit: Intern is responsible for arranging this through their university

Instructions for Applying: To be considered a candidate for this position you must apply through the ECHO website.

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or Federal law.

Concerning COVID: ECHO is dedicated to workplace safety, and is committed to adhering to all State and Federal regulations concerning COVID, as well as practicing CDC recommendations. The institution will train the  intern in workplace safety procedures, and has developed an Exposure Plan that will be shared upon hire. 

Reports to: Manager of Public Programs
Pay Rate: $13.00/hour
Start Date: January, 2021. Ideally by January 12.
Posting Close Date: December 31, 2021. 

Location: ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College St., Burlington, VT 05401

Description: ECHO is looking to hire one (1) Virtual Education & Public Programming Intern for the Winter and Spring Season. This intern will join the ECHO Education Team on its work of executing STEM education programs tailored to diverse audiences. This internship will include both on-site and virtual components. The Virtual Education & Public Programming Intern will work on the Virtual STEM Academy, leading virtual discussions for students and supporting activity development. The Virtual Education & Public Programming Intern will also have the opportunity to shadow and support ECHO’s Virtual Outreach programs. In addition to working virtually, the Virtual Education & Public Programming Intern will support the museum guest experience at least one day a week by facilitating hands-on activities in our Engineer It gallery. ECHO’s education staff will work with the intern to create a professional quality STEM education product that can be included in their portfolio and may be used by ECHO staff in future programming. This is a challenging and highly rewarding experience for anyone considering a career in informal science education. 

Responsibilities include* :

  • Leading virtual discussion circles to review lessons and experiences as part of virtual learning programs for elementary age students
  • Helping maintain and design and implement activities for virtual learning programs
  • Supporting ECHO’s Virtual Outreach programs as needed
  • Conducting interactive educational experiences on the museum floor for visitors ages 0-100
  • Cleaning manipulatives and high contact surfaces within gallery spaces during operating hours
  • Researching and developing highly interactive activities with an engineering focus
  • Creating informal programs and storylines for ECHO’s new exhibits to better connect guests with gallery spaces

* Responsibilities may change depending on the institutions response to the COVID pandemic

Essential Skills/Training:

  • Interest in informal STEM education
  • Seeking/completed a degree in a Science or Education field
  • Desire to work with a diverse range of guests in a museum setting
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to work independently to complete work remotely as required
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong organizational skills

Preferred Skills/Training:

  • Prior experience in STEM education in an informal setting
  • Experience leading educational activities and/or discussions with children
  • Ability to lead Zoom meetings
  • Ability to adapt and problem solve independently

Time Commitment:

  • Winter/Spring Season – 10 week commitment of 15 – 18 hours a week. Includes both on-site and virtual opportunities. Must be available to work on Wednesdays from 10am – 4pm.

Academic Credit: Intern is responsible for arranging this through their university

If you are completing this internship for credit: Please be prepared to discuss your credit needs and plan ahead to ensure you complete your credit requirements. We are able to extend the 10-week commitment to a longer period to accommodate credit requirements. 

Instructions for Applying: To be considered a candidate for this position you must apply here. Cover letter and resume are required.

ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or Federal law.

Concerning COVID: ECHO is dedicated to workplace safety, and is committed to adhering to all State and Federal regulations concerning COVID, as well as practicing CDC recommendations. The institution will train the  intern in workplace safety procedures, and has developed an Exposure Plan that will be shared upon hire. 

About ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
ECHO is a dynamic, nationally acclaimed,  science and nature center committed to engaging diverse public audiences and providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences for all our guests. Founded in 2003, ECHO houses more than 70 species of live animal ambassadors in Vermont’s first LEED certified building. This innovative science center and aquarium displays life in the Champlain Basin and inspires visitors to positively impact the world around them. ECHO is the public face of the Patrick and Marcelle Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a 2.7 acre environmental campus on the Burlington Waterfront.

Steps to apply for an Intern position at ECHO:

  1. Fill out our online application.
  2. Interview: If you meet the qualifications for the internship position, you will be contacted to for an interview by the internship supervisor.
  3. Orientation and training: Orientations are held winter, summer and fall. When you have been selected as an intern, your supervisor will coordinate orientation, training.

Questions?

Contact us at volunteer@echovermont.org
Please note: ECHO requires all of our employees, interns and volunteers  to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

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