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

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 Phoebe Townsend, Staff Resource Manager at 802.864.1848 ext. 116 or volunteer@echovermont.org

Internship Opportunities

Reports to: Environmental Exhibit Specialist/Director of Animal Care and Facilities
Compensation: College Credit

Time Commitment: Internships require a full semester or summer commitment. Fall (September-December) Spring (January-April) Summer (May-August). 16 week commitment with a minimum of 12-15 hours a week.

Description: This internship is specifically for students who wish to earn academic credit from their college/institution for their time at ECHO. Animal Care Academic Interns assist and support staff in a professional, state of the art animal care environment, 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.

Animal Care Academic Interns arrange for internship credit with their college/institution. Any requirements (paperwork, contracts) must be presented before start of internship to ensure Intern and ECHO staff can and will meet all requirements.

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. Desire to continue learning about the sustainability challenges facing the Lake Champlain Basin and the way individual actions can affect change.

Reports to: Design & Brand Manager
Compensation: $12/hr, approx. 12 hrs/wk, Fall semester, September – December; Winter semester, January-May; Summer, approx. 24 hrs, May-August.
To Apply: Complete an application online and include a link to online portfolio in your cover letter at http://www.echovt.org/get-involved/volunteer-app.html

Description: ECHO’s communications & design intern will help 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.

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
  • Representing ECHO’s brand by creating unique, thoughtful content using various media such as animation, illustration, photography, videography, writing
  • Sharing with social media followers up-to-date information and engaging content
  • Planning and documenting ECHO events (some nights and weekends may be required)

Essential skills:

  • Design & Typography classes/skills
  • Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign (Knowledge of Premiere & editing skills a plus)
  • Photography
  • Writing
  • Videography
  • 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

Reports to: Development & Communications Staff
Compensation: You must arrange to receive credit through your university or college.
Time commitmentFifteen week commitment of 12-15 hours a week during the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters.  Regular business hours with occasional evening shifts may be required.
To apply: Complete an application online at http://www.echovt.org/get-involved/volunteer-app.html

DescriptionECHO’s mission is to inspire and engage families in the joy of scientific discovery, wonder of nature, and 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, creatures and guests.

ECHO’s Development & Community Outreach 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 may include: 

  • Create and write fundraising and communications materials to engage existing donors, members, and prospects.
  • 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

Desired Qualifications:

  • 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

Reports to: Youth Programs Manager

Compensation: College Credit as arranged by the candidate

Description: This internship provides undergraduate and graduate students opportunity to gain practical experience with informal teaching opportunities with young visitors ages 0-6 and their caregivers. 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 the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship in the Basin.

Essential Duties:

  • Assist lead instructors with ECHO’s Early Learning Readiness Program on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings 8:30 am -12:00 pm at ECHO or Monday and/or Friday mornings 9:00 am -12:00 pm at the Family Room in Burlington.
  • Interact informally with visitors to facilitate engagement with exhibits and learning activities
  • Set up and clean up exhibits and activities throughout the day
  • Work with an advisor on ECHO-related early childhood educational projects

Essential Skills:

  • 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:

  • Fall or Spring Semester
  • Participation in an evening ECHO Orientation Training and Education Department Training
  • 8:30 am to 12:00 pm on Tuesday and/or Thursdays  or 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Mondays and/or Fridays plus additional hours to complete 8-12 hours per week. Schedule based on candidates availability.

Description:
ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is Vermont’s innovative science and nature center. Located on the Burlington waterfront, ECHO features 70 live species, diverse interactive experiences, hands-on STEM activities, changing and permanent exhibits, and seasonal events and festivals. ECHO’s summer education internship offers a challenging and highly rewarding experience for anyone considering a career in informal science education. We provide undergraduate and graduate students opportunity to gain practical experience with informal teaching opportunities with visitors of all ages. ECHO’s educational activities are diverse, ranging from the biology of Lake Champlain species to exploring chemistry concepts through hands-on experiments. 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.

Essential Duties:

  • Conduct interactive educational experiences for visitors on the museum floor
  • Educate guests about the biology of local species
  • Educate guests about STEM concepts and the Engineering Design Process
  • Conduct educational presentations for large audiences of museum guests
  • Interact informally with visitors to facilitate engagement with exhibits
  • Set up and clean up exhibits and activities throughout the day
  • Coordinate volunteer interpreters and high school interns on a daily basis
  • Work with an advisor on ECHO-related educational projects
  • Work with ECHO Public Programs staff to carry out special events and festival days

Time Commitment:

  • June through late August (Orientation: June 1)
  • 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (with 30 minute break), 4 days per week (Sun-Wed or Wed-Sat)
  • Additional hours may be necessary during high volume weeks

Reports to: Information Technology Systems Manager

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.

Qualifications: This internship is recommended for students in Computer Networking or Computer Science majors, particularly those with a strong focus on Systems Administration. Ideal candidates will have classroom or work experience with Windows and Linux server system administration, including Active Directory and GPO configuration and comfort working in a CLI Linux server environment. Experience in VMWare ESXi environments, scripting (Bash & Powershell), Cisco enterprise routers and switches, and computer hardware a plus. 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. 

Spring/Fall

Compensation: Hourly wage of $15.00

Time Commitment: Internships are a semester commitment. Fifteen week commitment with a minimum of 14-16 hours a week. The ideal candidate for this internship would be available for both fall and spring semesters.

Summer

Compensation: Hourly wage of $15.00

Time Commitment: 12 Week, 32 hours/week paid internship from Mid May – Mid August. Typical schedule consists of 4 days a week, 8 hours a day.

Reports to: Education Department
Compensation: College Credit

Description: ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is located on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits, and seasonal events and festivals. We provide undergraduate and graduate students opportunity to gain practical experience with formal and informal teaching opportunities with visitors of all ages. ECHO’s Education Internship offers a challenging and highly rewarding experience for anyone considering a career in informal science education. This is a fast paced environment which requires both team and independent work, the ability to work with visitors of various backgrounds and ages, and a passion for our mission.

Essential Duties:

  • Conduct interactive educational experiences for visitors on the museum floor
  • Conduct educational presentations for large audiences of museum guests
  • Interact informally with visitors to facilitate engagement with exhibits
  • Set up and clean up exhibits and activities throughout the day
  • Coordinate volunteer interpreters and high school interns on a daily basis
  • Work with an advisor on ECHO-related educational projects
  • Work with intern team to develop new hands-on programming for museum floor
  • Work with ECHO Public Programs staff to carry out special events and festival days

Time Commitment:

  • September through December
  • 4 days per week, hours TBA
  • Additional hours may be necessary during high volume weeks

Application Deadline: August 25, 2018

Reports to: Director of Guest Services & Events

Time CommitmentOne semester commitment: Fall (September-December), Spring (January-May) or Summer (June-August). Fifteen week commitment with a minimum of 12 to 15 hours a week.  Ability to work nights and weekends is a must.

Academic Credit: You must arrange this through your university or college.

To Apply: Fill out online application to be considered: http://www.echovt.org/get-involved/volunteer-app.html

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, creatures and guests.

We offer space to host corporate meetings, birthday parties, overnight camps, holiday parties and weddings, just to name a few. Events will occur throughout the day, after hours and on weekends. Retail, Guest Service and Event Interns will assist at our front desk, in our gift shop, with social media, and help with events at ECHO. Interns will get a complete understanding of our front of the house operations, guest services, groups and event management. Interns will be able to develop customer service skills, work with point of sale computer programs, gain experience with social media,  and assist with event execution.

Our Guest Service and Event internship offers a challenging and highly rewarding experience for anyone considering a career in the hospitality and customer service fields.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assist ECHO’s Event Managers with event coordination
  • Coordinate vendor set up and breakdown
  • Ensure a seamless event for the clients and guests
  • Work with Event host to ensure that the building is clean and secure at the end of the event
  • Learn Front Desk and Gift Shop Operations
  • Increase reach and followers on existing Rent ECHO social media accounts
  • Assist in building content in for Rent ECHO social media pages
  • Provide basic training to others on how to maximize social media as a tool for advertising (tagging, placement)
  • 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

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