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 us at volunteer@echovermont.org

Internship Opportunities

Please note: all internships are now closed for fall 2020. Check back in December for 2021 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. Next available semester is Spring 2021, January-April. (Summer and fall 2020 openings have been cancelled.) 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

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: 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: Manager of Public Programs
Pay Rate: $13.00/hour
Start Date: September 5 – 12, 2020
Posting Close Date: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled

Description: ECHO is looking to hire two (2) Public Programming & Education Interns for the Fall Season. These interns will join the ECHO Public Programs Team in supporting their work of executing STEM education programs tailored to diverse audiences. This semester’s internship will include work on-site at ECHO as well as remote work and supporting virtual learning programs. The focus of this position will be facilitating both walk-up STEM activities for families and small virtual group sessions with K-5th grade students. Each intern will have the opportunity to research, develop, and create a program or activity for the new “Engineer It” and “Awesome Forces” galleries through a personalized project. ECHO’s education staff will work with interns 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* :

  • Conducting interactive educational experiences on the museum floor for visitors ages 0-100
  • Facilitating virtual discussion circles to review daily lessons and experiences as part of virtual learning programs for elementary age students
  • 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 docents to better connect guests with gallery spaces
  • Producing educational video content to be used on ECHO’s social media and youtube accounts

* 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

Time Commitment:

  • Fall Season – 10 week commitment with a minimum of 15 – 20 hours a week. Potential for extension beyond 10 weeks is possible depending on institutional need and availability. Includes both on-site and virtual opportunities. Must be available to work at the museum either Saturdays or Sundays.

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 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: 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 

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. 

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