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.

 

Time Commitment & Application Dates

Fall Semester: September-December (Accepting applications June 1st.)
Spring Semester: January-April (Accepting applications September 1st.)
Summer: June-August (Accepting applications January 1st.)

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

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.

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

Reports to:  Lake Stewardship Manager
Compensation: $11/hr

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 clean water projects, including:

  1. Creating videos for our Voices for Clean Water series.  The video series captures Vermonters’ perspectives on the value of clean water. Videos will be hosted on the Vermont Clean Water Network website and promoted through social media
  2. Maintaining social media platforms and website for the Vermont Clean Water Network
  3. Supporting coordination of the 2019 ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain Environmental Summit, from conception through to completion. The Leahy Center Environmental Summit convenes every other year at ECHO to tackle current environmental issues. Diverse groups of citizens from many backgrounds work together to develop plans for lasting solutions. They are joined by ECHO staff, government leaders, and experts in the field to make a lasting impact on Vermont’s natural resources while inspiring national change

Responsibilities include: 

  • Perform outreach to schedule and conduct video interviews
  • Capture interviews using video camera;
  • Manage post-production, publishing  online, and creating clip reels
  • Maintain social media platforms and website
  • Oversee the online Summit invitation and registration process
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications:

  • Proficiency using video camera and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and Adobe After Effects CS4 or other comparable video production software OR using Apple Iphone and IMovie
  • 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 stewardship mission

Time Commitment:  August 25, 2018 – December 10, 2018. Expected time commitment of 10-15 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.

Reports to: Design & Brand Manager
Compensation: College Credit

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 Brand Curator/Designer 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 photography, videography, writing
  • Sharing with social media followers up-to-date information and engaging content
  • Analyzing social media performance and finding new creative ways to take the brand forward
  • 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

Time Commitment: Internships are a semester commitment for credit. Fall (September-December) Spring (January-April) Summer (May-August). Fifteen week commitment with a minimum of 12-15 hours a week – some weekends required.

Reports to: Development & Communications Staff
Compensation: College Credit

Description: ECHO’s Development Internship offers a challenging and highly rewarding experience for anyone considering a career in communications, fundraising or non-profit management. Interns work with ECHO’s development staff to broaden community understanding of ECHO’s charitable mission, particularly via non-traditional and multi-media 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:

  • Assist with creating outreach material to existing donors/members.
  • 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 the planning and execution of recognition and fundraising events.
  • Support community outreach efforts including in-kind giving program.
  • Support departmental record keeping and database management.
  • Additional duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience with or desire to learn about non-profit business
  • Experience with or desire to learn interactive/social web platforms and databases
  • Ability to synthesize quantitative and qualitative information to draw informed conclusions
  • Desire to continue learning about the sustainability challenges facing the Lake Champlain Basin and the way individual actions can affect change

Time commitment: Internships are a semester commitment: Fall (September-December), Spring (January-April) or Summer (May-August). Fifteen week commitment with a minimum of 12-15 hours a week. You must be available to work occasional weekend and/or evening shifts.

Reports to: Youth Programs Manager
Compensation: College Credit

Description: This internship provides undergraduate and graduate students opportunity to gain practical experience with formal and 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 – 11:30 am
  • Develop and conduct preschool STEM related activities for visitors in ECHO’s early learning exhibit space
  • 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:

  • Understaning of early childhood development
  • Experience working with young children
  • Experience working independently and in diverse teams
  • Self motivated to complete projects in a timely fasion
  • Flexiblity 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 to 11:30 am, on Tuesday and/or Thursdays plus additional hours to complete 8-12 hours per week. Scheduled based on candidates availability

Reports to: Director of Guest Service/Event Managers
Compensation: College Credit

Description: Guest Service/Event Interns will assist at our front desk, in our gift shop and help with some events at ECHO. Interns will get a complete understanding of our front of the house operations including daily admission sales, gift shop sales and merchandise, group check in and event management. Interns will be able to develop customer service and hospitality skills, work with point of sale computer programs, and assist with event execution.

Qualifications: We are seeking a person with good written and verbal communications skills, a customer service background, a pleasant telephone manner, a bubbly personality and a flexible schedule. Computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office and familiarity with using database applications are desired. Hours vary and some evening work is necessary. Some heavy lifting may be required. Interns seeking careers in hospitality, customer service, or non-profit-specific positions will find the most direct benefit from this Internship.

Time Commitment: Internships are a semester commitment. Fall (September-December) Spring (January-April) Summer (May-August) Fifteen week commitment with a minimum of 15-20 hours a week. Must be able to work weekends and some evenings.

Reports to: Information Technology Systems Manager

Description: Assist the IT Coordinator 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: 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. Experience in computer networking, information security, and computer science majors a plus. Desire to continue learning about the sustainability challenges facing the Lake Champlain Basin and the way individual actions can affect change.

Spring/Fall

Compensation: Hourly wage of $12.50

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 $12.50

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