Whether you're looking to learn more about the Basin, meet new people, or build your resume, ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain has something for everyone.
For ages 16 years and older
Responsible to: Public Programs Coordinator
Description: Help the public learn about over 70 species of animals and the fascinating culture and history of the Lake Champlain Basin in the only aquarium in Vermont! Develop skills in working with people of all ages as you help interpret our exhibit galleries, discovery spaces, and live animals. Volunteers help bring the exhibits alive for the visitors, interpret our marine invertebrates in our Champlain Sea Tide Pool, and share our stewardship mission with guests.
Length of Commitment: Three months; 1 four hour shift/week
Qualifications: Volunteers must enjoy working with visitors of all ages, be excited about learning, and have an interest in sharing their enthusiasm for perserving the Lake Champlain Basin and beyond. They must also enjoy working with a close team of Volunteers, youth, and Staff, and have an outgoing and cheerful demeanor. Experience in working with children and families a plus.
For ages 18 years and older
Responsible to: Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room Staff
Description: The Lake Champlain Resource Room is an important link between the activities and exhibits within ECHO and opportunities throughout the Basin. Operated by the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) in coordination with ECHO, the Resource Room provides a Lake library, childrens' books and activities, exhibits, and two computer kiosks. Helping the public access stewardship opportunities on the Lake is also an important focus of the room.
Length of Commitment: Three months; at least two shifts/month
Qualifications: Volunteers must enjoy working with visitors of all ages, be excited about learning and have an interest in sharing their enthusiasm with others. An interest in Lake Champlain issues and stewardship is important as well. Opportunities within the Resource Room include helping the public access Lake information, helping children with hands-on activities, filing and cataloging information, and helping the public with basic computer use, such as the using the internet. They must also enjoy working with a close team of Volunteers, youth, and Staff.
For ages 16 years and older
Responsible to: Environmental Exhibit Specialist/Director of Animal Care & Facilities
Description: Learn and assist in professional animal facility as is provided in Association of Zoo and Aquarium accredited institution throughout the US, for native fish and reptiles, as well as native and exotic amphibians. After initial hands-on training, volunteers will be expected to accomplish daily husbandry tasks independently.
Length of Commitment: A full semester or summer commitment. Minimum of one four-hour shift per week.
Qualifications: Applicants should be able to work independently, be active, enthusiastic, detail-oriented, reliable, and willing to get wet and/or dirty! Occasional heavy lifting (up to 60 pounds) may be required.
Butterflies, Live at ECHO, is a special, limited-time, live animal exhibit featuring more than 50 species of tropical butterflies & moths. The exhibit opens on February 11, 2017 and runs until September 4, 2017.
ECHO seeks volunteer "flight attendants" to help create an immersive butterfly experience, highlighting our wondrous residents. Flight attendants will educate guests and ensure a safe environment for our butterfly residents, from the footlong Atlas Moth to the elusive Glasswing butterfly.
This unique live insect exhibit is sure to delight and we welcome you to join the ECHO team as a volunteer flight attendant. Two hour volunteer shifts are available Monday-Sunday: 10am to 12pm, 12pm to 2pm or 2pm to 4pm.