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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.

Become a part of ECHO’s Volunteer family!

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.
Your mission is to educate and delight visitors about the Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunity for stewardship in the Lake Champlain Basin. Volunteer opportunities are available in either our Education or Animal Care Departments or in the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room. Contact us today!
ECHO Volunteers help support the amazing work we do each day to promote fresh water protection and preservation. By sharing their knowledge and experience with our visitors, ECHO volunteers create a sense of wonder and appreciation for the Lake Champlain Basin and the natural world we live in. We look forward to having you join our volunteer family!


Love Lake Champlain
Be willing to make at least a three month commitment
Be willing to volunteer for the required shifts of your department of choice
Meet age requirements
Be willing to attend all trainings/orientations
Complete background check


Ongoing educational opportunities for lifelong learning
Social and community interactions
Resume builder
Have a positive impact on the Lake Champlain Basin community
Explore a career path
Build professional skills
Gain leadership experience

Steps to volunteer at ECHO:

  1. Volunteer Opportunities: Read volunteer descriptions below and choose one that interests you.
  2. Fill out our online application: Applications are accepted year-round.
  3. Interview: If you are a good match for our volunteer program, you will be contacted for an interview to discuss your volunteer role, background and availability.
  4. Volunteer Orientation: Volunteer orientations are held (January, May, September) You will be emailed about the dates and times of our orientation once you have been approved to volunteer.
  5. Department Training: In addition to the Volunteer Orientation, you will train within the department for your specific role.


Complete our online application today!

Questions? Contact:

Phoebe Townsend, Staff Resource Manager
802.864.1848 ext. 116

Volunteer Opportunities


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.