Animal Care Internship
Environmental Exhibit Specialist/Director of Animal Care and Facilities
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.
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.
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.
Guest Services & Events Internship
Director of Guest Service/Event Managers
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.
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.
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.
Development & Communications Staff
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
- 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
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.