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Posted on Mar 12, 2014 in Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) | 0 comments

Want to Work with AIS? AIS Technician Wanted for Green Lake

Want to Work with AIS? AIS Technician Wanted for Green Lake

Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. (RC&D) is seeking three part-time (25.5 hrs/week) aquatic invasive species (AIS) technicians for the summer of 2014. These positions may be completed as internships, but applicants do not need to be currently enrolled students.

Two positions will rotate to lakes throughout Marquette and Green Lake Counties, one position will exclusively serve Green Lake. Primary duties will include performing watercraft inspections at boat landings, assisting Golden Sands AIS staff with AIS mapping and lake surveys, and assisting with removal of purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum), and early Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) populations. Technicians will report to the Marquette County Land Conservation or Green Lake Association offices on a periodic basis.

Golden Sands RC&D will provide training and supervision to the technicians, regarding aquatic plant identification, AIS identification, and proper watercraft inspection procedures following the DNR’s Clean Boats, Clean Waters program protocols. Prior experience with these topics is beneficial, but not required. The technicians may be required to attend one or more regional or statewide paid training events.

Reliable transportation and proof of insurance is required for these positions. Work-related travel mileage from the office location to the work site will be reimbursed at the federal rate. These positions will pay $9.61/hr, with a potential bonus of $1.00 per hour worked, contingent on satisfactory completion of a final end-of-season report. Employment will run from approximately Memorial Day to Labor Day. Applicants will be expected to work most weekends throughout the season, including part of holiday weekends.

Experience and/or education relevant to water resources or invasive species management is appreciated, but not required. Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to the address below. Please indicate which position(s) you are interested in applying for. Questions can be directed to the Regional AIS Coordinator at the contact information shown below. Deadline for applications is March 17, 2014.

Chris Hamerla
Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
Golden Sands RC&D Council, Inc.
Chris.Hamerla@goldensandsrcd.org
608-296-2815 ext. 114

What is our interest in this position?

Two years ago, we worked with the Green Lake County Land Conservation Department to begin a grant funded Aquatic invasive Species Coordinator (AISC) position for Green Lake County.  This local initiative grew into a multi-county initiative wherein the Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development Council took the lead in applying for the grant and will facilitate the program for both Marquette and Green Lake Counties.  We will offer staff support, organizational resources, and office space for the AIS staff working on Green Lake.