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Full Time Summer Position Available: Aquatic Invasive Species Education and
Dates: Summer 2011, with option of earlier start
Location: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University,
Michigan has nearly 39,000 square miles of Great Lakes waters and more than
11,000 inland lakes larger than five acres. It's natural that boating is
one of the most popular recreational activities in the state, with nearly
one million watercraft registered. Unfortunately, invasive non-native
plants, fishes, and other organisms disrupt these precious ecosystems. They
also interfere with the enjoyment associated with boating and damage
Volunteers can show boaters how to inspect their equipment, demonstrating
cleaning techniques for boats and trailers and by sharing educational
information about invasive species. These volunteers can make a big
difference in Michigan's efforts to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive
species from one body of water to another. Through the Clean Boats, Clean
Waters program, volunteers organize and conduct a boater education program
in their community. Adult and youth teams educate boaters about where they
are most likely to find invasive species on their recreational watercraft.
Program website: <http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/cbcw/>
The selected candidate will work alongside the Clean Boats, Clean Waters
program coordinator and take significant responsibility for the day-to-day
implementation of the program. Activities will include:
1. Compiling program information from prior years, including identifying
past volunteers and program partners, and organizing information from past
2. Working with partner organizations around the state to identify
suitable locations, venues, and dates for volunteer training events
3. Preparing for and providing training events for volunteers to learn
about aquatic invasive species, best boating practices to reduce their
spread, and how to most effectively work with the boating public to provide
education on aquatic invasive species and boat cleaning;
4. Maintaining records of training events, including costs, locations,
numbers of volunteers trained, and trainee feedback;
5. Working with program partners to maintain current program information
on the program website, and promote the program through the website and
other appropriate media.
Opportunities for involvement in other freshwater outreach and education
projects may also arise during the course of the summer.
Qualifications required: Ability to travel around the state to training
events, which may occur on weekends and possibly overnight. Coursework in
aquatic ecology or related field. Interest in public outreach and freshwater
management. Boating experience desirable, but not required.
Position Dates: Approximately 40 hours per week from mid-May through
mid-August 2011; specific start and end dates negotiable. An opportunity to
start part-time during spring semester is possible.
Pay: Competitive and negotiable, depending on experience.
To Apply: Send your current resume and a 1-2 page cover letter explaining
your interest in the position to the contact below. Electronic submissions
preferred. Application Deadline: February 18, 2011.
Dr. Jo Latimore
Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program Coordinator
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Michigan State University
13 Natural Resources
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222
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