Aquatic Invasive Species Technician
Beaver Creek Reserve Citizen Science Center is seeking an intern to assist with aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention and education. This full-time internship will work alongside the AIS Coordinator to conduct monitoring on regional lakes and rivers and to work with local stakeholder groups on AIS control efforts within a 6-county region (Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin & Rusk Counties). This internship position will include working on the weekends as a watercraft inspector at a boat landing in Chippewa County.
Responsibilities will be focused on several specific objectives with additional responsibilities that may arise. The main duties of this position will include:
Conduct surveys and proper identification techniques for invasive species with the AIS Coordinator and volunteers
Create professional level monitoring reports and maps of AIS within the survey locations
Assist with the Mussel Monitoring of Eau Claire County project including surveying, identification, volunteer coordination, and data collection
Keep regular communication with AIS Coordinator and volunteers
Transfer field data into the WDNR surface water database
Disseminate information to boat landing visitors on AIS and prevention
Conduct watercraft inspections, record data and report the data to the WDNR surface water database
Participate in statewide education strategies including Draining Campaign and Landing Blitz
Keep in regular contact with the lake group where watercraft inspection duties are conducted
Assist with invasive species control efforts including special removal projects and assistance with WDNR and county partners
Assist with miscellaneous projects and activities as they arise
Currently enrolled in/completed B.S. natural resource related field
Good verbal and written communication skills
Possess a valid driver’s license and vehicle for work use
Identification skills covering invasive aquatic plants, invertebrates, and fish
Comfortable in operation of a kayak/canoe/motor boat
Able to orienteer with a GPS unit or topographic map
Functional knowledge of GIS
Knowledge of aquatic ecology, the impacts that aquatic invasive species can have on lakes, streams and wetlands, and ways to reduce the spread of AIS
Experience recruiting and managing volunteers
Much of the work will be outdoors. Comfort working on/in the water, remote places, and in variable weather conditions is important. Some office work will include sitting and lifting.
Knowledge of MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
Able to work effectively with volunteers of all ages
Able to work in varying environmental conditions
Requires ability to work with limited supervision
LENGTH OF POSITION:
Late May-August (can be flexible)
35 hours a week average. Weekend work required. Weekly schedule will be 3 days from Monday-Friday and Saturdays and Sundays from either 8am-3pm or 9am-4pm.
Onsite housing may be available with additional duties.
Application Deadline is 03/26/2023. Interviews will be scheduled on April 3rd through April 6th. Please submit your resume, references, and cover letter to [email protected] or mail to:
Beaver Creek Reserve
S1 County Rd K
Fall Creek, WI 54742
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