Aquatic Invasive Species Technician II – Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination
Opening date: April 13, 2022
Closing date: When filled
Salary: $13.50 per hour
Location: Utah Lake (Lincoln Beach, Lindon, American Fork & Saratoga Springs marinas)
Time frame: About April 23 to Sept. 5, 2022 (possible extension)
Positions available: 1
Housing: Not provided
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has a seasonal position (no benefits) available at Utah Lake (Lincoln Beach, Lindon, American Fork & Saratoga Springs marinas). This appointment will last from approximately April 23 to Sept. 5, 2022, with possibility of extension. Housing is not provided.
Examples of duties
As a leading member of a team of technicians, the successful applicant will aid the AIS Interdiction Specialist in implementing the Utah Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan, with particular attention given to preventing the spread of quagga and zebra mussels in Utah’s waterways. A large portion of the job is outreach and communication, by which boaters will be educated about quagga mussels and what their role is in fighting this threat.
The duties will include interviewing boaters and educating them about the threat of Aquatic Invasive Species, data collection and entry, inspecting boats for the presence of AIS or standing water, assessing biological risk that watercraft may pose on Utah’s waters and decontaminating of boats and equipment with a hot water/high pressure sprayer. In addition to these duties, the AIS Tech II will assist in training and assisting the other technicians at the various Utah Lake marinas or other locations, including equipment maintenance, etc., as requested by the AIS Interdiction Specialist.
Job requirements and skills
Applicant must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid Utah driver’s license at time of employment. Applicant MUST be willing to work a flexible schedule, with WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, July 24, Labor Day, etc.) MANDATORY. Applicant must be self-motivated, honest, able and willing to work outdoors in harsh weather conditions. Applicant must be able to work alone and as leading member of a team.
Applicant must have previous experience as an AIS Tech I, be certified to at least WID Level II and have a comprehensive knowledge of the Utah AIS Program, including the ability to inspect and decontaminate all of the major watercraft types. Applicant must be comfortable teaching these skills to the other members of the team. Preference may be given to “watercraft-savvy” applicants with an understanding of boat types and internal water systems (ballast tanks, live wells, cooling systems, etc.); or who are pursuing a degree in biology, fisheries, natural resources or criminal justice. Basic mechanical aptitude and trailering skills are also required.
Applicants must be willing to work in an outdoor setting, communicate well with others and be able to maintain professionalism while in potentially stressful situations.
Interested applicants may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume with references to:
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
For more information, contact Daniel Oler at 435-503-4066.
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