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Aquatic Invasive Species Technician I – Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination

Aquatic Invasive Species Technician I – Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination

Opening date: May 10, 2022
Closing date: When filled
Salary: $14.00 per hour
Location: Utah Lake Marinas (Lincoln Beach, Lindon, American Fork & Saratoga Springs)
Time frame: About May 15 to Sept. 5, 2022 (possible extension)
Positions available: 5–6
Housing: Not provided 

The Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Resources, has seasonal positions (no benefits) available at Utah Lake Marinas (Lincoln Beach, Lindon, American Fork and Saratoga Springs). This appointment will last from approximately May 15 to Sept. 5, 2022, with possibility of extension. Housing is not provided.

Examples of duties

As a member of a team of technicians, the successful applicant will aid 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. 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 boats and equipment with a hot water/high pressure sprayer.

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 and 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 a contributing member of a 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 is helpful.


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. Job may double as an internship, if requested.


Interested applicants may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume with references to:

Daniel Oler
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

For more information, contact Daniel Oler at 435-503-4066.

DNR complies with the ADA. Hearing-impaired employees who wish further information regarding this announcement may call the DNR TTY number at 801-538-7458. Disabled employees who desire reasonable accommodation in the interview process should contact the DNR Human Resource Office at 385-315-2834.