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Aquatic Invasive Species Technician I

January 22, 2024
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Aquatic Invasive Species Technician I – Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination

Opening date: Jan. 22, 2024DWR technicians inspecting a watercraft
Closing date: When filled
Salary: $15.75 per hour
Location: Utah Lake Marinas/Strawberry Reservoir
Time frame: About April 15 to Sept. 2, 2024 (possible extension)
Positions available: 12–16
Housing: Not provided

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has seasonal positions (no benefits) available at Utah Lake and Strawberry Reservoir. This appointment will last from approximately April 15 to Sept. 2, 2024, 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 in 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 of boats and equipment with a hot water/high volume 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 (e.g., 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 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 who live in or near the Heber City area (or who can arrange such housing) will be given additional preference.

Other

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.

Applications

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

Daniel Oler
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
doler@utah.gov

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 Resources Office at 385-315-2834.

People and culture expectation

The successful applicant(s) will be expected to uphold the Division’s values of integrity, professionalism, accountability, teamwork and cooperation. The behaviors they embrace should set an example of professional and personal respect. Seasonal employees are expected to actively promote a workplace free of discrimination and harassment, as well as make good faith efforts to understand people as unique individuals with diverse life experiences, challenges and opportunities.

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