Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator

North St. Louis SWCD

The Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator oversees the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) watercraft inspection and decontamination program in northern St. Louis County. This full-time position’s time will dedicate 85 percent of its time to AIS coordination and 15 percent to other projects – which may vary based on the skillset of the successful candidate. Currently able to work from home or office due to COVID-19 protocols.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manages the AIS watercraft inspection & decontamination program, and performs the following tasks associated with this position
  • Works with employment agency to hire Level 1 & 2 inspectors & supervisors
  • Ensures all watercraft inspectors are trained by DNR
  • Orders, distributes and collects all supplies for each inspector
  • Spot checks watercraft inspectors and supervisors. May occasionally inspect and decontaminate boats
  • Oversees scheduling of decontamination units and inspector staff
  • Supervises interns who supervise inspectors. Reports issues/concerns promptly to District Administrator and Employment Agency. Holds regular trainings/meetings with all inspectors.
  • Conducts resort education, develops relationships and assists resorts to implement AIS prevention best practices at their resorts
  • Presents programs for educational institutions and community groups
  • Produces written reports to participating lake associations, St. Louis County and all funding sources. Prepares periodic reports. All reports are accurate, timely and of highest quality.
  • Frequently interacts with DNR to deliver highest quality program
  • Assists with District’s educational and promotional efforts such as field days, fairs and festivals like Envirothon, Earth Fest, Starry Watch etc. to promote the program/District.
  • Coordinates with other agencies and partners including DNR, Fayal Township, lake associations, National Park Service, SWCDs, and others.
  • Maintains field equipment, including high pressure hot water units for decontamination, in working order.
  • Schedules spring maintenance
  • Winterizes units each fall
  • Trains inspector supervisors on weekly, monthly and preventative maintenance, plus basic troubleshooting
  • Stocks regularly used parts and supplies, orders others promptly – with goal to keep units operational as much as possible.
  • Attends trainings to improve skills.
  • Advises correct person/entity of problems, situations, violations, infractions, etc. that impact the District.
  • Assists in preparing a variety of reports, grants applications and fulfilling reporting requirements
  • Marketing/writing/promotion
  • Develops, writes and proofreads materials
  • Contributes materials to the website and Facebook pages
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential Job Functions

  • Ability to run successful AIS program
  • Ability to work outside in all weather, on rough terrain, with biting insects
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis; occasional need to lift more than 50 pounds. Ability to load/unload/operate a boat. Ability to back-up trailers.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, diagnose and repair minor issues with the decontamination units and their motors
  • Ability to pass criminal background checks
  • Valid Driver’s License with insurable driving record
  • Documents work time in 15-minute increments for funding sources
  • Works with little direction, handles multiple projects and maintains a high level of productivity
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with lake associations, partner agencies and funding sources

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resource field or equivalent education/experience.
  • Computer skills that include Microsoft Office suite of programs
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience with watercraft inspection program or aquatic invasive species prevention program
  • Prior supervisory experience


This position is directly supervised by the District Administrator.  Performance of each duty and assigned responsibility will be evaluated at least annually by the District Administrator.

Salary & Benefits

Full-time. Anticipated starting salary is $20.50/hour. Current benefits include a $600 monthly cash stipend (that can be used to purchase insurances through MN Public Employees Insurance Program, to make flex plan contributions or taken as cash), retirement through Public Employees Retirement Association, paid holidays, vacation and sick days. Work from the office and/or at home. Flexible scheduling.

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