Watercraft Inspector

Wisconsin Sea Grant

The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant seeks a self-motivated individual to educate boaters and anglers on how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) on the Lake Michigan coasts and inland lakes.

Description of Work

The AIS Watercraft Inspector travels to public boat launches where they educate watercraft users on the presence and impacts of AIS and steps to take to prevent their spread. Inspectors issue educational material and conduct a brief survey while visually inspecting boats and recreation equipment for AIS. Other duties include submitting watercraft inspection reports, removing AIS from landings, working with volunteers and other duties as assigned.

Work generally occurs on Friday afternoons, Saturday and Sunday for a total of 15-20 hrs/week, although some work will occur on holidays and during the week. A majority of hours will be spent at McKinley Marina in Milwaukee County and Camp Lake Public Access in Kenosha County, as well as other lakes in Southeast Wisconsin as needed. The Inspector is responsible for travel to boat launches (mileage will be reimbursed).

Qualifications and Interests

  • Interest in community engagement and environmental education
  • Ability to work independently outdoors in variety of weather conditions
  • Must be able to work 3 weekends a month and 2 of the 3 summer holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day)
  • Reliable transportation to and from boat ramps

How to Apply

Email a resume and a personal statement to mccomb@aqua.wisc.edu with “WISG Inspector Application” in the subject line. The personal statement should be in essay style not to exceed 500 words. The statement should include a) a paragraph about the applicant’s reasons for applying for the position; and b) 1-2 paragraphs about the applicant’s personal/professional/academic background, including related experiences and coursework.

For questions contact Scott McComb at 608-890-0977 or mccomb@aqua.wisc.edu.

Submit resume and application by 5/06/2022 to ensure consideration. Position open until filled.

To apply for this job email your details to mccomb@aqua.wisc.edu