Employment Opportunities

Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator (Full-time) – apply by 11/30/21

Email cover letter and resume to anita(a)nslswcd.org by midnight on Tuesday, 11/30/2021

POSITION DESCRIPTION & NOTICE OF VACANCY

INTRODUCTION:
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:
1. Manages the AIS watercraft inspection & decontamination program, and performs the following tasks
associated with this position:
a. Works with employment agency to hire Level 1 & 2 inspectors
b. Ensures all watercraft inspectors are trained by DNR
c. Orders, distributes and collects all supplies for each inspector
d. Spot checks watercraft inspectors and supervisors. May occasionally inspect and decontaminate
boats
e. Oversees scheduling of decontamination units and inspector staff
f. Supervises interns who supervise inspectors. Reports issues/concerns promptly to District
Administrator and Employment Agency. Holds regular trainings/meetings with all inspectors.
g. Conducts resort education, develops relationships and assists resorts to implement AIS
prevention best practices at their resorts
h. Presents programs for educational institutions and community groups
i. 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.
j. Frequently interacts with DNR to deliver highest quality program
2. 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.
3. Coordinates with other agencies and partners including DNR, Fayal Township, lake associations,
National Park Service, SWCDs, and others.
4. Maintains field equipment, including high pressure hot water units for decontamination, in working order.
a. Schedules spring maintenance
b. Winterizes units each fall
c. Trains inspector supervisors on weekly, monthly and preventative maintenance, plus basic
troubleshooting
d. Stocks regularly used parts and supplies, orders others promptly – with goal to keep units
operational as much as possible.
5. Attends trainings to improve skills.
6. Advises correct person/entity of problems, situations, violations, infractions, etc. that impact the District.
7. Assists in preparing a variety of reports, grants applications and fulfilling reporting requirements
8. Marketing/writing/promotion
a. Develops, writes and proofreads materials
b. Contributes materials to the website and Facebook pages
9. Other duties as assigned

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
1. Ability to run successful AIS program
2. Ability to work outside in all weather, on rough terrain, with biting insects
3. 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.
4. Ability to troubleshoot, diagnose and repair minor issues with the decontamination units and their motors
5. Ability to pass criminal background checks
6. Valid Driver’s License with insurable driving record
7. Documents work time in 15-minute increments for funding sources
8. Works with little direction, handles multiple projects and maintains a high level of productivity
9. 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

SUPERVISION
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.

OVERTIME STATUS
This position is classified as a non-exempt employee and as a result is eligible to earn overtime.

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.

VETERANS PREFERENCE POINTS: The District gives veterans preference points to eligible applicants
during application screening. Although this is not a Federal position, please include a Standard Form 15 and
applicable documentation if you are applying for Veteran’s preference points.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: Contact Anita Provinzino to arrange reasonable accommodations to
apply or attend an interview at 218-288-6144 or anita at nslswcd.org.

ANTICIPATED TIMELINE:
Deadline for anita at nslswcd.org to receive cover letter and resume is midnight on Tuesday, 11/30/2021.
Interviews – 12/6/2021 Board hiring approval – 12/08/2021 Start date – To be determined

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:
North St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation District is an equal opportunity and veteran friendly employer. All qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, familial status,
age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, disability, genetic information, veteran status or activity in a local
Human Rights Commission or any other characteristic protected by law. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the
SWCD may provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities during the application and selection process
and upon employment.

DATA PRIVACY:
Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13 requires that you be informed of the following about private data requested in the application process.
• Name, home address and telephone numbers, and email address are used to identify you and to contact you about potential job
opportunities. If your name is not provided, we won’t be able to process your application. If your contact information is not provided,
we will not be able to contact you and may reject your application. If you are a finalist for a vacancy, your name becomes public
data and is available to anyone.
• You are not legally required to provide any of the private data listed above. SWCD employees and board supervisors involved in
the selection process may have access to your private data when their work assignments reasonably require access. Others who
may legally access the above data are individuals or agencies to whom we are required to release the data by law, rule or court
order
 

 


Volunteer Opportunities

Do you regularly spend time on a favorite lake or near a favorite stream? Then you may especially enjoy being a citizen lake or stream monitor. Please contact our Community Conservationist, Becca Reiss, becca@nslswcd.org, if you are interested in learning more! No one knows the water in their own backyard like the people who live there!

There are many opportunities to volunteer to the benefit of Soil & Water in our area through many different organizations! Some include:

North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District

505 3rd St N, Ste A,
Virginia, MN 55792
218-749-2000
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4 Monday-Friday and by appointment

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Upcoming Board Meetings

Wednesday, December 8th at 10:30 a.m.
This meeting will be held in-person at the St. Louis County Public Works building at 7823 Hwy 135 ,Virginia, MN. A Zoom connection is available by contacting Anita Provinzino at least two hours prior to the meeting time. This meeting is open to the public, a mask and social distancing is required..

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