Aquatic Invasive Species Boat Launch Stewards

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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job

Spend your summer by the lake! Join the efforts of NEIWPCC and the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) to prevent the spread of harmful and destructive invasive species, working to ensure a healthy and clean environment for wildlife and recreationalists. We are seeking multiple seasonal boat launch stewards to deliver interpretive invasive species spread prevention messages to boaters on Lake Champlain during the summer of 2024 and to inspect and decontaminate watercraft as appropriate.

As a boat launch steward, you will be trained to:

  • Greet visitors to Lake Champlain and familiarize the public with aquatic invasive species information.
  • Record lake-user information on mobile tablets.
  • Collect and identify aquatic organisms.
  • Inspect watercraft, trailers, and recreational equipment for aquatic organisms.
  • Conduct hot water high pressure decontaminations as needed.

Successful candidates will be organized, have excellent public communication skills, have experience with data collection, and have familiarity with invasive species. Candidates must be comfortable working in outdoor settings in various weather conditions and have the physical capability to inspect watercraft. Basic familiarity with boaters, anglers, and recreational equipment will be useful. Experience with small engine maintenance and repair is a plus. A valid driver’s license and private means of transportation are required. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required.

Stewards will work approximately 40-hours per week, Thursday through Monday, at select boat launches around Lake Champlain from mid-May to Labor Day weekend, with the option to extend through mid-October. Weekends and holidays are required. Time off by prior arrangement can be accommodated. The anticipated hourly payrate for this position is $19.00.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume by email to; please reference #24-LCBP-001 in the email subject line. Application review will begin on February 1, 2024, and will continue on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. A full position description may be viewed at:

NEIWPCC is a regional commission that helps the states of the Northeast preserve and advance water quality. We engage and convene water quality professionals and other interested parties from New England and New York to collaborate on water, wastewater, and environmental science challenges across shared regions, ecosystems, and areas of expertise. Our mission is to advance clean water in the Northeast through collaboration with, and service to, our member states. NEIWPCC serves as the primary program administrator of LCBP and administers the Program’s personnel, finances, and contracts.

NEIWPCC’s Diversity Commitment
NEIWPCC is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. NEIWPCC is an equal opportunity employer, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital status, physical and mental disability, ancestry, genetic information, age, political or union affiliation, pregnancy or related medical conditions, military service or application for military service, veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by applicable law. Physical or mental disabilities will be considered only as they may relate to the candidate’s ability to fulfill bona fide job requirements. This policy refers to all personnel practices including employee recruiting, hiring, transfers, promotions, training, disciplining, terminating and all other conditions. Read more about NEIWPCC’s commitment to diversity here:

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

NEIWPCC’s diversity initiatives are embedded in all our policies and practices which include (but are not limited to) talent acquisition, professional development and training, compensation and benefits, and a work environment that supports our mission, strategy and core values.

A key component of NEIWPCC’s mission is recognizing communities with lower socio-economic status and those with larger minority populations who disproportionally contend with serious water quality issues and threats to their access to clean and safe water. Our work in service of underserved and underrepresented groups is a key aspect of our priorities. NEIWPCC understands that we are not achieving our mission and realizing our vision until all of our communities have access to clean and safe water.

In addition, our strategic plan is the foundation for us to continue to build a more diverse and inclusive water quality workforce and to draw upon our organizational values to strengthen culture and create a sense of community for staff in support of our workforce development objective. NEIWPCC is committed to continued progress in this arena.

Read more about NEIWPCC’s commitment to diversity here:

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