Lake Champlain Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Boat Launch Stewards

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Location: Addison County, Chittenden County, Franklin County,
About the Job

NEIWPCC and the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) are seeking multiple seasonal boat launch stewards to deliver interpretive invasive species spread prevention messages to boaters on Lake Champlain during the summer of 2023 and to inspect and decontaminate watercraft as appropriate.

Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Boat Launch Stewards will be trained to greet visitors to Lake Champlain and familiarize the public with aquatic invasive species information, enter lake-user information on mobile tablets, and inspect watercraft, trailers, and recreational equipment for aquatic organisms. Stewards will also be trained to conduct hot water high pressure decontaminations as needed and to set up, operate, break down, and properly store the decontamination units. Stewards will be required to work eight-hour days for approximately forty hours per week Thursday through Monday and holidays at select boat launches around Lake Champlain from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend with the option to work through mid-October; weekend work is required. Time off by prior arrangement can be accommodated.

Successful candidates will be well organized and have excellent communication skills, experience speaking with the public, demonstrated data collection and recording, familiarity with invasive species, and field work experience. Candidates will be comfortable working in the field and have the physical capability to inspect trailered watercraft. Experience operating watercraft and /or motorized equipment and basic familiarity with boaters, anglers, and recreational equipment will be useful. Individuals with experience with small engine maintenance and repair are desired to assist with watercraft decontamination operations. Highly motivated individuals with familiarity with aquatic invasive species and/or water recreation experience are encouraged to apply. Driver’s license required. COVID-19 vaccination required.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume by email to Please reference #23-LCBP-002 in the email subject line. Reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Interviews will begin in February and will continue until all positions are filled. Apply early to ensure you’re considered for this summer!

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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.

Wage or Salary
$15 - 17 hourly