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Current available positions:

Love the Finger Lakes? Become a Watercraft Steward & get paid to help protect them! Summer 2019

Keuka Lake Association (KLA) is hiring Watercraft Stewards for the 2019 season.

Position: Lead Watercraft Steward/Coordinator
Locations: Keuka Lake launches including the Village of Penn Yan, Keuka Lake State Park, and Town of Urbana

Time: 40 hrs/week, May 25th through October 31st; must work weekends and holidays; seasonal (summer) position; reduced/flexible hours after August 31st
Pay: $13.50 per hour; non-benefits-eligible position

Job Description:
The Watercraft Stewards will be responsible for public outreach and education on slowing and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Under supervision of the Natural Resources Educator, Watercraft Stewards will offer watercraft inspections at public launches and provide educational information about aquatic invasive species and protocol for preventing their spread. Watercraft inspections involve removal of plants and other organic material from boats and trailers and identifying aquatic invasive species. Watercraft Stewards will collect daily data from their interactions with watercraft users using tablets and electronic data-entry software. Training will be provided.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct public education and outreach programs regarding the significance of New York's aquatic ecosystems and the threat of the spread of invasive species at watercraft launch sites.
  • Perform watercraft inspections, collect data from inspections, and enter data electronically.
  • Scheduling Watercraft Steward shifts.
  • Providing on-call assistance to Stewards during their shifts through phone calls and assistance at the launches.
  • Ensuring that Watercraft Stewards have the proper supplies.
  • Ensuring that Watercraft Stewards enter their field data correctly and in a timely manner.
  • Regularly check in on Watercraft Stewards while on-duty at boat launches.
  • Conduct public education and outreach programs regarding the significance of New York's aquatic ecosystems and the threat of the spread of invasive species at watercraft launch sites.
  • Disseminate educational information, press releases, and other materials as requested.
  • Provide additional assistance and training to Watercraft Stewards as needed.
  • Participate in service events such as invasive species pulls, Invasive Species Awareness Week, etc.
  • Attend and assist in organizing monthly meetings with Watercraft Stewards and Natural Resources Educator.
  • Attend bi-weekly supervisory meetings with Natural Resources Educator.
  • Two-day training session May 21st and 22nd at the Finger Lakes Institute

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills. Must have the ability to successfully and clearly present information and ideas to a diverse audience, and to react in a positive, proactive manner in confrontational circumstances.
  • College students or recent graduates with experience in environmental education, natural resources management, biology, ecology, environmental studies/science, or a related field are encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with aquatic invasive species and the general ecology of the Finger Lakes region or willingness to learn is preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and responsibly without direct supervision.
  • Ability to supervise others, including managing schedules, communicating duties, and managing conflicts.
  • Valid Driver's license. Must provide own transportation to work sites and meeting locations.
  • Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, long hours in the sun, and traveling if necessary.
  • Further specific skills required will be determined by specializations listed above.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Please email a resume and cover letter to Natural Resources Educator, Laura Bailey, at lb698@cornell.edu by May 17th. If you have a question or need assistance supplying application materials, please call (315) 536-5123.

Position: Watercraft Steward
Locations: Keuka Lake launches including the Village of Penn Yan, Keuka Lake State Park, and Town of Urbana

Time: 40 hrs/week, May 25th through August 31st; must work weekends and holidays; seasonal (summer) position
Pay: $13 per hour; non-benefits-eligible position

Job Description:The Watercraft Stewards will be responsible for public outreach and education on slowing and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Under supervision of the Natural Resources Educator, Watercraft Stewards will offer watercraft inspections at public launches and provide educational information about aquatic invasive species and protocol for preventing their spread. Watercraft inspections involve removal of plants and other organic material from boats and trailers and identifying aquatic invasive species. Watercraft Stewards will collect daily data from their interactions with watercraft users using tablets and electronic data-entry software. Training will be provided.


Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct public education and outreach programs regarding the significance of New York's aquatic ecosystems and the threat of the spread of invasive species at watercraft launch sites.
  • Perform watercraft inspections, collect data from inspections, and enter data electronically.
  • Attend monthly meetings with Lead Watercraft Steward and Natural Resources Educator to discuss progress and data collected.
  • Two-day training session May 21st and 22nd at the Finger Lakes Institute

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills. Must have the ability to successfully and clearly present information and ideas to a diverse audience, and to react in a positive, proactive manner in confrontational circumstances.
  • College students or recent graduates with experience in environmental education, natural resources management, biology, ecology, environmental studies/science, or a related field are encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge or willingness to learn about aquatic invasive species and general ecology of the Finger Lakes region.
  • Ability to work independently and responsibly without direct supervision.
  • Ability to accurately collect and summarize data according to established protocol using tablets.
  • Valid Driver's license. Must provide own transportation to work sites and meeting locations.
  • Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, long hours in the sun, and traveling if necessary.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Please email a resume to Natural Resources Educator, Laura Bailey, at lb698@cornell.eduby May 17th. If you have questions or need assistance supplying application materials, please call (315) 536-5123.

    Contact

    Arlene Wilson
    Executive Director
    aaw66@cornell.edu
    (315) 536-5123

    Last updated May 13, 2019