Watercraft Inspection Internships

The Watercraft Inspector serves to inform and educate the public to the threats of ecologically harmful aquatic invasive species to Minnesota's waters. Inspectors work at public water access sites educating the public by providing information to watercraft users and conducting a brief survey while inspecting watercraft for invasive species. Other duties include assisting the coordinator with access postings, assisting Conservation Officers with access checks, invasive plant removal, and other natural resource projects.

  • Educate the public on invasive species program and issues
  • Distribute written information to watercraft users
  • Inspect watercraft for invasive species
  • Conduct a verbal survey & inspection inventory
  • Document and record research activities

Position

Temporary full-time (in all areas)

  • Must work weekends and some holidays from May 2016 - October 2016
    • Start and end dates flexible based on school schedules
  • Watercraft Inspector pay rate $10-$11 per hour
    • Mileage reimbursement rate is around $0.55 per mile

Application deadline

Apply on the State of Minnesota jobs website.This link leads to an external site.Complete application instructions will be outlined in each internship posting.

Eligibility

To qualify for the Watercraft Inspection Program applicants must pass a criminal background check and have a valid Minnesota class D drivers license or the equivalent. In order to hold this position employees must receive college credit and major in one of the following: Biology, Natural Resources, Fisheries and Wildlife, Enforcement, Communications, Recreation Resource Management, Recreation, Park and Leisure studies, Ecology, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geology, Sociology, Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance, Urban and Community Forestry.

Program structure

Watercraft Inspectors will be assigned to a specific area of responsibility which may include up to 10 public water accesses. Personal transportation is required and mileage will be reimbursed.

Locations

Aitkin

Hennepin

Otter Tail

Anoka

Houston

Pine

Becker

Hubbard

Ramsey

Beltrami

Itasca

Roseau

Benton

Isanti

Scott

Blue Earth

Kandiyohi

Sherburne

Carver

Koochiching

St. Louis

Cass

Lake

Stearns

Chisago

Lake of the Woods

Todd

Cook

Le Sueur

Wabasha

Crow Wing

Meeker

Washington

Dakota

Mille Lacs

Winona

Douglas

Morrison

Wright

Goodhuge

Olmstead

 

Skills

  1. Excellent verbal communication skills
  2. Sound understanding of customer relations
  3. Ability to coordinate multiple tasks within a professional setting
  4. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  5. Willingness to work odd hours and in adverse weather conditions
  6. Sense of humor
  7. Demonstrated interest in environmental work through education, volunteer work, and/or hobbies

Contact information

Northwest Inspection Supervisor
(Fergus Falls)
Mike Bolinkski
218-739-7576 ext 259

Northwest Program Assistant
(Fergus Falls)
Anna Ness
218-739-7576 ext 247

Northwest Program Assistant
(Park Rapids)
Bruce Anspach
218-699-7295

Northeast Inspection Supervisor
(Brainerd)
Keri Hull
218-833-8737

Northeast Program Assistant
(Brainerd)
Justin Swart
218-203-4356

Central Inspection Supervisor
(St. Cloud)
Evan Freeman
320-223-7845

Central Inspection Supervisor
(St. Paul)
Christine Hokkala-Kuhns
651-259-5835

Central Program Assistant
(St. Paul)
Sara Okstad
651-315-3387

Central Program Assistant
Vacant