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AIS Watercraft Inspector

The Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) seeks self-motivated individuals to provide watercraft inspections and outreach to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Lake County, Minnesota. Take advantage of the opportunity to live and play on the North Shore as a Watercraft Inspector with Lake County SWCD!


$14.50-$15.50 hourly

Closing Date:

This position is open until filled and has no closing date.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified applicants must have an interest in natural resources or related field. Must possess the ability to work independently. Must have good computer and communication skills. Must have a valid driver’s license and a reliable personal vehicle available for use.


• Serves as a Level 1, DNR Certified watercraft inspector at assigned inspection stations, which are primarily Lake Superior Public Water Accesses • Provides watercraft inspections and education in Lake County • Provides excellent customer service and communicates effectively to launch users and the public • Educates launch users about the importance of AIS prevention and distributes outreach materials • Attends trainings and fulfills requirements from the MNDNR to become an authorized inspector • Records work time, and maintains daily inspection reports and data entry with an electronic tablet • Performs light access maintenance during slow boat use periods • Assists in additional AIS outreach and prevention efforts as outlined by the SWCD, including staffing booths at festivals • Other duties as assigned.

Work Test Period:

Background Check:

Applicants selected for appointment must pass a criminal background check.

Drug Testing:

Physical-Medical Standards:

Applicants must meet essential physical requirements of the position. Work involves mostly outside field work (95%). Long duration standing. Frequent position changes; lifting, pushing, and pulling requirement more than 50 pounds on an infrequent basis; exposures not limited to heat, cold, and wet conditions; and use of the senses of sight and smell are necessary in this work.

Employment Eligibility Verification:

All new employees must complete and sign employment eligibility verification form on the first day of employment. Documentation verifying identity and employment eligibility must be submitted within three days of the first day of employment.

Application Information:

Submit an employment application, available at or upon request, to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until May 31st or until filled. Please contact the AIS Coordinator at the Lake SWCD Office at (218) 834-8370 with further questions. Finalists for the interview process will be determined after initial screening and assessment of relevant qualifications and experience. Applicant(s) selected for the interview process will be contacted directly by Lake County SWCD.


Applicants who wish to request accommodation to application process should contact Lake County SWCD at (218) 834-8370.


Lake County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, membership or activity in a local commission, genetic information, or any other protected classification.

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