FWWA is now hiring a 2017 Clean Boats, Clean Waters Intern

The Clean Boats Clean Waters (CBCW) Intern is a part-time seasonal position that reports directly to the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator. The main duties of a CBCW Intern are to increase awareness of aquatic invasive species (AIS) by sharing information about AIS regulations, laws, and prevention steps with boaters, anglers, and other visitors at boat landings and to help these individuals check their watercraft and equipment for aquatic plants and animals before they enter the water. During these checks, inspectors collect valuable data on boater behaviors and knowledge and regularly report the data in an online database.  We are looking for a self-motivated and detail-oriented individual to join our team for the summer of 2017. Full details are listed below.

Specific Job Duties

  • Disseminate information to boat landing visitors and the general public on AIS and what can be done to prevent their spread.
  • Conduct watercraft inspections, record data and report the data in an online database.
  • Survey landings for necessary WDNR aquatic invasive signs and work with local lake groups to maintain stock of AIS publications at landing kiosks (if present).
  • Attend weekly meetings.
  • Coordinate efforts with other local watercraft inspectors and AIS coordinators and communication with regional and statewide inspectors.
  • Attend fishing tournaments, boat shows, fishing expos and other events to educate citizens on prevention steps and how to properly clean boats, trailers, and equipment.
  • Be on the lookout for new invasive species in the water near the boat landing as well as on the shorelines.
  • Assist with miscellaneous projects and activities for AIS education.


  • Be trustworthy, able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license, access to an insured, reliable vehicle and a relatively clean driving record.
  • Be able and willing to work early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays including Memorial Day, the weekend before and on July 4th. It is important work hours match peak use of public boat landings.
  • Be willing and able to approach, engage and educate diverse citizens at boat landings, fishing tournaments, meetings and other events to encourage a change in behavior and instill a sense of personal responsibility to prevent spread of AIS.
  • Have good verbal and written communication skills to communicate with a variety of audiences, including boaters, the media and various user groups.
  • Be able and willing to work outdoors in variable weather conditions.
  • Be able to accurately record and enter data into databases.

Preffered Qualifications:

  • Have a good working knowledge of basin aquatic ecology, of the impacts that aquatic invasive species can have on lakes, streams and wetlands and of the ways to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species.
  • Be knowledgeable at identification of aquatic plants and animals and be able to work with experts in the state and region.
  • Natural Resources, Education or related class and/or work experience preferred.

Supplemental Information

Training will start in April and hours will increase at the end of May. Hourly pay is $11 per hour. There is an opportunity to earn an end-of-season bonus of $150 if work is satisfactory during the season and all data entry is completed. An average of 15 hours/week is guaranteed through September. Weekly scheduling is flexible. Most work hours are early mornings, evenings, holidays, or weekends. Position requires travel around the Winnebago System. Most mileage will be reimbursed.

The Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we’d love to hear from you!

To ensure your application is considered, send your resume and application (found after this announcement) to the following email address: jessica@fwwa.org by end of the day on Monday, April 3rd.

Position will remain open until it is filled. We look forward to hearing from you!

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