Aquatic Invasive Species Educator and Watercraft Inspector

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Jobs - Part Time & Seasonal
Minneapolis, MN

Aquatic Invasive Species Educator and Watercraft Inspector

 $12.51 - $14.02 Hourly

Part Time (Temporary)

Role Summary

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking educators to work in our Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) education and watercraft inspection program.  Educators will primarily work at Lakes Harriet, Nokomis and Bde Maka Ska.  Assigned shifts and work locations will vary based on department needs.  The position is temporary with an expected duration from approximately April 2018 through December 1, 2018.  Must be available for day, evening and weekend hours. Opening shifts start before dawn (as early as 5:45AM) to early afternoon and closing shifts start in the afternoon to after dusk (as late as 10:30PM), seven days per week.

Hours/days vary throughout the season with most employees working up to 30 hours per week.   Workload based on seasonal needs and hours of operation including days, nights, holidays and weekends.  Regular attendance at work is expected.  May work for prolonged periods of time outdoors and in all weather conditions.  May be assigned to work individually or in pairs/teams.


 In October, limited boat launch hours begin through December 1st.  During this time, number of available work hours is reduced and assigned based on need and skill level.   Work assignments will be combination of office and field work. 


Performs under the general supervision of the AIS Program Associate and is responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:

Essential Duties:

  • Inspect watercraft and educate boaters as they enter and exit the lakes in the Minneapolis Parks.
  • Serve as a customer service agent for the Minneapolis Parks; provide information and respond to inquiries.
  • Provide interactive AIS education for all ages at boat landings in Minneapolis Parks.
  • Use mobile device to conduct inspections, track interactions with boaters, collect customer service information from the general public.  Mobile device also used for shift scheduling and communication with supervisory staff.
  • Conduct AIS early detection boat launch surveys using in-water detection tools and equipment.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Related Work:

  • Provide AIS education and program outreach at special events, and assist with new and established programs.
  • Tactfully enforce MPRB rules and regulations.
  • Open and close work station kiosks at beginning and end of shift, sometimes at dawn or dusk depending on time of year.  
  • Follow protocol for notifying supervisor of concerns.
  • Perform related work as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to use mobile device in the field including ability to navigate DNR web application and use of text and email communication.
  • Must have ability to travel between work locations. 
  • College coursework in one of the following disciplines: biological sciences, environmental sciences, natural resources, or wildlife conservation preferred.
  • Experience in environmental education preferred.
  • Previous customer service experience and/or working with public preferred.

Physical Requirements

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
  • Ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, stand, walk, drive, push, pull, lift, finger, grasp, feel, talk, hear, see, and perform repetitive motions.
  • Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • The ability to safely operate a motor vehicle as incumbents are subject to local travel to and from work locations.
  • Operating or utilizing equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements.
  • The ability to remain in a sitting or standing position for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work for prolonged periods of times outdoors in all weather conditions.

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry)

  • Working knowledge of Minnesota's current and potential AIS threats.
  • Basic ecology and interest in environmental education and outreach.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and mobile technology including apps.
  • Basic professional conduct in the workplace and in serving park patrons, including respectful communication and civility toward others.
  • Skills and Ability to: (position requirements at entry)
  • Identify Minnesota's aquatic invasive species.
  • Use and properly operate tools necessary for the performance of duties including electronic devices.
  • Ability to arrive on time for scheduled shifts and travel between work locations in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Independent, self-motivated worker
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to interact positively with a wide range of customers.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (day or evening) at various MPRB boat launches.
  • Ability to communicate the reasons for invasive species programs, policies, and actions.
  • Read and/or listen to instructions and understand content of such instructions in order to follow through on next steps.
  • Establish and maintain effective, respectful, and productive working relationships.
  • Understand and follow supervisor directions, work rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Provide outstanding customer service and project positive image of MPRB to residents and customers.
  • Work safely following safety standards



Applicants must complete an online application with supplemental questions at  Applicants may choose to attach a cover letter or resume to their application; however, it is not a substitute for the completed application and supplemental questions. References, including verification of employment and work performance, may be considered. This position is open until filled.