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WNY PRISM is still hiring boat stewards for Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Allegany, and Orleans counties!

Boat Stewards/Environmental Educators

WNY PRISM Boat Steward/Environmental Educators will interact daily with the public at boat launches. Boat Stewards will perform voluntary boat inspections to remove visible aquatic plants and animals from all types of watercraft. Removal of aquatic plants and animals will help to prevent the transport and spread of aquatic invasive species. Boat Stewards will also be responsible for public education and distribution of educational materials. Boat Stewards may have the opportunity to assist with invasive species removal projects such as early detection/rapid response and control efforts, to reduce established populations of both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species.

WNY PRISM is also hiring 2 Lead Boat Stewards. Lead Boat Stewards will assist the Program Manager with training, scheduling, supervision and reporting for the Watercraft Inspection Stewardship Program.

This is a full-time, temporary position with an expected time frame of mid-May to early September. Location will vary: boat launch sites are located throughout the WNY PRISM region. The standard work week will be Thursday – Sunday, 7:00am – 5:30pm. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

For the full job description and to apply, please visit:

Questions about the position can be directed to Nicole Smeenk, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Manager at No phone calls please.


Internships (Internship Flier)

WNY PRISM provides opportunities for students in need of an internship to fulfill class requirements, or for others looking for professional experience as they prepare for their careers. These are unpaid positions. 

Interns are accepted for spring semester only (Jan – May), but applications are accepted throughout the preceding fall semester. The application deadline for consideration is January 10. Applications are considered as they are received and positions may be filled prior to the application deadline. 

To apply, interested students must submit a resume, internship requirements (if applicable) and a project idea or description of the type of project they are interested in. The project proposal should include the reason for your interest in the specific project and/or in WNY PRISM and invasive species management, and should be no longer than a single page. WNY PRISM can’t guarantee we’ll be able to support your specific project, but if selected into the intern program, staff will work with you to find a similar project that meets both your interest and WNY PRISM needs.

WNY PRISM is hosted by the Great Lakes Center at Buffalo State, but the program is open to everyone. 

For more information, please contact Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM Coordinator at




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