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WNY PRISM is hiring for its Watercraft Inspection Stewardship Program! We are currently accepting applications for Watercraft Inspection Steward/Environmental Educators (11) and Lead Stewards (2). Job sites will be located throughout the WNY PRISM region.

The WNY PRISM Watercraft Inspection Steward Program is designed to prevent the transport, spread and establishment of aquatic invasive species while increasing public awareness of this threat. WNY PRISM Watercraft Inspection Steward/Environmental Educators (Stewards) are an essential component of this program and will represent WNY PRISM while working toward improving environmental health. Stewards will interact daily with the public at boat launches performing boat inspections to remove visible aquatic plants and animals from all types of watercraft and will be responsible for public education and distribution of educational materials. Removal of aquatic plants and animals will help to prevent the transport and spread of aquatic invasive species. Stewards will also have the opportunity to assist with invasive species survey and removal projects, such as early detection/rapid response and control efforts, to monitor and reduce established populations of both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. This is a field position and candidates should expect to spend the majority of their time outdoors.

Stewards will be assigned to a single, primary launch; however, coverage needs may require occasional travel to other launches. Stewards are required to attend a mandatory, two-day training prior to beginning work at their assigned launches. Please visit https://www.wnyprism.org/about/job-opportunities for a complete list of boat launches. To view the boat launches on a map, please visit WNY PRISM’s Watercraft Inspection Stewardship Program page. 

WNY PRISM is also hiring 2 Lead Stewards. Lead 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 (40 hours/week, $20.00/hr., Leads @ $21.00/hr.) with an expected timeframe of May 21, 2024 – September 2, 2024 (Memorial Day – Labor Day) for Stewards, and May 16, 2024 – September 20, 2024, for Lead Stewards. All Stewards will be required to attend the two-day mandatory training in May. The standard work week will be comprised of 4, 10-hour days, Thursday – Sunday, 7:00 – 5:30. Position is dependent upon final approval of funding.

Please see full job descriptions and apply online at: https://www.rfhiring.com/jobDesc.asp?JobID=240.

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning Friday, March 22, 2024. Please follow all application directions, failure to do so may disqualify you from the position. Please provide cover letter, resume, launch preferences and 3 professional references as a single attachment. Please indicate your launch preferences and if you are interested in a Lead Steward position in your cover letter. We can’t guarantee you will be offered your first choice of launches.

Questions can be directed to Andrea Locke, Coordinator at lockeas@buffalostate.edu. No phone calls please.