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Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species, both plant and animal, is one of the most intractable problems conservation organizations face. There are many volunteer opportunities, but also paid positions with Clean Boats Clean Water and other watercraft inspector programs.

Beaver Creek Reserve Citizen Science Center

Citizen Science Center offers four paid watercraft inspectors (summer 2012). The positions are posted on our website. If you have any questions about available Citizen Science opportunities, feel free to email our CSC Director Jeanette Kelly.


Clean Boats Clean Water

A great way to serve, learn and make some money. There are many options and locations. For a brochure about the program, click here. Two of our faculty work for the program. You can contact them:

And here is the state coordinator for CBCW:

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Citizen Lake Monitoring Network - Northeast Region

  • Subject Area: Lakes/Ponds/Reservoirs, Exotics/Invasive Species
  • Purpose: To create a ripple effect from creating interest in area lakes, to do trend monitoring, to share information and concern, and to increase the quality of lakes.
  • Data Types Collected: Physical parameters, Chemical parameters, Distribution and Range
  • Volunteer Services:
    • Training sessions for new volunteers
    • Advanced training sessions for experienced monitors
    • Online training
    • Conferences
    • Volunteer monitor newsletter
    • Group website
    • Data analysis and reporting
    • Email list or list-serve for volunteers
    • Staff consultation with individual monitors
  • Affiliation: WDNR
  • Contact Information:
    Jay Schiefelbein, Northeast Region Coordinator 
    Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources
    625 E. Cty. Rd. Y, Ste. 700
    Oshkosh, WI 54901
    Phone: (920) 303-5449

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East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission sponsors a Clean Boats Clean Waters program. It also has opportunities to participate in aquatic invasive species lake monitoring within the Winnebago Pool lakes. We can also be creative and find ways to volunteer like developing composting sites for the aquatic vegetation, zebra mussel removal/reuse, or educational outreach opportunities where the Oshkosh students help man booths for teaching conference participants about AIS. Learn more about this opportunity.

  • Contact Information:
    Todd A. Verboomen, West Winnebago Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
    Phone: (920) 751-4770


Heckrodt Wetland Reserve

  • Job and Project Summary: Under the direction of the Executive Director, the intern will be responsible for implementing the invasive plant species control program at HWR.
  • Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Using the appropriate equipment, remove invasive species, primarily European and Common Buckthorn, and Japanese Knotweed.
    • Apply HWR-approved herbicide to cut stumps or weed surfaces to improve success of removal programs.
    • Manage removed plant materials to reduce potential of resprout and to provide a pleasing visual appearance for Reserve visitors.
    • Maintain equipment used for this project.
    • Work with volunteer groups and record volunteer hours.
    • Record intern progress on a weekly basis by journaling.
  • Required Skills:
    • College student of Junior to Senior Status or a second-year technical college student
    • Self-starter with the ability to work with minimum supervision
    • Demonstrated ability to identify invasive plant species as defined by HWR
    • Experience with equipment likely to be used for this project
    • Landscaping or Forestry experience helpful, but not required
    • Experience managing volunteers
    • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Compensation: Stipend of $9/hour up to a maximum of $ 4,500: 500 hours is anticipated. Time sheets must be submitted for pay approval. The project period is June 4, 2012 through August31, 2012. Work hours may be flexible, but coordination with HWR staff during regular operating hours is required.
  • Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume, with references by March 31, 2012.
  • Interviews will be scheduled in April with a decision by May 1, 2012.
  • Contact Information:
    Executive Director, Heckrodt Wetland Reserve 
    1305 Plank Rd
    Menasha, WI 54952
    Phone: (920) 720-9349

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Marinette County Land & Water Conservation Division

  • Position Title: Watercraft Inspector
  • Position Description: The Marinette County Land Information Department – Land & Water Conservation
    Division is seeking three enthusiastic Limited Term Employees to assist with Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) prevention and education for the 2012 summer season. The main duties of a Watercraft Inspector are to increase awareness of aquatic invasive species by sharing information about aquatic invasive species regulations, laws, and prevention steps with boaters, anglers, and other visitors at boat landings. They will also help individuals check their watercraft and equipment for aquatic plants and animals before they enter, and after they leave, the water. Where appropriate, Watercraft Inspectors will use a portable power washer to clean boats, motors, and trailers of AIS. During these checks, inspectors collect valuable data on boater behaviors and knowledge and regularly report the data in an online database.
  • Responsibilities:
    • Successfully complete a Clean Boats, Clean Waters training session.
    • Talk to boat landing visitors and the general public about AIS and what can be done to prevent their spread.
    • Conduct watercraft inspections, record data, and report the data in an online database.
    • Transport portable power washer to boat landings and events within Marinette County.
    • Engage the public in active prevention through the use of the portable power washer.
    • Refuel and perform light maintenance to the portable power washer.
    • Survey landings for necessary DNR aquatic invasive species signs.
    • Meet regularly with supervisor to discuss and review inspection schedule.
    • Check landings and adjacent shoreline for presence of aquatic invasive species.
  • Required Qualifications:
    • Be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license and private vehicle.
    • Be able and willing to work early mornings, evenings, weekends, boating events, and holidays, including Memorial Day and July 4th, to 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 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 well-organized, self-motivated, able to multi-task, and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
    • Be able to accurately record data, be proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, email, and be comfortable entering data into databases.
    • Be able to operate mechanical equipment in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • Have some knowledge of 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.
    • Natural Resources, Education, or related class and/or work experience preferred.
  • Duration/Hours: Positions will start in mid May and continue through August/Early September. Three positions are available. Weekly schedule is somewhat flexible, but primarily early morning, evening, holidays, and on three out of every four weekends. Positions require travel throughout Marinette County Wisconsin. Most mileage will be reimbursed.
  • Hourly rate of pay: $13.77 per hour, total of 400 hours available
  • To Apply and Deadline: All applications must be post-marked by the 16th of March, 2012. Screening of applicants will begin immediately thereafter and interviews will be scheduled for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of April. Please send a cover letter and resume, including position title to:
    Human Resources Department
    1926 Hall Avenue
    Marinette, WI 54143

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Shawano County

Shawano County will be undertaking several water quality and aquatic invasive species (AIS) monitoring projects during summer 2012.  We are planning a comprehensive baseline inventory of AIS within approximately 50 lakes this summer.  The survey includes snorkeling surveys, aquatic vegetation rake tows, zooplankton tows, water quality sampling (PO3, Secchi, etc.), and temperature date. Having a volunteer(s) to assist with the project would be highly appreciated. In addition, our staff will also be undertaking a comprehensive terrestrial invasive species survey along our county highway rights-of-way. We also have two AIS control projects planned.In addition to seeking volunteers, Shawano County will be offering four paid internships this summer: Aquatic Plant Intern LTE, Clean Boats Clean Water LTE, Terrestrial Invasive Plant intern, Highway & Parks intern. Learn more about this opportunity.

  • Contact Information:
    Jon Motquin, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator 
    Shawano County Land Conservation Division 
    311 N. Main St., Shawano, WI 54166 
    Office Phone: (715) 526-4626
    Cell: (715) 853-1232


Testing the Waters - Milwaukee River Watershed

  • Subject Areas: Rivers/Streams, Insects, Exotics/Invasive Species
  • Purpose: To monitor current conditions and long-term trends.
  • Affiliation: Riversedge Nature Center
  • Data Types Collected: Population Trends, Habitat Conditions and/or Availability
  • Volunteer Services:
    • Training sessions for new volunteers
    • Advanced training sessions for experienced monitors
    • Conferences
    • Volunteer monitor newsletter
    • Other publications
    • Group website
    • Links to websites of other programs
    • Data analysis and reporting
    • Staff consultation with individual monitors
  • Contact Information:
    Mary Holleback, Project Director & Environmental Educator 
    4458 W. Hawthorne Dr.
    Newburg, WI 53060
    Phone: (800) 287-8098

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