Aquatic Invasive Species Intern

Washington County Planning and Parks Dept.


The Washington County Planning and Parks Department, located in West Bend, has a great opportunity for an Aquatic Invasive Species Intern in the Land and Water Conservation Division. The full-time summer intern will assist with Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) education, prevention, and outreach from May 29 – September 4, 2017. Duties will include performing Clean Boats, Clean Waters watercraft inspections at boat landings on County lakes and assisting the AIS Coordinator with outreach and education, lake surveys, AIS removal efforts, and data collection and entry. Much of the time will be spent at boat launches, on various types of watercraft and in the water. There will be an emphasis on increasing AIS awareness and education to boaters, anglers, classrooms and the general public. Training and work direction will be provided by the AIS Coordinator.

Work Hours: 40 hours per week. Must have flexible schedule with ability to work early mornings, evenings, most weekends, boating events, and holidays including Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day, to match peak use of the public boat landings.

Applicants must be able to work most weekends, including holiday weekends.

Salary: $10.00 / hour

Required Qualification:
• High school graduate.
• Ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions for extended periods of time.
• Organized, self‐motivated, ability to multi‐task, and work independently.
• Ability to frequently stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; occasionally climb or balance; regularly lift or move 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move 50 pounds.
• Enthusiastic, friendly, and excellent verbal communication skills.
• Must possess a valid state of Wisconsin driver’s license, reliable transportation and a cell phone.
• Must complete WDNR Boater Safety Certificate by time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Some knowledge of aquatic ecology, the impacts that aquatic invasive species can have on lakes, streams and wetlands, and ways to reduce the spread of AIS.
• Education or work history in biology, ecology, or natural resources.
• Ability to maneuver, load and unload kayak/canoe/motorboats.
• Experience using GPS and mapping software.
• Snorkeling or diving experience and PADI SCUBA Certification.
• Experience pressing aquatic vascular plants.

Washington County is recognized for our commitment to providing quality services to the citizens of our community. Please visit our website at to complete our online application. Applications will be accepted until the needs of the Department are met. If you have any questions, please call (262) 335-4633. Thank you for considering Washington County.
Washington County is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities


Deadline: Thursday, March 30, 2017