As part of CCE Saratoga’s Capital Region Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) program, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Watercraft Stewards provide public education and outreach at boat launches regarding statewide Clean, Drain, Dry practices in order to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Watercraft Stewards collect research data daily from interactions with the public using the Survey123 Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Application (WISPA).
WATERCRAFT STEWARDS work independently at various boat launch locations throughout the Capital Region PRISM region (including Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Green, Herkimer, Montgomery, Orange, Saratoga, Schenectady, Ulster, and Westchester counties).
LEAD WATERCRAFT STEWARDS assist in providing oversight to Watercraft Stewards. Lead Stewards work independently and travel frequently between various boat launch locations throughout the Capital Region PRISM region (including Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Green, Herkimer, Montgomery, Orange, Saratoga, Schenectady, Ulster, and Westchester counties).
Watercraft Stewards and Lead Stewards work on a full-time, seasonal (temporary) basis from May through September. Work schedules are typically Thursday-Monday, including holidays, from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm with a 30 minute meal period, though schedules may also vary depending on program needs.
The Watercraft Steward program runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, with several days of required programmatic training on May 24 – May 26, 2021.
Compensation of $14.00 per hour for Watercraft Stewards. Compensation of $15.75 per hour for Lead Stewards.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, however, this posting will remain open until positions are filled. Position closing dates may also change based on Association needs.
High School Diploma or GED.
At least 18 years of age.
Experience, knowledge, coursework or an interest in a career in a natural resource or education field (e.g., environmental sciences, environmental education, interpretation, education, natural resource policy, natural resource management, water resources, forestry, etc.) or other related field.
Ability to work independently at program boat launch sites.
Ability to work a full-time schedule, Thursday through Monday, including weekends and holidays.
Ability to meet occasional travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required. Lead Stewards travel frequently between various boat launch sites.
Program Skills – Ability to effectively deliver related AIS programs to diverse audiences. Ability demonstrate and teach AIS prevention techniques. Serve as an effective subject matter resource. Maintain program data confidentiality. Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts, including frequent collaboration with staff, volunteers, and outside organizations.
Communication Skills: Strong verbal communication, writing, and environmental interpretation skills. Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels and educational tools. Ability to frequently and effectively communicate with recreational boaters, anglers, other park patrons, employees and others.
Computer Skills: Experience with or ability to learn internet, email and computer based software. Prior experience using a tablet or the ability to learn how to use a tablet for WISPA data collection is required.
Work Environment – In addition to the Working Conditions, the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works constantly in outdoor weather conditions including exposure to the sun, extreme heat, wind, water, precipitation and cold; frequently lifts, moves or transports program materials; performs and demonstrates proper AIS preventative boat cleaning and launching techniques by frequently positioning self (for example, pulling, bending, reaching, touching, kneeling, using hands to feel/reach) at launch sites and other program areas. This position requires the ability to safely operate small manually operated watercraft (i.e., kayak, canoe, etc.) and to perform routine aquatic survey techniques (i.e., rake toss).
Lead Watercraft Stewards – supervisory and/or prior boat steward experience preferred.