As part of the Capital Region Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) program, the Watercraft Inspection Steward Program (WISP) provides public education and outreach at boat launches regarding statewide Clean, Drain, Dry practices in order to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
On a full-time, temporary basis, the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Watercraft Steward Supervisor is responsible for supervising the day-to-day activities of AIS Watercraft Lead Stewarts and Stewards. In addition, this position performs the responsibilities of an AIS Watercraft Steward or Lead Steward as needed or assigned.
This position works independently and travels frequently between various boat launch locations throughout the Capital Region PRISM region (including Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Green, Herkimer, Montgomery, Orange, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Ulster, Washington, and Westchester counties).
Seasonal Employment & Work Schedule
This position works on a full-time, seasonal (temporary) basis from April 12, 2021 through September 17, 2021, subject to change based on Association needs. Work schedules are typically Thursday-Monday, including holidays, from 7:00 am - 3:30 pm, though schedules may also vary depending on program needs.
Bachelor's degree. Associates degree plus two years transferable or program experience may substitute for a Bachelor's degree.
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Ability to work a full-time schedule, Thursday through Monday, including weekends and holidays.
Ability to meet frequent 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.
Program Skills: Strong understanding of AIS identification, threats, and prevention measures. Ability to review and interpret data. 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 supervisors, staff, recreational boaters, anglers, other park patrons, employees and others.
Computer Skills: Experience with internet, email, and computer-based software such as GIS, and Microsoft Word and Excel. Prior experience or ability to learn how to use a tablet (used for WISPA data collection).
Management Skills: Ability to provide supervision to Lead Watercraft Steward and Watercraft Stewards, providing programmatic guidance and serving as an effective role model and coach.
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 is spilt between a typical office setting and outdoor weather conditions including exposure to the sun, extreme heat, wind, water, precipitation and cold. This position 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 and removals (i.e., rake toss), and assist staff, affiliated invasive species crews, interns, and partners with invasive species removal efforts.
Degree in natural resources or related field preferred.
Watercraft steward experience preferred.
Supervisory experience preferred.
Working knowledge of ARC GIS applications.
Program Delivery - 10%
Deliver existing education and outreach to the general public regarding standardized Clean, Drain, Dry practices and Aquatic Invasive Species.
Demonstrates proper AIS preventative boat cleaning and launching techniques.
Visually inspect boats for aquatic invasive species.
Provide handouts and educational materials to the public provided by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
Serve as subject matter resource for AIS programs. Provide standard responses.
Interact with program participants (recreational boaters, anglers, other park patrons, and others) as part of program delivery.
Foster acceptance of the AIS programs, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Represent the Capital Region PRISM and CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery.
Applied Research - 5%
Collect and process AIS samples.
Identify unknown species during WISPA data review.
Management - 45%
Maintain daily communication and provide day-to-day supervision to Lead Watercraft Stewards and when needed, Watercraft Stewards.
Ensure all assigned staff complete their assigned responsibilities through communication and site visits.
Complete weekly rotating site checks to ensure proper staff attendance, job performance, and program delivery.
Manage weekly/monthly schedules based on launch traffic and coverage requirements for all Lead Stewards and Watercraft Stewards.
Complete weekly reviews and edits of WISPA data uploads.
Draft incident and injury reports and submit to AIS Coordinator for final review.
Assist in solving problems and reporting conflicts that arise in the program.
Provide verbal coaching for staff attendance, job performance, and misconduct issues. Notifies supervisors of the same for feedback and support. Under the guidance of the supervisors, may draft disciplinary and corrective action notices for staff. Quickly escalates staff performance or misconduct issues as needed.
Coordination/Operation - 35%
Maintain regular communication with AIS Coordinator including bi-weekly meetings.
Provide monthly program updates and reports to AIS Coordinator. Tabulate, compile and manipulate collected WISPA data for program reporting purposes and for recommended treatment and control areas.
Assist with orientation and training all Stewards on aquatic invasive species identification and the data collection methods via WISPA and the tablets.
Prepare and submit weekly staff schedule and attendance reports to AIS Coordinator (e.g. schedule changes, late arrivals, early end times, etc.).
Report all program supply and equipment needs to AIS Coordinator.
Coordinate collection and delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Lead and Watercraft Stewards, as needed.
Print/copy and distribute AIS materials/handouts to all Stewards.
Maintain WISP tools and equipment.
Effectively maintain existing relationships with volunteers, program participants, outside organizations, and others to help ensure robust and sustained program participation.
Use rake to remove aquatic plant material from boat ramp at launch sites.
Use tablet to upload WISPA survey data.
Submit monthly mileage records and expense vouchers.
Assist with Education and Outreach events such as Invasive Species Awareness Week, when needed.
On a frequent basis transports self and program materials to boat launch sites to effectively provide program guidance to Lead and Watercraft Stewards.
On a frequent basis lifts, moves and/or transports AIS program materials, AIS rakes, aquatic plant and animal materials, small watercraft, etc.
Under supervision, use small watercraft (kayak, canoe, etc.) to assist in aquatic sampling on a limited basis or conduct removals in community outreach events.
Provide information for preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, and others as necessary.
Serve as staff liaison to park staff, NYS staff, and others.
Professional Improvement - 5%
In cooperation with the supervisor, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions.
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Saratoga County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
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