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The Invasive Species Seasonal Crew Leader and Crew Members (2) work with the Coordinator to implement the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant, which funds the position. Primary responsibilities working with partner organizations to control terrestrial invasive plants throughout the region, working with private land owners, and engaging volunteers. Pay: $10-12/hr (crew), $12-14/hr (leader) Deadline: 8am Monday, February 5 Visit ISN's website for application instructions and to view the full job postings.
At the last MISC Core Team meeting, it was brought up that some folks are having trouble getting their crews on board. ISN has overall had success with this, so I thought I'd start a thread to share tips & tricks. Hire early. As soon as you know you have the funding, think about the positions (seasonal? year-round?) you want to hire. For seasonals it's especially important to get your jobs out there early! ISN usually tries to post seasonal jobs by early March and complete hiring by the end of March to get the best candidates, even though they won't start on the job until May. The later we wait, the harder time we have filling our jobs. Year-round jobs are easier to post at any time, as there are always folks looking. Have a clear position description. There are LOTS of good ways to do this. I've uploaded an example position for your reference, but as long as you've got the important info on there (what they're doing, where they're working, requirements, and how much they get paid), you're probably good. The most important thing for ME is to make sure I know what I want them to do, and a clear position description helps with that. Post widely. Share your job openings with partners and on your own website and Facebook, but post at colleges and universities and on nationwide job boards too! ISN keeps a list, which I've uploaded for your reference. Many need a login (free) for a website and require plugging your position description into a form (annoying & time-consuming, but worth it!), while others just require an email. Some universities and colleges have started using a shared service which saves time. Use a "grading matrix" for interviews. Interviews can happen in a lot of different ways, so do what you like best, but ISN has found it really useful to use a "matrix" at the end of each interview. It helps quantify your thoughts as numbers and quick-reference notes to make it easier to narrow down decisions and hammer on the important details. It's especially useful when more than one person is involved in the interviews. I've uploaded an example interview template, including the matrix (on the last page), in case you want to use something like this. What works for you? How do you attract good candidates and make good decisions?
The Invasive Species Network Survey Technicians (2 positions) work with the Coordinator to implement the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant, which funds the position. Primary responsibilities include working as a team to survey natural areas, roadsides, and waterways in 4 counties for invasive plants. Other duties include creating maps, working with private land owners, and engaging volunteers.Read the full job posting for application instructionsApplication Deadline: 5pm Eastern, March 3, 2017
ISN's 2016 Job Opportunities are in! This is a cross-post from the General Discussion board. We'll be hiring 8 people in a variety of positions, and we need you to help us spread the word! You can find all this information on our website. Full-time: Habitat Management Specialist, who will coordinate some major control efforts as well as keeping their boots dirty (of course they'll be cleaned between sites!) with treatment. Part-time: Outreach Assistant, who will assist local municipalities with invasive species issues and help with ISN's outreach in general. Seasonal: Survey Technicians (2), who will work together to survey throughout the four-county region for invasive plants. Seasonal: Crew Leader, who will lead a crew of three others and coordinate with partners to control invasive species throughout the four-county region. Seasonal: Crew Members (3), who will work together to control invasive species throughout the four-county region. Deadline for the seasonal positions is March 1. Deadline for the full-time and part-time positions is March 8.