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  1. MS Graduate Assistantship: Impediments to Behavioral Change by Boaters and Anglers to Minimize Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species Come study at MSU's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife with Drs. Dan Hayes, Meredith Gore, and me! We're collaborating with the DNR to study boater and angler awareness of AIS issues and decontamination practices, identify impediments to adopting positive behaviors, and identify strategies to improve the effectiveness of outreach. The graduate student involved with this project will take a leading role in developing and implementing surveys of anglers and boaters, analyzing data collected, and writing grant reports. The student will work with the project team of academic and Michigan Department of Natural Resources agency staff to develop and test outreach materials. The student will have responsibility for supervising at least one research assistant, and coordinating with other team members in data collection. Apply by April 15. Feel free to reach out with any questions, and please share widely! -Jo (latimor1@msu.edu, 517-432-1491) MS Graduate Assistantship Announcement.pdf
  2. Deadline Extended! Apply by February 29 for these positions.
  3. Hi everyone! MSU Extension is hiring for a brand-new, exciting position - a statewide AIS Prevention Educator! The position will work closely with EGLE and DNR to develop and implement outreach and research focused on the boating and angling pathways of AIS introduction and spread. This will include assuming leadership for the MSU Mobile Boat Wash Program, reinvigorating Michigan's Clean Boats, Clean Waters program, and developing your own outreach and research initiatives. This is a statewide assignment, housed in the Roscommon County MSU Extension office. I'm co-chairing the search, so please reach out to me with any questions, and help us spread the word! Applications are due February 27, 2020. See the attached flyer and the full posting for details. AIS Prevention Educator Vacancy.pdf
  4. Hi everyone! I'm hiring for FIVE temporary/summer positions at MSU: NEW Aquatic Invasive Species Research Technician: Support a one-year study at Higgins Lake. Comparison of the effectiveness of different boat cleaning stations in terms of cleaning effectiveness and boater interest and use. Summer 2020, with possibility for extension into fall. $13.50+/hr. depending on experience. MSU Mobile Boat Wash Crew: Hiring a Crew Leader ($15.50/hr) and 3 Crew Members ($13.50/hr). Mid-May through mid-August. Support statewide AIS prevention and education program aimed at boaters and anglers. Provide AIS education and work with local communities to provide free boat washing events at access sites statewide. Apply by Feb. 17. See the full postings and apply here.
  5. (16 Pesticide Applicator Credits available! Read on...) Learn about Michigan’s lakes online from MSU Extension The Michigan State University Extension Introduction to Lakes online course is being offered January 2020 and registration is now open! This nationally recognized six-week course is in a convenient self-paced online format and is designed for lake users, lakefront property owners, and professionals who want to improve their understanding of lakes and their protection and management. Over 500 people have participated in the class since it was first offered online in 2015. The online format allows you, from the comfort of your home or office, to have week-by-week, 24/7 access to six online units that are complete with video lectures, activities, resources, discussion forums, quizzes, and Ask-an-Expert webinar sessions with professionals from Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. The course covers lake ecology, lakes and their watersheds, shorelines, Michigan water law, aquatic plant management, and community involvement. The course schedule allows for regular online communication with classmates and course instructors. The 2020 course runs January 14 – March 13. The cost of the course is $115 per person. Registration is open through January 8, 2020. Everyone who completes the course will receive a free, one-year membership to Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations, including four issues of The Michigan Riparian magazine. Continuing Education Credits are also available including 16 Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification credits and credits in the Master Citizen Planner program, Master Gardener program, Conservation Stewards Program and the Wildlife Society’s Certified Wildlife Biologist program. For more details about the course and to register visit the MSU Extension Introduction to Lakes webpage at http://www.canr.msu.edu/lakesonline.
  6. Hi McKenzi! MDARD maintains a web page where you can find upcoming re-certification credit opportunities, here: http://www.mda.state.mi.us/schedule/schedule.html I hope that helps! -Jo
  7. Thanks for coordinating and promoting the Mobile Boat Wash events, McKenzi!
  8. Erick Elgin and I are are teaching an intensive 2-day Aquatic Plant Identification course at Kellogg Biological Station, August 7-8. We'll cover native and invasive aquatic plants, with time split between lab and field. Cost: $250. Limited to 20 people. Register by August 2. We hope you can join us!
  9. I just shared this on the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership's social media (FB/Twitter). Hope you get a great turnout!
  10. Michigan State University Extension seeks a Water Resources Educator. The successful candidate will dedicate 50% of their time to implementing and expanding Michigan's RIPPLE (Reduce Invasive Pet and Plant Escapes) program, which aims to prevent introductions of aquatic invasive species from the pet and pond trades (http://bit.ly/miripple). Additional responsibilities will include developing, conducting, and evaluating innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs with an emphasis on aquatic ecosystem protection and management. Location: Ingham County (Lansing area). Visit http://careers.msu.edu, search for posting number 585204. Application deadline: July 10. Master's degree required.
  11. MSU Extension invites you to join us in learning about lake ecology, protection, and management during our 6-week online course that begins January 22. The course uses a straightforward, easy-to-follow online format. You can participate at times that are convenient for you, from anywhere you have internet access. Participants typically spend 2-3 hours per week on the course. *There's LOTS of discussion about aquatic invasive species management in the course!* The enrollment fee is $115, and participants must register no later than January 8. A variety of continuing education credits are available, and anyone who completes the course is eligible for a free one-year membership in Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations, including four issues of The Michigan Riparian magazine. Check out the course website for full details. https://www.canr.msu.edu/introduction_to_lakes_online/
  12. Definitely a milfoil, and most likely native from what I can see here. Actually being able to see a single leaf sure would help, but the leaflet spacing that I can make out, as well as the general "stiffness" of the plant lead me to think native (as opposed to the invasive Eurasian). (I realize this is way late but since no one else had replied...)
  13. The Huron River Watershed Council seeks to fill one summer position. Intern will organize and lead aquatic invasive plant assessments of Oakland County lakes, working with local volunteers as part of the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program. May-September, $13-15/hour, 20-40 hours per week. Full details here.
  14. Four summer positions available at MSU! Aquatic invasive species primarily spread from one water body to another by “hitchhiking” on boats, trailers, and other equipment. Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan State University is leading a multi-year program to teach boaters how to reduce this risk by properly inspecting and cleaning their equipment. Position Description: Four positions are available to work alongside program partners from MSU, the Huron Manistee National Forest, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. You will have significant responsibility for the implementation of this outreach and education program. Full details here: http://latimore.fw.msu.edu/opportunities.htm. Application deadline - February 9.
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