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  1. Hi Jacklyn! Of course I remember you from LSLI. If you use this link (from the very top of my original post - easy to miss, I think!), it will take you to the WDNR jobs site and you will see the "Apply" button. https://wj.wi.gov/psc/wisjobs/CAREERS/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Action=U&Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&SiteID=1&FOCUS=Applicant&JobOpeningId=2256&PostingSeq=1
  2. Complete job posting The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks is recruiting to fill an Organisms in Trade Coordinator (Conservation Biologist – Advanced) vacancy. Office location will be determined based on program needs, applicant preference, and office space availability at the time of hire. This is a project position, with an anticipated end date of December 31, 2023. Position Summary The Organisms in Trade (OIT) Coordinator is responsible for the coordination, development, and implementation of our statewide efforts to stop the introduction of new invasive species through commerce and trade into Wisconsin. This person is a member of the Department Invasive Species Team (DIST) and serves as a Central Office consultant and coordinator for the department's statewide invasive species rule (NR 40) training and outreach program for plant nurseries, aquatic plant retailers, pet dealers, plant and seed wholesalers, horticulture, and similar industries as part of a federally funded grant project. Working closely with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the WDNR Department Invasive Species Team (DIST), this position conducts outreach efforts through presentations and written communication, and will focus on groups such as the Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Federation, private nurseries, garden centers, seed producers, bait dealers, pet/aquarium industries, online and out of state vendors and wholesalers, farmers markets, craft stores, botanical gardens, arboretums, master gardener groups, and universities to prevent NR 40 regulated species from being sold and introduced into the state. For a detailed position description, click here. Salary Information Starting pay is $31 - $36 per hour ($64,480 - $74,880 annually).
  3. Exciting update - We're keeping enrollment in the Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch open all summer. Lakes can sign up any time through August. The training video is available online, and once you're enrolled, you can dive right into surveying and reporting invasive species in Michigan lakes. Cheers, Jo
  4. Hi everyone! I'm excited to announce a change to the MiCorps Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch, which is part of the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program. In the past, participants in the Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch, who learn to survey lakes for invasive plants in Michigan, were required to collect other water quality data regularly on the lake(s) they surveyed. We recognized that was a hurdle for some potential participants (both individuals and organizations), who were interested in invasive species but did not have the time or interest to collect water quality data too. Starting this year, there are no such requirements. The program is open to all, so if you or your organization is interested in monitoring invasives in one or more Michigan lakes, this is a great opportunity. The training has been recorded and is available online, and we'll answer your questions, provide support, confirm your identifications, and incorporate your finds into the MiCorps database and MISIN. Enrollment is over May 10, so act now. It's $30/lake to join. https://micorps.net/lake-monitoring/become-a-volunteer/ Cheers, Jo
  5. Two seasonal positions (one Crew Leader, one Crew Member) running MSU's Mobile Boat Wash program. Spend the summer traveling statewide, helping boaters learn how to stop AIS! Great outreach and science communication experience. We'll also be collecting data on boater behavior to inform research and future outreach. Please help us spread the word! Accepting applications until 4/15 or until filled. Details: https://www.jolatimore.com/opportunities
  6. 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. The position will also play a supporting role in RIPPLE (Reduce Invasive Pet and Plant Escapes), the statewide outreach campaign to prevent introductions from the aquarium and water garden trades and hobbies. This is a statewide assignment. I'm co-chairing the search, so please reach out to me with any questions, and help us spread the word! Applications are due March 31, 2021. See the attached flyer and the full posting for details. We're excited to add a new member to our MSU Extension team! (In case this looks familiar - we posted almost the same position a year ago, but we were unable to fill it due to budget concerns surrounding the pandemic.) All the best, Jo AIS Prevention Educator Vacancy.pdf
  7. Hi Alyssa! The Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch offered through the MiCorps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program is one option for initiating monitoring in your service area (I know we've had a little email correspondence about this already). We provide a monitoring and reporting protocol, training in species ID and survey methods, and season-long support to participants. There's a small per-lake enrollment fee (I expect it will be $30). Also, starting in 2021, we will no longer require enrolled lakes to also enroll in the Secchi disk transparency monitoring program, which requires biweekly lake visits all summer long - this has been a barrier for CISMA participation in the past. Others could talk more about control than I could, but I know hand-pulling is commonly used since EFB is not rooted. -Jo
  8. The Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership is seeking proposals for its 2021 funding cycle. If your project benefits fish in Michigan's inland lakes, it could be eligible! Proposals are due October 16, 2020. (**note - the funding rate for this program is very high - it's a relatively unknown program so we don't get a lot of applications) The FishAmerica Foundation requests proposals for projects designed to improve sport fish populations, aquatic habitat, or water quality. Proposals are due August 31 so time is of the essence on this one!
  9. We're now scheduling events for the 2020 season. Want to partner? Check out the details here! https://www.michigan.gov/documents/invasives/Boat_wash_flyer_2017_554286_7.pdf We offer this free program from June 1 to mid-August.
  10. Deadline extended again! April 1 or until filled. Interviews begin March 9.
  11. 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
  12. Deadline Extended! Apply by February 29 for these positions.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. (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.
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