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  1. 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 t
  2. 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
  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. The position will also play a supporting role in RIPPLE (Reduce Invasive Pet and Plant Escapes), the stat
  4. 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 l
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. Deadline extended again! April 1 or until filled. Interviews begin March 9.
  8. 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 bo
  9. Deadline Extended! Apply by February 29 for these positions.
  10. 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-chairi
  11. 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 angle
  12. (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.
  13. 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
  14. Thanks for coordinating and promoting the Mobile Boat Wash events, McKenzi!
  15. 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!
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