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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. Deadline extended again! April 1 or until filled. Interviews begin March 9.
  6. 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
  7. Deadline Extended! Apply by February 29 for these positions.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. (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.
  11. 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
  12. Thanks for coordinating and promoting the Mobile Boat Wash events, McKenzi!
  13. 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!
  14. I just shared this on the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership's social media (FB/Twitter). Hope you get a great turnout!
  15. 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). Vi
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