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  1. 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.
  2. Deadline extended again! April 1 or until filled. Interviews begin March 9.
  3. 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
  4. Deadline Extended! Apply by February 29 for these positions.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. (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.
  8. 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
  9. Thanks for coordinating and promoting the Mobile Boat Wash events, McKenzi!
  10. 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!
  11. I just shared this on the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership's social media (FB/Twitter). Hope you get a great turnout!
  12. 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.
  13. 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/
  14. 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...)
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Hi everyone, We still have some dates available for bringing one of the MSU/DEQ Mobile Boat Wash units to your area! The units and crews of 2 trained MSU students are available at no cost to provide free boat washes, aquatic invasive species information and handouts to boaters *ANYWHERE* in Michigan. Learn more here. You can contact me directly to set something up: latimor1@msu.edu, 517-432-1491. The last date for events is August 13. -Jo
  18. You may be interested in this free webinar, open to all, highlighting citizen programs for aquatic invasive species prevention and monitoring in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. I'll be speaking briefly about the development of Michigan's inland lake Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch. January 18, 2017 - 3-4 pm Eastern. More information and registration here.
  19. Hi everyone, I wanted to reiterate the various resources, programs, and support that are available for aquatic invasive species efforts in Michigan. I mentioned many of these programs at the MISC conference earlier this month. There are certainly more, I'm sure - feel free to mention other resources in a reply! The Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch, part of the volunteer Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program, engages volunteers in surveying for invasives in inland lakes. About 80 lakes have participated since the program began. The EAPW represents an excellent opportunity to partner with lakefront property owners for EDRR. This video describes the program and provides identification guidance for four target species: Eurasian watermilfoil, starry stonewort, Hydrilla, and curly-leaf pondweed. EAPW volunteers also survey for Michigan watch list species. I can help connect CISMAs and other organizations with volunteers on lakes in your service area if you are interested in collaboration. Anyone - not just lakefront property owners - can participate in the program. A key resource for that program is "A Michigan Boater's Guide to Selected Invasive Aquatic Plants" from MSU Extension. It's available as a free PDF download, or for purchase online ($10; MSU Extension county staff may be able to provide a quantity discount). RIPPLE (Reduce Invasive Pet and PLant Escapes) outreach materials are available at no cost for preventing the release of aquatic plants and animals from water gardens, ponds, and aquariums. Orders can be placed online using this form. The Mobile Boat Wash program offered by MSU in cooperation with DEQ and the US Forest Service will again be available in summer 2017, at no cost to local hosts. Contact me if you would like to schedule this aquatic invasive species outreach program for boaters in your service area. Beth Clawson of MSU Extension oversees the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program, a train-the-trainer program for empowering local volunteers to conduct their own boater education to stop aquatic hitchhikers. Finally, the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership is looking for input on how we can help CISMAs address aquatic invasive species. I'm the facilitator - so feel free to contact me with ideas or questions. Please reply here or contact me directly with any questions or ideas. -Jo latimor1@msu.edu 517-432-1491
  20. MSU Extension Extension Educator – Michigan Sea Grant – Saginaw/Bay area Position Overview Michigan Sea Grant, a cooperative program of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, helps to foster economic growth and conserve Michigan's coastal and Great Lakes resources through education, research, and outreach. Sea Grant Extension educators are involved in planning, organizing, and implementing university-based educational programs that apply knowledge and understanding gained through research, and are members of the MSU Extension Greening Michigan Institute. Extension educators support Great Lakes stakeholders with information and tools to make informed decisions to conserve and enhance Michigan's coastal and Great Lakes resources and communities. Michigan Sea Grant Extension seeks to hire an Extension Educator, to be part of a collaborative team and provide overall leadership for the Saginaw Bay region, and sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues in other parts of the state, Great Lakes region and nation. This person will collaborate with other partners to support activities related to the conservation of Saginaw Bay coastal wetlands and nearshore habitats for water quality and fish and wildlife populations and a vibrant coastal economy. Also, the educator will engage in applied research and Sea Grant Extension activities that contribute to the sustainability of Lake Huron and its coastal communities. Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to): · Enhance the stewardship of freshwater coastal wetlands, water quality, fish, wildlife, and nearshore habitats within Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron, and the Great Lakes Ecosystem by working with natural resources agencies and other stakeholders to identify informational gaps and work to develop, conduct, and evaluate education and outreach; · Build and maintain a network of contacts interested in natural resource issues related to land-water interactions and facilitate better communication and interactions between stakeholders, including working with a variety of stakeholder groups that often have competing visions for the region, and pursuing additional resources that supplement Sea Grant/MSU Extension programming support; · Collaborate with coastal communities and other interested stakeholders on community planning, watershed management, and coastal community resiliency to promote best practices; · Additional responsibilities outlined in position announcement, please see the Application Process below, for further information regarding the posting. Qualifications · Master's degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to freshwater coastal wetlands, fisheries or wildlife ecology, water quality, land use, planning, natural resources, or related field must be earned by date of hire; · 3-years’ experience in Extension program delivery or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred); · Proven ability to create and carry-out a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up; · Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs; · Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; · Experience and proven ability working productively with a team; Application Process Applicants should include the names and contact information (including email addresses) of four professional references with the cover letter. Parties interested in this position should go to www.jobs.msu.edu and search for posting number 4076. Application deadline, open until filled. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.
  21. Hello everyone, MSU has two Mobile Boat Wash units with trained crews that are available for boater education events statewide this summer - for free. If you are interested in partnering on a boater education event in your area this summer, please contact me for more details, including available dates. Our season runs through mid-August. I've attached a flyer with more information. This program is in its third year, and represents a successful partnership between MSU, DEQ, and the US Forest Service. So far, we've washed hundreds of boats and talked with thousands of boaters and anglers about aquatic invasive species, answered questions, and demonstrated good cleaning practices. Happy summer! Jo Boat wash flyer 2016_FINAL.pdf
  22. Sharing on behalf of the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly: AIS Education Coordinator – The Muskegon River Watershed Assembly is seeking an independent contractor to lead Aquatic Invasive Species Education and operate boat pressure washer, for April-Sept. 2016, maximum 520 hours @ $15/hr. Must be motivated/dependable. Responsible for aquatic invasive species (AIS) activities in the Roscommon Co. area. Coordinator will recruit, train and organize volunteers in operating portable boat washing equipment, conduct education/outreach. Requires a reliable truck large enough to tow wash equipment. Preferably with trailer brake. For information, contact the MRWA at chambj16@ferris.edu . Email resume/references. MRWA is an EEO employer. http://mrwa.org/2016/04/wanted-aquatic-invasive-species-education-coordinator/
  23. Did you know that Michigan has a statewide, volunteer aquatic invasive plant monitoring program for inland lakes? The Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch is a component of the MiCorps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program. The DEQ recently released this video (co-starring me - yikes!) that describes the program, gives identification tips for focus species, and provides an overview of the mapping and reporting process. We're looking forward to integrating with MISIN in the coming months. I'd be happy to provide more information on the program for anyone who is interested.
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