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Great Lakes Commission position available: Invasive Species Program Specialist

Amos Ziegler

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Great Lakes Commission position available:
Invasive Species Program Specialist

Application deadline: February 26, 2016




The Great Lakes Commission has an immediate opening for a self-starting, highly motivated team player to work on Great Lakes aquatic invasive species (AIS) and habitat restoration projects. This position reports to project managers and program directors and will assist in managing the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative and other invasive species and habitat- related projects. The incumbent must be an excellent communicator with a background in natural resources or a related field. Tasks will include project planning and implementation, communications and outreach to a diverse audience through social media, presentations and written documents; meeting planning, coordination and facilitation; assisting with development of policy and research reports on AIS and habitat issues, and other related work.

The Great Lakes Commission offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and optical insurance. The Commission also has an outstanding retirement program.

The Invasive Species Program Specialist will assist with project management; communication, coordination, facilitation and planning efforts; program development; and research and policy development to support the Commission’s Great Lakes aquatic invasive species and habitat restoration programs.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Assist with management of the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative and related projects and programs;
  • Develop content for and assist in maintenance of www.greatlakesphragmites.net and related social media;
  • Assist in the development of communications, outreach programs and tools related to invasive species and habitat restoration programs, resources and opportunities;
  • Provide outreach via written and verbal communications to diverse partner groups;
  • Promote communication, coordination, partnerships and technology transfer between federal, state, and local partners in the public and private sectors;
  • Assist with project coordination, meeting planning and facilitation; and
  • Prepare detailed guidance and papers on AIS policy and issues.


The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator and planner with an aptitude for leadership and critical thinking, a solid background in natural resources management, and knowledge of Great Lakes restoration issues. Strong written and verbal communications skills are a must, including the ability to translate complex science or legal information to policymakers and the public. Knowledge of or experience with non-native Phragmites and other aquatic invasive species is strongly preferred. Experience communicating with different audiences (e.g., public, scientific, and policy) and interest in collaborating with and coordinating diverse stakeholder groups is required. Also desired is experience planning and conducting meetings, providing committee support and supporting strategic planning for the Commission’s continued work in this area. Familiarity with social media, desktop publishing and internet applications is a plus.

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in natural resources management, biology, ecology, environmental science or policy, or a related field, and three years of experience; or a bachelor’s degree and five years of equivalent experience
  • Knowledge aquatic invasive species prevention and management
  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and writing)
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office Suite and WordPress
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to plan and facilitate meetings
  • Team player, interested in working collaboratively with both Commission staff and project partners
  • Self-motivated, energetic, critical thinker
  • Familiarity with web-conferencing/remote meeting technology and social media


Preferred qualifications

  • Familiarity with group facilitation and strategic planning
  • Experience writing grant proposals and supporting program development efforts


Work Environment/Physical Demands
The majority of work is performed in a general office setting with no unusual workplace demands. The incumbent needs to be able to work in a fast-paced, time-sensitive, sometimes stressful environment, requiring significant time management skills to complete assignments and meet deadlines. Some travel will be required.

Applying for this position 
The requirements for this application include a cover letter, resume, three references, a short writing sample and salary history. Please note: All of these items must be provided if applicant is to receive consideration.

Application Deadline: February 26, 2016
Please submit your application by mail or e-mail to the following address:

Great Lakes Commission
ATTN. Matt Doss, Policy Director

Eisenhower Corporate Park
2805 S. Industrial Highway, Suite 100
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-6791
Email: mdoss@glc.org
No phone calls, please


About the Great Lakes Commission

The Great Lakes Commission was established in 1955 with a mandate to “promote the orderly, integrated and comprehensive development, use and conservation of the water resources of the Great Lakes basin.” Founded in state law with U.S. federal consent, with membership consisting of the eight Great Lakes states and associate member status for the provinces of Ontario and Québec, the Commission pursues four primary functions: communication and education, information integration and reporting, facilitation and consensus building, and policy coordination and advocacy. Each Member jurisdiction is represented by a delegation consisting of three to five members who are appointees of the respective governor or premier, legislators or senior agency officials. A board of directors, consisting of the chair of each delegation, is the Commission’s executive body. In carrying out its initiatives, the Commission works in close cooperation with many partner organizations, including U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, binational institutions, tribal/First Nation governments and other regional interests. Representatives appointed by partner entities participate extensively in Commission activities through a formal Observer program. The Commission is supported by a professional staff in Ann Arbor, Mich. Learn more at www.glc.org.


Note: The Great Lakes Commission, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination. It is the policy of the Great Lakes Commission that no person shall be discriminated against, as an employee or applicant for employment, because of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, height, weight, sexual orientation, marital status, partisan considerations or a disability or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position.



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