AIS Educator and Watercraft Inspector
Minneapolis, MN 
Posted 27 days ago
Job Description
$16.00 Hourly
P7160, MN
Job Type
Part Time (Temporary)
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Job Number
Who We Are

Established in 1883, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) oversees a renowned urban park system spanning 6,809 acres of parkland and water. Featured among its 180 park properties are 55 miles of parkways, 102 miles of Grand Rounds biking and walking paths, 22 lakes, 12 formal gardens, 7 golf courses and 49 recreation centers. The MPRB is proud to provide services, programs and activities that meet the park and recreation needs of diverse communities and ensure race equity, gender inclusion and universal access. Altogether, MPRB properties receive about 26 million visitors annually, and employs approximately 617 full-time and 1,400 part-time and seasonal employees.

Park it here for an exciting career by joining the #1 urban park system in the United States as recognized by the Trust for Public Land in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking educators to work in our Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) education and watercraft inspection program. Educators will primarily work at Lake Harriet, Lake Nokomis and Bde Maka Ska. Assigned shifts and work locations will vary based on department needs. The position is temporary with an expected duration from approximately April through December 1st. Must be available for day, evening and weekend hours. Opening shifts start before dawn (as early as 5:45AM) to early afternoon and closing shifts start in the afternoon to after dusk (as late as 10:30PM), seven days per week. Hours/days vary throughout the season with most employees working up to 30 hours per week. Workload based on seasonal needs and hours of operation including days, nights, holidays and weekends. Regular attendance at work is expected. May work for prolonged periods of time outdoors and in all weather conditions. On-site shelters can be used during times of inclement weather. May be assigned to work individually or in pairs/teams.

In October and November, the number of available work hours is reduced and assigned based on need and skill level. Work assignments during this time will be combination of office and field work.
What You'll Do

  • Inspect watercraft and educate boaters as they enter and exit the lakes in the Minneapolis Parks.
  • Provide interactive AIS education for all ages at boat landings in Minneapolis Parks.
  • Conduct inspections, track interactions with boaters, and collect customer service information from the general public; log information on a mobile device. Mobile device also used for shift scheduling and communication with supervisory staff
  • Conduct AIS early detection boat launch surveys using in-water detection tools and equipment.
  • Open and close work station kiosks at beginning and end of shift, sometimes at dawn or dusk depending on time of year.
  • Follow protocol for notifying supervisor of concerns.
  • Assist MPRB in identifying and addressing the park and recreation needs of underserved and under-represented communities.
  • Other duties as assigned.
What To Bring

Need to Have:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Valid driver's license
  • Must attend DNR watercraft inspector certification course and pass exam within the first month after being hired.
  • Must have ability to travel between work locations.
Nice to Have:
  • Experience in environmental education preferred.
  • Previous customer service experience and/or working with public preferred.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in a language other than English preferred.
Skills Crucial to Success in This Role:
  • Interest in learning to identify Minnesota's aquatic invasive species.
  • Ability to properly operate tools necessary for the performance of duties including
    electronic devices.
  • Independent, self-motivated worker
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule (morning, day and evening) at various MPRB boat launches.
  • Excellent communications skills to communicate the importance for invasive species programs, policies, and actions.
  • Understand and follow supervisor directions, work rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Outstanding customer service principles and practices and standards for a diverse
    customer base.
Additional Information

FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Union Status: Non-represented

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Selection Process:
To apply for this temporary position, applicants must complete an online application with supplemental questions at . This position is open until filled.
What steps the selection process involves:

  • We review your minimum qualifications.
  • We conduct an interview.
  • References, including verification of employment and work performance, may be considered. Past performance and discipline may be considered.
  • We conduct a background check. Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, the applicant will be asked to sign an informed consent allowing the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to obtain their criminal history in connection with the positions sought. View the MPRB Background Check Policy
Please note that HR reserves the right to limit the number of people invited to successive testing events.
The MPRB is a tobacco-free workplace and park system.
The MPRB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is an equal opportunity employer.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Part Time
Salary and Benefits
$16.00 Hourly
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
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