Job Opening: Invasive Aquatic Species Director

Invasive Aquatic Species (IAS) Director Job Description

Lake Stewards of Maine Overview

Lake Stewards of Maine (LSM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the collection of information pertaining to lake water quality. For over 50 years, trained volunteers throughout Maine have donated their time so that we may all learn more about one of Maine’s most beautiful and important resources – our lakes. 

LSM trains, certifies, and provides technical support to hundreds of volunteers every year. These volunteers monitor a wide range of indicators for water quality, assess watershed health and function, and screen lakes for invasive aquatic plants and animals. LSM, through our robust community science network, is the primary source of lake data in the State of Maine. LSM volunteers benefit their local lakes and broader communities by playing key stewardship and leadership roles.

LSM has more than 1,200 active volunteers monitoring more than 525 lakes statewide. We have been nationally recognized for efficiency and effectiveness in training and supporting citizen lake monitors. LSM partners closely with Maine institutions and provide data gathered directly to these partners and to the general public through the Lakes of Maine website www.lakesofmaine.org. To learn more about our organization, visit our Lake Stewards of Maine website www.lakestewardsofmaine.org.

 

Invasive Aquatic Species Program Overview

LSM’s Invasive Aquatic Species (IAS) program has had an integral role over the last 20 years in helping to build the statewide program to prevent, detect and control invasive aquatic species. The IAS program is dedicated to educating, training, empowering, and supporting volunteers in protecting Maine lakes from invasive aquatic organisms. Since the first Invasive Plant Patrol workshop in 2002, LSM has trained and continues to train thousands of individuals to screen Maine waters for aquatic invaders, provides technical and plant identification support, and collaborates with other organizations to address the threat of invasive aquatic species in Maine.

 

Invasive Aquatic Species (IAS) Program Director Job Requirements and Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s in a field related to botany, ecology, limnology, biology, environmental sciences, wetland sciences, etc.
  • Extensive background in Plant Taxonomy, preferably aquatic
  • Microsoft Office proficiency
  • Google Suite proficiency
  • Experience writing successful grant proposals preferred
  • Effective public speaker, including experience in presenting scientific content
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Willingness to be trained in Boater Safety, Wilderness First Aid
  • Ability to operate watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, and trailered motorized boats, or willingness to acquire these skills.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge (in breadth and depth of work) of Maine’s invasive aquatic plants
  • Extensive knowledge (in breadth and depth of work) of Maine’s native aquatic plants
  • Experience with state government RFPs and grant administration
  • Program management, including budgetary and accounting experience
  • Experience coordinating large groups of volunteers
  • Experience with field surveys and geospatial data collection and management
  • Strong interpersonal skills and leadership qualities, including experience communicating orally and in writing to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Ability to chair and facilitate committee meetings and work groups
  • Open-mindedness and a willingness to learn and be mentored
  • Information and database management and coordination

 
Invasive Aquatic Species (IAS) Director Job Description:

The IAS Program Director is responsible for: 

  • The management, development, and administration of the IAS program 
  • IAS data collection, Quality Assurance, and the development and integrity of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • The recruiting,  training, certification, and retention of Invasive Plant Patrollers, including a specialized IPP “Jumpstart” team.

The IAS Director will also be expected to be the primary species identification specialist for the program, focusing mainly on aquatic and wetland plants but also some other aquatic organisms. They will be the point person for coordinating, with the Maine DEP, LSM volunteers, and local lake and watershed organizations in responding to new aquatic plant infestations.

The IAS Director is in charge of the maintenance of the LSM Field Guide to Aquatic Phenomena, the Pixie Williams Herbarium, IAS program budgeting, public information and outreach, and coordination and supervision of IAS staff and interns. The IAS Director will be LSM’s chief spokesperson on Invasive Aquatic Species and public voice in multiple settings. The work requires regular communication and coordination with lake associations and individuals throughout Maine. Statewide travel is expected. Travel and some non-standard hours are a required part of the position.

 

Salary & Benefits

Salary

Salary commensurate with education and experience

Benefits

Paid vacation, sick pay, and holidays

Employer paid health insurance for the employee

Retirement benefits

Income Protection Plan (short-term disability)

Partial in-state remote; semi-flexible schedule

 

Submission Requirements

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript, and have 3 references available upon request. Submissions should be sent to christine@lakestewardsme.org by November 29th, 2022 and files should include the applicant’s last name and first initial. Resume review will begin on November 30th. For any questions, please reach out to christine@lakestewardsme.org or call 207-783-7733.

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