Watercraft Steward
The Finger Lakes Institute


The Watercraft Stewards will be responsible for public outreach and education on slowing and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Under the supervision of Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges staff, Watercraft Stewards will offer watercraft inspections to boaters at public launches and provide boaters with information about aquatic invasive species and protocol for preventing their spread. Watercraft inspections entail removing plants and other organic material from boats and trailers and identifying aquatic invasive species. Watercraft Stewards will collect daily data from their interactions with boaters using tablets and electronic data-entry software. Weekly progress reports and data entry will be required that summarize this information. Training will be provided.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Conduct public education and outreach programs regarding the significance of New York's aquatic ecosystems and the threat of the spread of invasive species at watercraft launch sites.
  2. Disseminate educational information, press releases, and other materials as requested.
  3. Perform watercraft inspections, collect data from inspections, and enter data electronically.
  4. Participate in FLI-hosted service events such as invasive species pulls, beach cleanups, etc.
  5. Conduct boat decontaminations - additional training will be provided.
  6. Attend weekly meetings with FLI staff to discuss progress and data collected.


  1. Excellent interpersonal communication skills. Must have the ability to successfully and clearly present information and ideas to a diverse audience, and to react in a positive, proactive manner in confrontational circumstances.
  2. College students or recent graduates with experience in environmental education, natural resources management, biology, ecology, environmental studies/science, or a related field are encouraged to apply.
  3. Knowledge of aquatic invasive species and general ecology of the Great Lakes and Finger Lakes region is preferred.
  4. Ability to work independently and responsibly without direct supervision.
  5. Ability to accurately collect and summarize data according to established protocol using tablets.
  6. Valid Driver’s license. Must provide own transportation to work sites and meeting locations.
  7. Access to smart phone for timekeeping purposes.
  8. Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, long hours in the sun, and traveling if necessary.


This is a seasonal (summer), non-benefits-eligible position with a pay rate of $12.50 per hour.


Review of applications will begin May 15th and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and the names with contact information for at least three professional references to our application service, Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/50521.

If you have any questions about using Interfolio, please send to ferran@hws.edu.


Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living and working environment for all members of the HWS community, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and visitors. HWS prohibits discrimination and harassment in their programs and activities on the basis of age, color, disability, domestic violence victim status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected under the law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual misconduct including stalking and intimate partner violence, and gender-based harassment that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions.  The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,000, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.



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