Watercraft Steward Program Coordinator
The Finger Lakes Institute


Working under the supervision of Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) staff, Program Coordinators will be responsible for supervising the Finger Lakes Institute's Watercraft Stewards. Watercraft Stewards will offer watercraft inspections to boaters at public launches throughout the Finger Lakes region 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. Weekly progress reports and data entry will be required that summarize this information. Training will be provided. Specializations include: data management and analysis, AIS taxonomy.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Scheduling Watercraft Steward shifts.
  2. Providing on-call assistance to Watercraft Stewards during their shifts through phone calls and assistance at the boat launches.
  3. Ensuring that Watercraft Stewards have the proper supplies.
  4. Ensuring that Watercraft Stewards enter their field data correctly and in a timely manner.
  5. Regularly check in on Watercraft Stewards while on-duty at boat launches.
  6. 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.
  7. Disseminate educational information, press releases, and other materials as requested.
  8. Provide additional assistance and training to Watercraft Stewards as needed.
  9. Perform watercraft inspections when extra help is needed.
  10. Participate in FLI-hosted service events such as invasive species pulls, beach cleanups, etc.
  11. Attend and assist in organizing bi-weekly meetings with FLI staff.


  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. Familiarity with aquatic invasive species and the 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 supervise others, including managing schedules, communicating duties, and managing conflicts.
  6. Valid Driver’s license. Must provide own transportation to work sites and meeting locations.
  7. Ability to perform tasks requiring physical exertion, long hours in the sun, and traveling if necessary.
  8. Further specific skills required will be determined by specializations listed above.


This is a seasonal (summer), non-benefits-eligible position with a pay rate of $15.00 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/50518.

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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