Watercraft Steward (Seasonal/Temporary Position 2021)
Finger Lakes Institute


Summer Employment

Do you love the Finger Lakes? Get paid to help protect them!

Become a Watercraft Steward!

The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is hiring 26 Watercraft Stewards for Summer 2021

Locations: Public boat launches on Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco and Otisco Lakes and surrounding areas, and parts of the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario in Rochester, NY

Time: up to 40 hrs/week, May 15th through September 7th; possibility of part and full time through October 31st; must work weekends and holidays.

Job Description:

Watercraft Stewards are 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 boat inspections 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. Training will be provided. Locations for these positions include: public boat launches on Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco and Otisco Lakes and surrounding areas, and parts of the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario in Rochester, NY

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct public education and outreach regarding the significance of New York’s aquatic ecosystems and the threat of invasive species spreading at watercraft launch sites
  • Disseminate educational information, press releases, and other materials as requested
  • Perform watercraft inspections, collect data from inspections, and enter data electronically
  • Participate in FLI-hosted service events such as invasive species pulls, beach cleanups, etc.
  • Attend weekly meetings with FLI staff to discuss progress and data collected
  • Two-day training session May 19th and 20th at the Finger Lakes Institute


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

Application Instructions:

Other Information: This is a seasonal (summer), non-benefits-eligible position. Length of position assignments may vary based on availability.  Please supply cover letter and resume to the Interfolio http://apply.interfolio.com/85298  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with first review beginning mid-March. Applications may be reviewed, and interview processes may occur prior to deadline. Applicants should indicate preferred work locations in their cover letter. Background check required.

Please direct questions to Program Manager Sam Beck-Andersen: beck-andersen@hws.edu

If you have a question or need help on uploading your application materials, please contact Interfolio's support team at help@interfolio.com or call 1-877-997-8807 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. through 6 p.m., EST, Monday through Friday.


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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