Lake Champlain Stewards

  • Burlington, VT, USA
Intern Communications Education Entry Level Nonprofit Science

Job Description

NEIWPCC and the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) are seeking stewards to deliver interpretive invasive species spread prevention messages to boaters on Lake Champlain and inspect and decontaminate vessels, and to assist the LCBP Education and Outreach team on a variety of projects. Multiple positions are available throughout the summer of 2022, beginning mid-May through September.

We are seeking multiple Boat Launch Stewards who will be trained to greet visitors to Lake Champlain and familiarize the public with aquatic invasive species information, enter lake-user information on mobile tablets, and inspect watercraft, trailers, and recreational equipment for aquatic organisms. Stewards will also be trained to conduct hot water high pressure decontaminations as needed and to set up, operate, break down, and properly store the decontamination units. Stewards will be required to work eight-hour days for approximately forty hours per week Thursday through Monday and holidays at select boat launches around Lake Champlain from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend; weekend work is required. Time off by prior arrangement can be accommodated. Successful candidates will be organized and have excellent communication skills, experience speaking with the public, demonstrated data collection and recording, familiarity with invasive species, and field work experience. Candidates will be comfortable working in the field and have the physical capability to inspect trailered watercraft. Experience operating watercraft and /or motorized equipment and basic familiarity with boaters, anglers, and recreational equipment will be useful.

We are seeking one Education and Outreach Steward who will expand outreach programming to State parks, summer camps, lake and river events, upper reaches of the watershed and downtown locations to answer questions about Lake Champlain and offer opportunities for citizen action. The LCBP Outreach Steward should be able to discuss a variety of watershed issues with the public and provide resources for getting involved or changing behavior to benefit the watershed. The successful candidate will have solid communication skills along with attention to detail. Coursework or demonstrated passionate interest in Lake Champlain and watershed issues covered in the 2021 State of the Lake report desired. The ability to interact positively with the public at informal outreach events and in the LCBP Resource Room required. Photography skills a plus. Completion of at least junior year of college recommended.

Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and COVID-19 vaccination required for both positions.

Full position descriptions may be viewed at

To apply, send a resume and a cover letter including a description of relevant experience to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a first round of candidates expected to be reviewed by January 26, 2022. The posting will remain open until all positions are filled. Candidates will be considered for both positions unless preferred position is specified by the applicant.

For more information about the Lake Champlain Basin Program, visit For more information about NEIWPCC, visit

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