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State of Montana AIS Watercraft Inspector in St. Regis, Montana

/THEOUTSIDEIS IN US ALL./ This position is open until filled. The first review of applications will be February 9, 2024.Please submit the following required documents on the State of Montana Careers website: * Resume When submitting the required documents, you must check the “relevant document” box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application for this position.Documents not requested will be not considered in the recruitment process. Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental, and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick, and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association). A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation. Women and minorities are under-represented in the job category and are encouraged to apply. * * * * Special Information: The Fisheries Division develops programs and budgets to manage for aquatic resources. The Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Bureau is managed and coordinated by staff within the Department headquarters. Implementation of programs are accomplished by the respective AIS coordinators. The AIS Watercraft Inspector position assists the AIS Area Supervisors, the AIS Prevention Specialist and the AIS Prevention Coordinator in carrying out specified inspector duties and tasks at watercraft inspection stations to prevent the movement of AIS and educate the public on AIS and best prevention practices. This position runs from late April through mid-September, with mandatory training in April. Hours of site operation will vary with length of daylight. Schedules will vary and include weekends, evenings, and holidays. Transportation to the watercraft inspection station may be provided via a department owned vehicle, or applicants may be responsible for transportation to the watercraft inspection station. The watercraft inspection station is located at the Drexel exit on 190 East Bound, Exit 25. Mandatory training will be held on April 16th and 17th. Station Opening Date: 4/27/2024 Job Duties: Must have excellent customer service skills and enjoy working with the public. Must be responsible, dependable, work as part of a team, and follow protocols and direction given by supervisor. Responsible for communicating outreach to the public and educating on the importance of AIS and inspection stations to protect Montana waters. Applicants should be able to communicate effectively, work independently and self-motivate, but also collaboratively as a team member. Must conduct themselves professionally with the public, co­workers, and supervisor in high emotion situations. Must be able to follow protocol and procedures for various conditions and all watercraft types. Position requires working for long periods in various extreme weather conditions. Responsible for conducting efficient interviews, inspections and decontaminations. Expected to troubleshoot and problem solve issues with mechanics, data tablets, and basic station operations. Expected to maintain a professional demeanor and use critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Applicants are required to be on time and present for all scheduled shifts, submit their time for payroll, and are responsible for the organization of their stations. Use common sense regarding safely operating machinery, driving state vehicles, and conducting daily operations. Using different inspection/decontamination practices for containment of positive and suspect waterbodies, the incumbent performs inspections and decontaminations on various types of watercrafts. This includes removing drain plugs, draining, and drying compartments, and flushing boat motors, ballast tanks, etc. Performs surveys of the public to assess risk of AIS transport and provides education and documentation to increase best AIS prevention practices. Must be able to approach occasionally heated situations in a calm manner, deescalate situations as able, and follow training and protocols to resolve issues. Assists with the set up and take down of the inspection station daily. This includes the placement of roadway signs and activation of electronic reader boards, and set up of traffic cones, shelter, and other gear. Trailering of decontamination equipment, water haulers, and other equipment is also required. Physical and Environmental Demands: Working conditions involve outdoor work, often in inclement weather. Watercraft inspection stations are often located in remote locations without access to amenities. Inspectors are responsible for supplying both food and water daily in most locations, as well as proper attire for the weather. Work requires periodic exposure to hazardous materials, dust and fumes and equipment exhaust and high noise levels while performing decontaminations and repair and maintenance work. Work requires constant interaction with the public as a representative of the state of Montana, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Requires availability to work weekends, evenings, some holidays; as well as working long hours outdoors. Applicants will be expected to sit, bend, stoop, crawl, climb, and move up to 75 pounds. This position will often work with little supervision. Able to have constant contact with the public, co-workers, and supervisory staff. Must have valid driver's license. The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: This position works with a variety of individuals, partners, and agencies, of varying backgrounds and is expected to build strong relationships and provide excellent customer service to the public. Knowledge of and experience with computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and data storage. This position requires good organizational, documenting, time management skills, and a self-motivated individual. Ability to operate and conduct maintenance on light duty pressure washers, water pumps, and other station equipment is preferred. Knowledge of watercraft and watercraft components is ideal. As well as the ability to learn and implement protocols, follow inspection and decontamination instructions, and troubleshoot technical issues. Effective communication skills are necessary in dealing with peers, supervisors, other members of the department and the public. Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): The knowledge, skills and abilities of this position are normally attained through a high school diploma or equivalency. Must have a valid driver’s license. Preference is given to those candidates who can commit to working the entire season.* Title: *AIS Watercraft Inspector Location: St. Regis Requisition ID: 24140321 Other Locations: Missoula, Plains