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2016 Waterbury Reservoir Boat Access Greeter Program
Job Description & Application

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Title:        
Public Access Greeter

Time:      
May 28-Sept. 3 2016, flexible 8 hrs/week, mostly weekends and holidays 

Location:  
Waterbury Reservoir

About the Public Access Greeter Program:
Earlier this year, Friends of Waterbury Reservoir (FWR) received an Aquatic Nuisance Species Grant from the State of Vermont to establish a Public Access Greeter Program at the Waterbury Reservoir. The goal of the Greeter Program is to educate the public about the threat of aquatic nuisance species (like brittle naiad), to prevent the introduction of new aquatic nuisance species to the Reservoir and to collect general data about Reservoir users. To date, the Reservoir has had no targeted invasive species management, so the Greeter program is an important first step in outreach and management. Greeter programs at other lakes around Vermont have proven successful in managing invasive species.

 

About the Job:
The Public Access Greeter will greet boaters as they arrive, describe his/her functions, educate boaters about aquatic nuisance species, and (with permission) inspect boats and remove any invasive species found. The Greeter will also count the number of boats at the Blush Hill Access Area and keep a daily field journal to record general observations about receptivity toward the Program. Friends of Waterbury Reservoir is hiring for one paid position.

Location:
The Greeter will be based at the Blush Hill Access Area at Waterbury Reservoir. The Waterbury Reservoir is located in central Vermont at the crossroads of the world-class resort towns of Stowe, Bolton, and Waterbury and yet offers a remote experience for users. It is fed by the Little River from the north and ultimately flows through the Waterbury Dam and into Winooski River which is a major tributary of the Lake Champlain Basin Watershed. The Reservoir a rich ecological and recreational resource bordered almost entirely by State forest lands, two State parks, with one private landowner. The Reservoir is recognized as a unique resource and an important conservation and economic asset for the people of the State of Vermont.

 

Required Qualifications:
•    Must be at least 18 years of age and have access to reliable transportation
•    Previous experience in public outreach and education 
•    Outgoing and friendly disposition: comfortable approaching and interacting with strangers
•    Self-motivated (greeter will often work alone); ability to adapt in unstructured settings
•    Ability to accurately record data and notes
•    Passion for ecology and Friends of Waterbury Reservoir’s mission
•    Available for a paid training from 9am-1pm on: April 30, May 7, May 16, May 18 or June 4


Desired Qualifications:
•    Degree or pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies/Sciences or Natural Resources
•    Data Analysis skills 
•    Knowledge of or experience working on invasive species management
•    Experience coordinating volunteers
•    Experience working outdoors

 

Position Benefits:
•    Complementary 2016 season pass to Waterbury Center State Park
•    Gain experience in public outreach, environmental education and data collection
•    Exposure to State of VT and Non-profit professionals
•    Outside all day!
 

This is an excellent opportunity for retired individuals with an interest in ecology, full time workers with free weekends, or college students or recent grads looking to build their resumes.

 

How to Apply:
•    Submit cover letter and resume (including 2 references) via email with the subject heading “Public Access Greeter Application” to waterburyres@gmail.com
•    Deadline: 5/6/2016

 

More information about Friends of Waterbury Reservoir can be found at:
www.friendsofwaterburyreservoir.org

 

More information about the State of Vermont’s Greeter Programs can be found at:
http://www.vtwaterquality.org/lakes/docs/ans/lp_greetertrainingmanual2015.pdf 

We are pleased that the Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation recognizes the importance of this program. The funding is not enough to meet the full cost of the program, so we are seeking contributions from individuals who also care about the Reservoir. Click on the GoFundMe link to add your support!

OUR MISSION

Friends of Waterbury Reservoir (FWRes) is a Vermont non-profit organization committed to protecting, improving and enhancing the ecological, recreational, and community values of the Waterbury Reservoir.

We accomplish this through:
• Reservoir stewardship
• Research and community involvement
• Collaboration with all stakeholders
• Connecting people and place

OUR VISION

The Waterbury Reservoir is a thoughtfully-maintained, safe, and clean public-access recreation area located at the crossroads of world-class resort towns and yet offers a remote experience for users. The Waterbury Reservoir is recognized as a unique resource and an important conservation and economic asset for the people of the state of Vermont.

OUR CORE VALUES

We believe it is essential to:
• Strengthen relationships with stakeholders including neighbors, businesses, governments and other organizations and extend our role as convener and supporter;
• Build a community of Reservoir water- and land-based Reservoir users; and
• Support stewardship and conservation of the natural world on and around the Reservoir.

We believe it is important to:
• Provide access, and promote responsible recreation as a means to engage people directly and pass on timeless values;
• Honor the history of the communities that existed on the Reservoir and their contribution to the area;
• Collaborate with other organizations in accomplishing shared goals; and
• Use outdoor recreation as a vehicle to help youth engage with and learn about the natural world.
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