Aquatic Invasive Species Strike Team (2)
Environmental Specialist
Non-Exempt (NE4)/Full Time/Seasonal
$12.10 - $14.22 - $16.34

The Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Strike Team Members will conduct invasive species control and vegetation surveys on and off Tribal properties. The AIS Strike Team Member is responsible for detection and control of invasive species, as well as conduct wild rice related work. Main job duties will include survey and identification of AIS and native plants; manual and chemical control and removal efforts; and wild rice monitoring, harvesting and transplanting. AIS Strike Team Member will have frequent long days in the field (including lunches).

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and be insurable on company policy
  • Must have good organizational skills and the ability to multi-task
  • Must know invasive species and aquatic plant taxonomy
  • Must know how to use a dichotomous key
  • Must have a desire to work outside
  • Flexible, highly organized and able to work independently
  • Ability (or willingness to learn) to drive and trailer watercraft and utility vehicles, including loading and unloading
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently at times
  • Able to work a flexible schedule that includes some nights, days and weekend hours
  • Ability to identify (or learn to identify) invasive species of Michigan
  • Must possess a strong work ethic including being service-orientated
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, self-starter, organizational and time management skills
  • Possess effective oral communication skills
  • Must have a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Possess the ability to operate equipment including pesticide applicator and UTV
  • Ability to work in a team-orientated environment and maintain an effective team working relationship with co-workers
  • Must be punctual and reliable

include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Report to the Water Resources Specialist on a daily basis
  • The majority of work assigned will take place in the field
  • Crew members must dress appropriately for the conditions
  • Crew members will be performing work in areas highly visible to the Tribe and public
    • The Gun Lake Tribe will hold employees to a high standard of professionalism
  • Invasive species monitoring
    • Document the species, location and area of infestation using GPS, Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) and other applicable programs
  • Treat invasive species using identified best management practices
    • Conduct manual and chemical invasive species control including removal of phragmites, Japanese knotweed, purple loosestrife, European frogbit
    • Areas where invasive species are treated must be documented in a pesticide application log book, as well as entered into the appropriate data management tool(s)
  • Survey water bodies for native vegetation and invasive species
    • Identify aquatic and terrestrial invasive species and aquatic plants
    • Identify signs of invasive species
  • Survey and monitor water bodies supporting and suitable for wild rice
  • Harvest and transplant wild rice
  • Safely utilize equipment including but not limited to watercraft, chainsaws, herbicide sprayers, UTVs, hand tools
  • Assist with mapping, publications, data entry and outreach activities
  • Attend classroom and field trainings as requested
  • Assist in maintaining equipment (sprayers, sampling gear etc.)
  • Work as a Camp Counselor and/or other capacity at the Jijak Youth Camp
  • Assist Environmental Departmental staff with day-to-day activities when needed
  • First Aid and CPR certification must be acquired after hire at Tribe’s expense
  • Pesticide Certification must be acquired after hire at the Tribe’s expense
  • Willing to obtain and maintain certifications including pesticide applicator license, first aid and CPR, as required
  • Occasional non-traditional hours including working evenings and weekends
  • Ability and willingness to travel for field work, meetings and continuing education
  • Field duties can require working in harsh weather conditions including regularly exposed to wet and/or humid and other outside weather conditions
  • This position may be subject to frequent exposure to extreme levels of temperature, air pollution, noise pollution and chemicals.
  • The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and other potentially hazardous equipment

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate their US work authorization during the employment verification process. The pre-employment process also requires the ability to pass a criminal background investigation and drug/alcohol test.

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians recognizes Native American preference in its hiring and employment policies.

This is a seasonal non-benefited position.

Continued Employment For Subsequent Seasons Is Possible

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Gun Lake Tribe
Administration Building
2872 Mission Dr.
Shelbyville, MI 49344