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            Watercraft Inspectors





Watercraft Inspectors:

The Bonner Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking Watercraft Inspectors to work from Mid-April through September 30.  The objective of the watercraft inspection stations is to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species such as quagga/zebra mussels, among others.

In addition to thoroughly inspecting and washing watercraft, Inspectors must document these activities, as well as engage in boater education, as well as selling Aquatic Invasive Species Stickers as necessary.

Inspection stations are located at the Albeni Falls Dam Visitor Center, Samuels weigh station, and at Clark Fork.

Desired applicants are self-motivated, hard-working, outgoing, and have the physical ability to walk and stand for extended periods, as well as to crawl and climb under and onto boats, trailers, etc., the eyesight and sense of touch required to detect mussels, and the hearing capability to ensure communication and safety due to considerable traffic and other noise at the job site.  Knowledge of local lakes and rivers, boating issues, as well as experience in use and maintenance of pressure washers is beneficial.  Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.

Employees will be trained in required duties and responsibilities prior to starting, and during the season.  Pay is $13.00 per hour.  Station hours are from dawn to dusk, and shifts range from 6 to 8 hours.  Typical shifts are from 5:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., or from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and will vary with changes to daylight hours throughout the season.

The available shifts will include weekends, holidays, and will range from 12 to 40 hours per week.



Please submit the following 3 items:

 1. Watercraft Inspector Application

 2. Letter of interest stating why you are applying for the position

 3. Personal resume’ which includes:

     A)   Education applicable to this position including high school information

     B)   Work Experience including at least your last three positions, and reasons for leaving them.

     C)   Three work references and their current contact information


Please submit these items by 4:00 p.m. March 13, 2020 to:


Bonner Soil and Water Conservation District

1224 Washington Ave. Ste 101

Sandpoint, ID 83864


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Bonner Soil and Water Conservation District

Watercraft Inspector

Job Description

The position of Watercraft Inspector is a temporary seasonal position with the Bonner Soil and Water Conservation District.  Training of up to 3 days will take place prior to station opening.  Periodic refresher training will be conducted mid-season, and as necessary to ensure that operations meet requirements and objectives.  The stations, located at Albeni Falls Dam visitor center, Samuels weigh station, and Clark Fork are open from mid-April through September.  It is the responsibility of the Watercraft Inspector to inspect all watercraft and trailers, portable docks, water-related construction equipment, and other appurtenances and equipment as may fall under the authority of the Idaho Invasive Species Act of 2008.  This includes the physical ability to stand and walk for extended periods, crawl under, and climb onto boats, trailers, etc., the eyesight and sense of touch required to detect mussels, and the hearing capability to ensure communication and safety due to considerable traffic and other noise at the job site. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Watercraft Inspectors include, but are not limited to the following:

1.    The top priority of Inspectors is watercraft inspection. Inspectors will be ready to respond as watercraft enter the station.  Inspectors will follow all protocols and procedures required by Idaho State Dept. of Agriculture (ISDA), and promptly notify the proper authorities of any watercraft found to be infested with and/or transporting targeted Aquatic Invasive Species, specifically Zebra or Quagga Mussels.

2.    Inspectors will follow required protocols for station safety, set-up/shut-down, signage, inspection, hot-wash, data-entry, bookkeeping, etc.

3.    Inspector will encourage and engage in sales of Aquatic Invasive Species stickers: keep accurate records of sales, including accurate and complete daily accounting of the cash box assigned to each station, as well as see to the security of the cash box and unsold stickers.

4.    Inspector’s communication with the public and fellow employees will always be professional and courteous.  Hostile or rude confrontations by boat customers with the inspector will be defused by the Inspector.  Inspector shall promote clear communication with boaters and staff regarding issues pertaining to aquatic invasive species and their control, regional information for out-of-area boaters, current Idaho legislation pertaining to aquatic invasive species, as well as state and local boating regulations.

5.    Inspectors will be required to wear appropriate clothing while on duty, including certain uniform articles provided by the Employer, composed of a safety vest, name tag, and other apparel items as may become required.  Not permitted are any articles of clothing expressing sexually explicit, offensive, or political messages.  Also not permitted are: Open toed shoes, Tank tops, Shorts above the top of the knee, Skirts, and Shirts exposing the midriff.

6.    Inspectors will keep their workstation clean, organized, and tidy.

7.    Inspectors will be available to work up to 40 hours a week, any day, including Sunday.

8.    Inspectors will complete the following training:  Required training provided by ISDA, and then as needed throughout season.



























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