La Crosse Invasive Species Coordinator

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The Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator will serve the La Crosse Area Partnership in La Crosse, Buffalo and Trempealeau counties. The Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Coordinator  is responsible for implementing a coordinated strategy, relevant programs, and effective partnerships for preventing and controlling the spread of aquatic invasive species. The AIS Coordinator will create and maintain an active network of partners who participate in AIS prevention and control.


Coordinate the La Crosse Area Partnership maintaining an open dialogue amongst partners, recruiting new partners and facilitating opportunities to partner in outreach, monitoring and control.

Coordinate an annual pubic meeting to provide project updates and offer opportunity for public participation.

Educate bait dealers and engage their customers through implementing the Bait Dealer Initiative utilizing the WDNR Bait Dealer Toolkit.

Coordinate Landing Blitz efforts educating boaters on the Mississippi in partnership with the WDNR.

Install new State AIS signs (rev.2010) and Asian Carp Watch signs at boat landings.

Increase outreach to fishing tournament participants on the Mississippi River.

Clean Boats, Clean Waters: Recruit and train local partners to conduct watercraft inspections and monitor for invasive species at the landings. Ensure complete and accurate data reporting to WDNR. Hire and manage two interns to supplement volunteer data.

Project Riverine Early Detectors: Recruit and train volunteers to assist in monitoring major tributaries of the Mississippi River below first dam for invasive species of interest. Work with local groups to ensure complete and accurate data reporting to WDNR.

Monitoring: Coordinate citizen, university and agency monitoring efforts to encourage efficiency and data sharing. Assist the Wisconsin DNR to conduct monitoring when needed and assist other federal and state agency employees with vegetation surveys on the Upper Mississippi River.

Statewide AIS Coordinator network: Participate in statewide network of county AIS coordinators, including semi-annual meetings, email listserv, and other training/networking forums. Maintain communication with statewide AIS Education Specialist.


Able to self-start and to work independently without close supervision

Able to communicate effectively with diverse audiences orally and in writing

Basic computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheets

Staff supervisory experience

Organized and self-directed

Able to develop outreach materials

Able to work cooperatively with other county, regional and state AIS coordinators


Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a natural resources field.

One or more years of relevant work experience.

Demonstrated experience in building networks and coordinating projects with multiple stakeholders.

Strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative attitude.

Willingness to travel throughout tri-county area and attend evening and weekend events.

Valid driver’s license


Master’s degree, preferably in a natural resources field. Familiarity with aquatic invasive species and local land and water conservation issues preferred. Familiarity with the Upper Mississippi River.

This position is 100% time and is based in La Crosse, WI. Salary commensurate with experience. Position includes a comprehensive benefits package, an energetic work environment, and the chance to associate with board members and staff who are passionate about and committed to healthy rivers.

Please submit letter of interest, resume, 3 references, and a short writing sample to: AIS

Coordinator Search, Attn: Laura MacFarland, River Alliance of Wisconsin, 107 Sutliff Ave., Rhinelander, WI 54501. Applications may also be submitted via e-mail to

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