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Apply now Job no: 232189-TE
Work type: Staff-Part Time
Location: Superior
Categories: Facilities, Skilled Trades, Maintenance, Other

Position Summary:

The Seasonal Vessel Coordinator supports the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve by maintaining two vessels, outboard engines, trailers, and associated equipment, coordinating with partners and Reserve staff to plan vessel use through the NOAA Small Boat Program, and safely operating the vessels in a variety of conditions in the St. Louis River estuary and nearshore Lake Superior. This position supports on-water programing and research efforts that align with the Reserve's mission of research, education, outreach, and stewardship while coordinating with vessel support volunteers through the Friends of the Lake Superior Reserve. The position is 20 hours per week on average between May and September.

This position is a part of the Division of Extension Natural Resources Institute. The Natural Resources Institute works at the crossroads of communities, natural resources and agriculture to empower individuals and communities to make informed decisions that benefit our shared natural resources.

Based on the St. Louis River Estuary in Superior, WI, the 16,697-acre Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 29 reserves in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The Reserve is a part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension and is supported through a network of innovative regional partnerships. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides federal leadership and guidance to the Reserve system.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

High school diploma required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

1. At least 2 years experience operating and maintaining vessels
2. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and coordinate with partners using a variety of methods and technology;
3. Demonstrated use of problem-solving skills to independently address complex issues;
4. Experience effectively working with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity
5. Completion of or willingness to complete a USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship course or equivalent, and certification in Wilderness First Aid, CPR/AED and Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control training. Trainings may be arranged by the Reserve as needed.

1. Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (also known as a USCG Six-pack) captain's license or other advanced boat operator certification
2. Experience working on-board vessels that support scientific research and/or environmental education efforts
3. Experience operating vessels equipped with side scan sonar, and radar systems
4. Familiarity navigating within the St. Louis River estuary and nearshore zone of Western Lake Superior

Additional Information:

1. The primary accountability relationship for this position is the Lake Superior Reserve Director
2. This position's primary programming focus is in Douglas County, WI; however, some work may be conducted over a broader geographical area.
3. Expectation to arrange for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions;
4. Work evenings or weekends as needed to meet programming needs
5. Must be able to carry or arrange for transportation of equipment, up to 50 lbs.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Deanna Erickson, Reserve Director, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve at For technical questions or assistance, please contact UW Service Center at (888) 298-4159. For all other questions please contact

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.



Work Schedule:

Variable schedule, work on evenings and weekends as needed to meet project needs.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal, 5 month appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding


Minimum $14.77 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process, click the Apply Now button.

You will be asked to provide a cover letter and resume addressing your skills and experience as they relate to the qualifications and duties in this job description.

As applicants move on to next steps in the process, they will be asked to provide names and contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address) of at least three references.


Deanna Erickson
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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Employment Class:

Temporary Employment

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