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Seasonal Jobs Open for Mussel Response Inspection and Decontamination Stations

Fish & Wildlife

Friday, February 10, 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks today announced that it is recruiting additional aquatic invasive species inspection and laboratory technicians for the upcoming season. The job opportunities are part of the state’s on-going effort to battle the risk of spreading invasive mussels to other areas in the state.

The seasonal jobs, which offer competitive pay and benefits, will generally run from April through October.

In October 2016, Montana’s first-ever detection of invasive mussel larvae showed up in Tiber Reservoir – and “suspect” detections turned up in Canyon Ferry Reservoir, the Missouri River below Toston Dam, and the Milk River. The discovery triggered a natural resource emergency in Montana and led to several strategies to manage the threat of invasive mussels spreading to other areas.

Recent Joint Mussel Response Implementation Team recommendations to the Montana Legislature addressed annual preventative actions including additional mandatory Montana watercraft inspection stations; deployment of watercraft decontamination stations at Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs; and doubling sample collection to more than 1,500 taken from more than 200 waterbodies.

To qualify for one of the seasonal positions on the AIS team, applicants must be at least 18 years old, possesses a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Additional skills should include excellent customer service, a strong public service work ethic, and the ability to work in a team atmosphere. Interest in natural resource conservation is desired but not required.

FWP hiring staff will be on hand at the following locations to review resumes, conduct interviews and accept applications:

City

Location

Date

Time

Helena

Helena College

1115 North Roberts St.

Feb. 22 – Interviews

Feb. 23 – Complete Paperwork

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Billings

FWP Regional Headquarters

2300 Lake Elmo Dr.

March 7 -- Interviews

March 8 – Complete paperwork

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Miles City

Miles City Job Service

12 N. 10th St.

March 9 – Interviews

March 10 – Complete Paperwork

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Glendive

Astoria

201 California Ave.

March 11– Interviews

March 12 – Complete Paperwork

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Glasgow

FWP Regional Headquarters

54078 U.S. Hwy 2 W

March 13– Interviews

March 14 – Complete Paperwork

9 a.m. – 3p.m.

8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Havre

Havre Job Service

160 First Ave.

March 15– Interviews

March 16 – Complete Paperwork

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Kalispell

FWP Regional Headquarters

490 Meridian Road

 

March 17– Interviews

March 18 – Interviews

March 18 – Complete Paperwork

March 19 – Complete Paperwork

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Missoula

FWP Regional Headquarters

3201 Spurgin Road

March 20– Interviews

March 21 – Complete Paperwork

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Butte

Butte Job Service

2201 White Blvd.

March 22– Interviews

March 23 – Complete Paperwork

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Bozeman

FWP Regional Office

1400 South 19th

March 24 – Interviews

March 25 – Complete Paperwork

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

FWP also will attend the following job fairs to answer questions and recruit potential applicants:

  • 10 - Fort Peck Community College – Poplar
  • 13 - Chief Dull Knife College - Lame Deer
  • 14 - Little Big Horn College - Crow Agency
  • 16-17 - MSU – Bozeman
  • 21 - Salish Kootenai College - Polson

The Joint Mussel Response Implementation Team includes staff members from FWP, DNRC and other agencies. It is tasked with carrying out recommendation to further minimize the risk of spreading mussels to other Montana waters.

All boaters and anglers are urged take year-round precautions and to Clean, Drain and Dry their equipment after each use. For more information visit musselresponse.mt.gov or Montana Mussel Response on Facebook.