Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program Staff

Job position / title
Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program Staff – 6 Month Seasonal
Name of business / employer
City of Bellingham
Job description / duties
For first consideration, apply by February 15, 2019

Closing Date/Time: Fri. 02/22/2019 4:30 PM Pacific Time

Starting salary rate is at Step 1 ($15.46/hour). The current full salary range for this position is $15.46/hour – $18.80/hour.


This is a 6 month seasonal position, budgeted 20-40 hours per week. The 2019 season will run April through October. This position is required to work a varied schedule at multiple sites including weekends, holidays, early mornings and evenings.

This position fulfills Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program objectives by providing education, watercraft inspection and decontamination services to recreational boaters within the Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish watersheds. The position will interact with members of the public, collect and track survey information, provide boat inspection and decontamination services and communicate with other state and local government staff.

Incumbents eligible for union membership that perform lead duties, will earn lead pay, which will be 3% of the employee’s regular rate of pay. Responsibilities of the lead positions include assisting the Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator with the communication of management decisions, coordination of daily and weekly job assignments, ensuring provision of professional level of service and resolution of conflicts. Additionally, the lead positions may include Watercraft Inspection Training to obtain a level II certification.

This position becomes represented by a union after the completion of 1040 hours working an average of at least 12 hours per week, on an annual basis.



•One year experience working with the public on a daily basis in public outreach, customer service or similar.
•Course work in environmental science or knowledge of Lake Whatcom aquatic ecology preferred.
•Experience working with watercraft or basic knowledge of boat mechanics or anatomy preferred.
•High level of comfort using smart phones to collect and process data preferred.

Application deadline / closing date
Salary / rate of pay
Days and hours of employment
20-40 Hours/Week
Person or department to contact
Human Resources
Business address
104 W. Magnolia St., Bellingham, WA 98225
How to apply
*All applications must be submitted electronically at


The following documents are required to be submitted as part of the application:
1.Cover Letter

Applications are initially reviewed for minimum qualifications and a standard degree of completeness. Candidates must provide specific, detailed information so an initial determination can be made regarding level of qualifications for this position. This includes completing all application fields and supplemental materials. If adequate responses are not provided in the application materials to determine qualifications, the application will be rejected as “reviewed, not selected for additional assessment”. Applicant status will be updated on or around February 27, 2019.

Applications will be referred to the department for review.

Interviews: The top scoring candidates selected from the application review will be invited to participate in oral interviews tentatively scheduled for the week of March 4, 2019.

Equal Opportunity:
Our environment is characterized by respect for cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and ethnic diversity. The City of Bellingham is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its work force. We do not discriminate or make decisions on the basis of an individual’s race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, age (40+), disability, retaliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. All are encouraged to apply for employment.

Fair Hiring Practices
•The City provides individuals who have been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense an equal and fair opportunity to obtain employment.
•The City will not inquire about an applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional job offer has been made.
•The City will disregard the prior arrest and conviction record of an otherwise qualified individual unless the offense is directly related to the job position for which the individual has applied.
•The City will notify an otherwise qualified applicant about a potentially disqualifying conviction and give the applicant an opportunity to submit information regarding the accuracy of the criminal records as well as evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation, as appropriate.

Applications should include
[×] Resume
[×] Cover letter