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Lake Host Inspectors - Position Description

Position Summary: 

Lake Host Program Inspectors staff the F&G boat launch on Clough Pond in Loudon to teach the public about aquatic invasive species prevention methods and to help boaters remove potentially-invasive plants and animals from boats, trailers, and gear. Inspectors are not enforcers of local or state ordinances, rules, or laws. An inspector represents NH LAKES and the Clough Pond Association. An inspector may be an individual hired as an NH LAKES seasonal employee or an individual serving as a volunteer from the local community. 

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Appear in uniform and greet all arriving and departing boaters and visitors.

  • Conduct boat and trailer inspections with boaters’ permission. Follow protocols for removing aquatic plants and animals from boats and trailers.

  • Collect and enter boater survey data neatly complete all paper and digital documentation.

  • Encourage boaters to practice the “Clean, Drain, and Dry” method for preventing the spread of aquatic invasive plants and animals. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The ideal inspector is: 

  • able to conduct a visual and tactile examination of all exterior surfaces of boats and trailers; 

  • comfortable interacting with strangers; professional, friendly, polite, and has a sense of humor; 

  • task-oriented, self-motivated, and able to deal productively with ‘down time’; 

  • equipped to work outside safely in a variety of weather conditions; and,

  • is committed to providing fact-based information about aquatic invasive species prevention.

  • Minimum age: 18. Exceptionally mature and independent 16- and 17-year-olds may be considered for work in pairs or with experienced inspectors.

Working Relationships/Accountability: 
  • A paid inspector is an NH LAKES employee working at the Clough Pond's F&G boat launch and under the operation of the CLough Pond Association.

  • Inspectors collect data, neatly complete all paperwork, and collect suspicious plant or animal specimens in bags provided by NH LAKES, and forward all information to their Local Coordinator. 

  • Inspectors are responsible for accurately completing, signing, and forwarding their timesheet to their Local Coordinator by the last Sunday in each pay period. 

  • The Local Coordinator will set the weekly staffing schedule and provide daily oversight and management, submit specimen bags and paperwork, and will provide Inspector with performance feedback. Employee and volunteer inspectors should contact NH LAKES directly with questions, comments, or concerns, if not addressed by or appropriate for the Local Coordinator. 

  • Inspector should seek medical attention immediately and notify the Local Coordinator(s) and NH LAKES as soon as possible if injured while on duty. Inspectors are required to follow all COVID-19 prevention measures to ensure the safety of themselves and others while working in the position. This includes filling out all required forms and adhering to all measures outlined in the COVID-19 Prevention Measures Flyer

Salary and Benefits/Work Hours and Location:
  • This position is temporary/seasonal. 

  • This position pays between $10/hour. Start and end dates, hourly pay rates, and hours worked per week vary. This is a strictly outdoor position. 

  • This position is not eligible for overtime pay or NH LAKES health insurance benefits.

  • No individual can serve as a paid Lake Host Inspector and volunteer Lake Host Inspector within one calendar year. 

Organization Information:

Founded in 1992, NH LAKES is a nationwide, member-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to keep New Hampshire’s lakes clean and healthy, now and in the future. NH LAKES works with partners to promote clean water policies, responsible use, and inspires the public to care for lakes. The Lake Host Program is a collaborative effort between NH LAKES, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, and local partners for the prevention of aquatic invasive species spread in New Hampshire’s waterbodies.

The Clough Pond Association is a volunteer organization that was founded in 1983 and is a NH registered non-profit corporation working for the betterment of Clough Pond and its watershed.