Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program Coordinator

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Salary: $33.81 – $39.93 Hourly
Location: P7160, MN
Job Type: Full-time
Job Number: REQ00780
Who We Are

Established in 1883, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) oversees a renowned urban park system spanning 6,809 acres of parkland and water. Featured among its 180 park properties are 55 miles of parkways, 102 miles of Grand Rounds biking and walking paths, 22 lakes, 12 formal gardens, 7 golf courses and 49 recreation centers. The MPRB is proud to provide services, programs and activities that meet the park and recreation needs of diverse communities and ensure race equity, gender inclusion and universal access.  Altogether, MPRB properties receive about 26 million visitors annually, and employs approximately 617 full-time and 1,400 part-time and seasonal employees. 

Park it here for an exciting career by joining the #1 urban park system in the United States as recognized by the Trust for Public Land in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020.


Lead and coordinate the technical and operational support of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program consistent with the organization’s comprehensive plan and the mission and goals of the MPRB.  Implement the watercraft inspection and education program to provide park visitors with lake launch access seven days a week for seven months a year.  Coordinate aquatic plant harvesting program and AIS early detection monitoring program. Obtain and manage AIS-focused permits, grants, agreements, and contracts.  Analyze data, write reports, and present information to various internal and external partners or groups.  This work is accomplished to ensure the needs and interests of diverse communities are met while exhibiting cultural proficiency in meeting the needs and interest of underserved and under-represented communities. Start date for this position will be on or after January 3, 2023.  

What You’ll Do

  • Responsible to coordinate MPRB’s overall AIS program, and maintain AIS data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Coordinate the early detection monitoring and rapid response planning of aquatic invasive species for all MPRB water resources.
  • Hire, train, schedule, supervise, and evaluate part-time, seasonal AIS inspections and education staff.
  • Assign and schedule work to ensure MPRB boat launches are appropriately staffed to meet needs of park visitors.
  • Lead and coordinate an interdepartmental AIS work group.
  • Coordinate AIS related work actions with supervisors and manager from various MPRB work groups and departments (i.e. aquatic plant harvesting, phragmites control and eradication, aquatic plant surveys, Nokomis weir)
  • Communicate AIS Program information needs to the organization – including MPRB staff, Superintendent and executive team, and the Board of Commissioners.  
  • Assist MPRB in identifying and addressing the park and recreation needs of underserved and under-represented communities.

What To Bring

Need to Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Aquatic Biology, Water Resources, Environmental Education, Natural Resources, or closely related field.
  • Experience working with Aquatic Invasive Species inspection and education programs:  at least one (1) year.
  • Experience coordinating and scheduling part-time staff, ideally including multiple locations: at least two (2) years
  • Supervisory experience of employees to include part-time and seasonal staff:  at least two years
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Certified Level 1 AIS Inspector (MN DNR) within six (6) months of employment.
  • An equivalent combination of related experience and education and training may be considered.

Nice to Have:

  • Experience with natural resources field work and mapping:  at least one (1) year 
  • Fluency in a second language 

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.  Stooping, kneeling, sitting, reaching, standing, walking, driving, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. 

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. 

Most work performed in a normal office environment and some work performed out in the field at boat launches, docks, along shorelines, on waterbodies, in addition to parks and other locations within the City of Minneapolis.  Will be required to work occasional alternate schedule including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Skills Crucial to Success in This Role:

  • Knowledge of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS): plants, insects, disease, and wildlife.
  • Knowledge of industry best practices in AIS management and control methods.
  • Knowledge of environmental education program development including planning, implementing, and evaluating programs.
  • Knowledge of best practices of industry survey techniques. 
  • Create positive relationships and work in a collaborative and diverse environment, particularly with community groups, multiple agencies, and levels of government
  • Solve problems and effectively handle critical, controversial and/or sensitive policy issues, maintain confidentiality in work-related matters.
  • Negotiate and meet deadlines and prioritize issues, identifying which issues require immediate attention and taking effective and appropriate action based on that determination.
  • Outstanding customer service principles and practices and standards for a diverse customer base. 

Additional Information

FLSA Status:  Non-exempt

Union:  AFSCME 3279

Job Information Session:  A 30 minute Job Information Session will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022 at 11:30AM CST via telephone conference.  This is your opportunity to ask questions about the position and to gain a better understanding of the civil service application process.  Interested parties are encouraged to attend.  Please join us via phone conference at (612) 230-6594. 

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Selection Process:

To apply for this full-time civil service position, applicants must complete an online application with supplemental questions at  Late applications will be rejected.

What steps the selection process involves:

  • We review your minimum qualifications.
  • We rate your training and experience based on application materials and supplemental questions (30%).
  • We conduct a structured panel interview (oral exam) (70%).
  • We calculate your civil service score based on the above components and place you on the eligible list if all testing components are passed (passing score for each component and as an overall score is 70.00 or above).  Eligible list will expire in three (3) months.
  • We refer the top finalists to the hiring manager for an interview.
  • References, including verification of employment and work performance, may be considered. 
  • We conduct a background check.  Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, the applicant will be asked to sign an informed consent allowing the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to obtain their criminal history in connection with the positions sought. View the MPRB Background Check Policy at

Please note that HR reserves the right to limit the number of people invited to successive testing events.

The MPRB is a tobacco-free workplace and park system.

The MPRB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.