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Students Wanted as New York Sea Grant Launch Stewards for 4-County Program

New York Sea Grant is looking for a few good college and graduate students to spend the 2013 summer outdoors as Launch Stewards at venues in Wayne, Cayuga, Oswego and Jefferson counties, including on Sodus Bay, Henderson Harbor, Oneida Lake, and the Salmon River Reservoir.

The student-stewards will provide public outreach to boaters on ways to minimize and prevent aquatic invasive species in local waters. They will participate in educational outreach, watercraft inspection demonstrations, data collection, and reporting.

2012 NYSG Steward Matt Brincka, right, helps a boater inspect his watercraft to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species. Student-stewards are now needed for 2013 season.
2012 NYSG Steward Matt Brincka, right, helps a boater inspect his watercraft to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species. Student-stewards are now needed for 2013 season.

The stewards also write informational articles published by local media outlets, including the Oswego County Weeklies, Jefferson County Journal, and Lure of the Lake.

New York Sea Grant Coastal Community Development Specialist Mary Penney will supervise the Launch Stewards. Uniforms will be provided to help the public identify the Stewards and they will use a standardized protocol New York Sea Grant has helped develop for water steward programs statewide.

The full PDF announcement of the New York Sea Grant Launch Steward opportunity with position description and qualifications is online at http://www.nyseagrant.org/coastalcomm/pdfs/NYSGLaunchStewRecruit2013.pdf.

Applications will be accepted online at [email protected] until positions are filled. For details, contact Mary Penney at New York Sea Grant, SUNY Oswego, 315-315-3042.

New York Sea Grant, a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s ma­rine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.