Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Watercraft Inspector Summer Jobs

Dear Friends of the Lake,
The City and your FLLA have combined funds to hire 2-3 summer employees to inspect boats and educate watercraft owners at the three public launches on invasive species such as Zebra Mussels and Milfoil. This investment will add over 800 inspection hours to the 286 hours provided by a DNR  matching grant  won by the CL-FL Watershed District and the FLLA.
The positions will pay $11.30/hr. The maximum time will be 35 hrs/week. The work hours will be primarily on high lake usage days: Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays and  Holidays, fishing tournaments and some week days. Each employee will have a preset work schedule, so work days will be identified for the entire summer. Training will be done by the DNR.
Below is a position description. If you or someone you know is interested, please obtain a copy of the city  employee application form at the city website:{2C26342D-F000-4747-A0F0-6C18F801D685} .    Select the form at the bottom of the web page,

POSITION TITLE:             Watercraft Inspector
DEPARTMENT:                 Public Works
POSITION STATUS:          Seasonal – up to 35 hours per week
To inform and educate the public on the threats of ecologically harmful aquatic invasive species.  The Watercraft Inspector works at public water access sites educating the public by providing information to watercraft users and conducting a brief survey while inspecting watercraft for invasive species.

Supervision provided by the Forest Lake Lake Association in conjunction with the City of Forest Lake Engineering Technician. 

Educate the public on aquatic invasive species program and issues
Distribute written information to watercraft users
Inspect watercraft for invasive species
Conduct a verbal survey and inspection inventory
Document and record research activities
Compile and submit a year end report
Work in partnership with the DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Program
Other duties as assigned

The Watercraft Inspector is expected to work weekends, evenings and some holidays between May and September.  Inspector will be responsible for work schedule upon supervisor approval.  Personal transportation and personal cell phone is required.  Scheduling can be flexible to work around adverse weather conditions.

1. Education and experience
a. Graduation from high school or equivalent
b. Currently pursuing, or completed, a college degree program in areas including, but not limited to Biology, Natural Resources, Fisheries & Wildlife, Law Enforcement, Communications, Recreation Resource Management, Recreation, Park & Leisure, Ecology, Environmental Science, Forestry, Geology, Sociology, Sociology of Law, Criminology & Deviance, or Urban & Community Forestry.
c. Valid Drivers License or the ability to make alternative travel arrangements to fulfill the duties of the job.
d. Computer/word processing skills.
2. Knowledge, skills and abilities
a. Excellent verbal communication skills.
b. Sound understanding of customer relations.
c. Ability to coordinate multiple tasks within a professional setting.
d. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
e. Sense of humor.
f. Demonstrated interest in environmental work through education, volunteer work, or hobbies.

Car, computer, telephone, calculator, copy machine, facsimile, survey recorder

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms; stand; walk; sit; talk or hear and use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop; kneel or crouch.
The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works at public water accesses.  The employee can expect to work in a variety of weather conditions.  No work will be performed during conditions of severe weather.
Moderate noise levels such as running vehicles and boat motors can be expected.

Applicants for appointment to this position will be required to submit a formal application and may be subject to rating of education and experience, oral interview or reference check.  Job related tests may be required of any applicant.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Zebra Mussel Shells Block Lake Access

Dear Friends of the Lake, 

Attached below is an article from the Pioneers Press describing how Zebra Mussel shells can block shallow channel lake accesses.

As you know, Forest lake not only has shallow channels between the lakes but also has hundreds of homes in back bays that access the main lake through shallow channels. If Zebra Mussels enter and propagate extensively in Forest Lake, the shallow channel lake accesses could be blocked, making access to the main lake more difficult.

Learn more about Zebra Mussels from Steve McComas , president of Blue Water Science, Inc. at our 7PM , Tuesday ,April 24th Annual Meeting   at Vanneli's restaurant in downtown  Forest Lake. Steve will describe the ZM life cycle and resulting issues with this invasive species. In addition, he will describe a study he will conduct in Forest Lake this summer to assess the vulnerability of Forest Lake to the rapid propagation of Zebra Mussels.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Forest Lake Wrestling Dock Project

Forest Lake Wrestling Dock Project

Dear Friends of the Lake,

This announcement is a public service for the FL Wrestling Team.

Need help putting your dock out?
Want to save your back?
Do you like to give back to the community?

Have the Forest Lake Wrestling team install your dock!

Specific Dock Install Info:

 Saturday, May 5th - All day - One day only!!!  LAST CHANCE!!!
Cost: Negotiable, however a minimum donation of $150 is suggested. Our goal is to install each dock within an hour. We do request a larger donation for docks over 100', boat lifts, docks that are labor intensive or difficult to install, and docks that take more than an hour to install. Again, donations are negotiable. We want to be fair and flexible.  By the way, all dollars go directly to the wrestling program!

Contact: Billy Pierce, FL Head Wrestling Coach, e-mail: 
or call: 651-491-9995
Information Needed: When contacting to sign-up, please be ready to give specifics regarding your dock, such as: type of dock, dock length, water depth, boat/jet ski lifts, approximately how long it takes you to install, and any other important information that can help us prepare. We'll also need your address, phone #, e-mail address, and lake.
Tools/Equipment: We will bring tools. However, you will need to provide any special tools or equipment that is required for dock installation.

If you have any questions, please contact Billy Pierce at 651-491-9995

Thank you for your time and consideration

Billy Pierce

Forest Lake Area High school
Special Education Teacher
Head Wrestling Coach
(o)651-982-8422 ext. #2