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DNR Looks for Conservation Interns to Help Inspect for Invasive Species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is on the lookout for watercraft inspectors. The internship will last during the duration of the 2016 boating season, the agency announced.

Inspectors will work at access points on lakes and rivers that have invasive species infestations. These foreign species of aquatic organisms include Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels (most common).

A DNR program coordinator said the internship is an opportunity to get experience doing real world conservation work in Minnesota.

The inspectors are also charged with informing and educating people about aquatic invasive species and why they threaten Minnesota's natural waters including lakes and rivers. They also see to it that boaters follow Minnesota’s “Clean, Drain, Dispose” laws, which are meant to decrease cases of invasion. Interns inspect boats and other craft and assist with removal of species and other conservation projects in the state.

Applicants are required to carry a valid MN drivers license and be enrolled in a conservation, environmental studies, natural resources or similar program. Interns must be able to receive college credit to be considered for the internship. FULL STORY