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​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Invasive Species program depends on the hard work of many seasonal staff members working between 6-9 months a year. All of the Invasive Species program staff are State Certified Watercraft Inspectors and Decontaminators, and many are trained using National training standards. The Invasive Species program office staffs several positions that are vital to the success of the invasive species program including;

  • Program Administrator – responsible for customer service, supporting the Invasive Species program through administrative work such as reviewing and editing technical reports and participating in the development of maps, training materials, educational materials and protocol manuals, as well as administrative office duties. Supports the field through providing materials, supplies and information to WID stations across the state.

  • Data Manager – Primary responsibility is to support the State Invasive Species Program through database management and data analysis. The job entails proofing and correcting field data that is collected by both field sampling crews and boat inspection stations. Position is also responsible for building new databases and maintaining accurate, current, and functional databases for the Invasive Species Program office as well as the development of maps, reports and assessments.

  • Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Trainer(s) – Responsible for developing and implementing a statewide certification for watercraft inspection and decontamination through curriculum, field trainings, testing and quality assurance. Provides training support that certifies an average of 700 boat inspectors each year.

  • Regional Field Support – Provides on the job trainings to watercraft inspection and decontamination stations across the State, quality assurance and control, as well as providing site evaluations, supplies, maintenance and assistance to site supervisors.

  • Watercraft Decontamination Support Specialist – Maintains, inventories and deploys the state's decontamination equipment to WID stations, as well as provides field support to maintain, repair and replace units across Colorado. Also provides advanced decontamination unit support, safety training, equipment, and implementation.

  • Sampling and Monitoring Technicians – Field staff that surveys the waters of Colorado to conduct standardized monitoring for zebra mussels, quagga mussels, New Zealand mudsnails, waterfleas, and Eurasian watermilfoil including infestation mapping, population monitoring and water quality monitoring. Crews also assist with other ANS and native baseline mapping for mollusks, crayfish, aquatic plants and invertebrates.

  • Quality Control Technicians - Primary responsibility is to evaluate field boat inspection and decontamination stations to ensure quality control and consistent implementation of standardized protocols across jurisdictions. They travel the state of Colorado and perform undercover boat inspections using a variety of boats at WID Stations and contact State offices to ensure consistency across the State.

  • Data Entry Staff – The data entry staff works on a multitude of various data projects that are ongoing within the Invasive Species program, they enter WID station inspection logs, inventory logs, and NPDES application records, all of which help to provide the very valuable data we use to run our program. Without the data these technicians help to evaluate, our program would be not successful.

  • HQ WID Station Inspector -  The HQ WID station is open year round and provides inspections, and​​ if necessary, decontaminations Monday – Friday 9am-5pm. Our dedicated HQ inspector performs these duties as a primary function of their job; they also assist in maintenance of decontamination units and equipment, warehouse management, inventory, data entry and administrative duties.