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Mobile boat wash crew jobs and AIS Landing Blitz grants available

A woman uses a power washer to spray the side of a motor boat on a trailer at a lakeside boat launch.

If you or someone you know is looking for a rewarding summer job that allows you to spend your days outdoors, consider joining Michigan State University’s mobile boat wash crews. Help protect Michigan’s waters by teaching boaters about invasive species, demonstrating proper boat cleaning methods and conducting invasive species surveys.

Recruiting is underway now for invasive species outreach technicians – both for crew leaders and crew members – at, job #848516. Apply now to help safeguard Michigan’s inland lakes and Great Lakes from European frog-bit, New Zealand mudsnail, water lettuce and other aquatic invasives that threaten the health and quality of state waters.

Questions? Contact Kelsey Bockelman at

Grant applications due April 21

The Great Lakes Commission is accepting proposals to support in-person outreach and voluntary watercraft inspections in coordination with the 2023 regional Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz

The commission anticipates up to $85,000 in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding will be available for 2023 AIS Landing Blitz support, with individual grant amounts ranging from $4,000 to $10,000. 

This year’s request for proposals targets events at boating access points or bodies of water that have not been previously represented in the Great Lakes Landing Blitz. Tribal or U.S.-based local units of government, lake associations, watershed protection groups, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, universities, colleges and conservation groups are eligible to apply for the grants.

The annual Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz brings together state agencies and local volunteer partners to amplify prevention messaging at public and private boating access sites. Outreach, boat cleaning assistance and voluntary watercraft inspections help to limit the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species from the movement of watercraft and equipment between bodies of water. The Great Lakes Commission coordinates the Landing Blitz in partnership with state and provincial agencies and Michigan Sea Grant.

This season’s applications are due April 21, with project activities expected to take place in conjunction with the 2023 Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz, June 30-July 9.

For more information, contact Ceci Weibert at

Michigan's Invasive Species Program is cooperatively implemented by the Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural Development; Environment, Great Lakes and Energy; and Natural Resources.

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