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Watercraft inspector applicants sought for fishing season ahead

Help Wanted: Hubbard County residents are being interviewed for 11 full-time seasonal positions as watercraft inspectors throughout the fishing season.

Mark Sommer, Hubbard County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager, said local lake associations have pooled enough resources together to fund the positions. The application deadline is Friday.

Watercraft inspectors will be working the major public access points on Long, Potato, Belle Taine, Big Sand, Little Sand, Big Mantrap, Fish Hook, Eagle and Emma lakes, Sommer said.

"They're looking for aquatic invasive species," he said, acknowledging that some boaters may be hostile to the inspections.

"I expect it will range from mild irritation to full-on hostility," he said. "But we're not doing this to restrict anyone's freedoms. We're doing it to try to reduce the risk of introducing aquatic invasive species to the lakes."

Inspectors will begin opening weekend in May (11-12 unless the Legislature changes it) through the summer into late September. They will work the "high traffic times," weekends, morning, evenings, holidays and some mid-week inspections.

"Mostly what we're looking for is people willing to staff those accesses. It's a great opportunity for Hubbard County residents. How many times do we have the opportunity to hire 11 full-time seasonal people?"

Applicants can call the SWCD office at 732-0121 or go online at www.hub

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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