Crow Wing County is hiring seasonal watercraft inspectors.

These positions conduct inspections of entering and exiting watercraft equipment at public water accesses. Inspectors will have frequent public contact with boaters to educate them about aquatic invasive species. Work is primarily Friday through Sunday with possibility for some weekday shifts.

The county encourages those who enjoy working outdoors and possess customer service skills to apply for a seasonal watercraft inspector position. Starting pay is $14 per hour, dependent upon experience. These positions work from fishing opener in May until the season ends in October.

Those interested in applying to be a seasonal watercraft inspector may do so online at or in person at the Land Services Building, 322 Laurel St., Suite 15, Brainerd.

“These positions provide important face-to-face contact with the public to increase awareness and prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in the county’s lakes and rivers,” Nicole Erickson, environmental services specialist, said in a news release.

The 2020 AIS Prevention Plan includes funding for 17,040 hours of watercraft inspections at 42 boat landings throughout Crow Wing County this summer. Lake associations and stakeholders identified watercraft inspections as a top priority for AIS funding, which is allocated by the state Legislature as part of the program aid given to Minnesota counties.