October 2, 2012
Request for Applications for Appointment to Serve on DNR AIS Advisory Committee
The Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is establishing a formal, statewide AIS Advisory Committee. The Commissioner wants to ensure that DNR continues to build strong relationships with its AIS stakeholders and use their insights and perspectives to help guide DNR AIS activities.
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) is one of the most important natural resource issues for Minnesota. Preventing the spread of zebra mussels, Asian carp, and Eurasian watermilfoil (as well as other invasive plants and animals) in our lakes and streams is of critical importance, along with effective control of established invasive populations.
If you are concerned about aquatic invasive species, and have the ability to commit to reviewing reports, preparing comments, and participating in six to eight meetings a year, the Commissioner encourages you to apply for a seat on the DNR AIS Advisory Committee.
The DNR has actively engaged stakeholders in AIS issues over the past decade. The DNR and its AIS stakeholders (individuals, citizen organizations, local units of government) have worked together to develop an accelerated and improved DNR AIS program. Other public and non-profit organizations also have been developing programs within their institutions to prevent and curb the spread of AIS.
The DNR AIS Advisory Committee will be comprised of fifteen AIS stakeholders appointed by the Commissioner. The first set of appointees will be asked to serve either a two or three year term, in order to begin to stagger appointments. (Eventually, Committee members will serve three year terms.)
The application questions reflect the DNR’s desire to have a well-rounded AIS Advisory Committee. Collectively members of the committee will have a range of personal and professional experiences with AIS issues, including prevention, decontamination, public awareness, and control activities. Similarly, different parts of the state will be represented on the committee, as will a diversity of ages, genders, recreational interests, and education. Finally, the Committee will reflect the range of private, non-profit, and public sector organizations that are actively engaged in AIS issues.
The DNR Commissioner determines all appointments. Appointees may request mileage reimbursement, but they are not eligible for a per diem. Appointees are not paid and must abide by requirements pertaining to potential conflicts of interest. Advisory committee work can be a significant time commitment each year and applicants should be prepared to make a 2-3 year commitment.
As an applicant for a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) advisory committee, the DNR is collecting data about you that is classified as private under Minnesota Statutes, section 13.601. Private data includes your residential address (except city), email address and telephone number. This data will be used to contact you when determining your qualifications as an applicant. You are not required by law to provide this information but if you do not, DNR will not be able to contact you regarding your possible appointment. Your private data will be available to DNR personnel whose work assignments reasonably require access, to those as required or allowed by state or federal law, to law enforcement or pursuant to court order and to those with your written consent. Please know that if you are appointed to a DNR advisory committee the private application data becomes public data.
How to apply
Applications will be accepted online.
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Application deadline: Friday, October 19, 2012.
The following DNR staff members are available if you have questions about this opportunity:
email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 651-259-5119
email: email@example.com, phone: 651-259-5656