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Seasonal Boat & Water Patrol

Meeker County
Job Description

To protect and serve the people of Meeker County by patrolling waterways, promoting watercraft safety, responding to calls for service and enforcement as it pertains to watercraft, waterways and related activities. This is a non-licensed position with limited enforcement authority.


1. Promote the safety and well-being of all users of the waterways within Meeker County.
2. Patrol Meeker County waterways to enforce watercraft laws, commission orders and ordinances by issuing warnings or relaying information to licensed deputies for issuance of citations.
3. Maintain assigned equipment and vehicles and arrange for repair work.
4. Assist in the placement/removal of county waterfront equipment, buoys, and hazard warning signs.
5. Assist search, rescue, and recovery operations for water-related incidents.
6. Inspect rental watercraft for safety, safety equipment, and registration and attaches safety stickers.
7. Assist in the investigation of water-related incidents or complaints to include interviewing witnesses, collecting physical evidence, taking photographs and completing required investigative/accident reports, daily logs, and annual activity reports.
8. Inspect and issue permits for temporary and stationary anchored rafts and towers in county waters.
9. Perform other related work as assigned or as it becomes apparent in the course of carrying out responsibilities.
10. Operate a variety of rescue equipment including boats, all-terrain vehicles, and related equipment.
11. Exercise rational judgment.
12. Maintain the confidence and trust of peers, superiors, and general citizenry.
13. Assist all Sheriff’s Office staff as needed.
14. Perform watercraft & trailer inspections relating to Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
15. Participate in community safety presentations as assigned.


1. Ability to communicate effectively with the public
2. Ability to understand written/oral directions and instructions.
3. Ability to orally report facts clearly, logically, accurately and objectively.

Education and/or Experience:

High School Diploma or equivalent.
Must have a valid Minnesota Class D driver’s license.
Certificate of training in First Aid preferred.
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Inspector Certification preferred.
Boat & Water Enforcement Training and/or experience preferred.
Experience & knowledge of watercraft operation preferred.

Physical Requirements:
Work is performed through vehicle and watercraft operation or in the office of the Law Enforcement Center. Occasional lifting requirements of up to 75 pounds and on rare occasions a push/pulling requirement of up 200 pounds with assistance of co-workers. Exposures may include, but are not limited to, inclement/hazardous weather conditions, intoxicated/abusive persons, unrestrained animals, body fluids and communicable diseases.
1. Must be in good physical condition.
2. Must maintain mental and emotional fitness.
3. Ability to perform manual tasks requiring coordination, dexterity and strength adequate to lift and move objects of bulk and weight up to 75 pounds.
4. Ability to work indoors or out, day or night, and under conditions of adverse weather and temperature.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
Work is performed outside mainly on or around area waterways.

1. Must pass a physical exam.
2. Must pass extensive background check.
$16.46 per hour
Meeker County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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