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BOAT & WATER SAFETY OFFICER

Aitkin County
Job Description
Position is 67 working days or less in any calendar year, or 100 days or less for full-time students under the age of 22. See MN Stat.179A.03, Subd. 14 (6) for additional details concerning student status. Department Sheriff’s Office Grade Grade 3, Temporary/Seasonal Position Reports to Assigned Deputy Sheriff FLSA Status Non-exempt Union Status Non-union For interview: Dress casually as there will be a buoy lifting demonstration. Final Appointing Authority This position shall not be filled until final approval of the County Administrator. All offers of employment are made in writing by the Human Resources Manager. Job Summary To patrols county lakes so boat and water laws are observed and enforced and perform related work as required. Supervision Received Employees working in this job class work under general supervision and usually receive some instruction with respect to details of most assignments, but are free to develop their own work sequences within established procedures, methods, and policies. They are often physically removed from their supervisor and are only subject to periodic supervisory checks. Supervision Exercised No formal supervisory authority. Essential Functions This position description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other essential and nonessential functions as assigned or apparent to meet the ongoing needs of the department and organization. Regular attendance and punctuality are essential requirements of this position. 1. Enforces boat and water laws so that county waters are safe for public use by operating a patrol watercraft and advising / issuing warnings to offenders of boat and water laws. 2. Documents and records activities for department, as required. 3. Conducts inspections of rental watercraft within Aitkin County. 4. Assists licensed Deputies with Boat and Water or other Recreational Vehicle enforcement as assigned. 5. Attends training and meetings as needed. • Performs other related duties as assigned or apparent. Preferred Qualifications High school diploma or GED. Must be 18 years or older. Prefer candidates that are enrolled in a law enforcement program or who have obtained a Minnesota POST license. Valid Minnesota driver’s license required. Employment reference checks, a criminal background check, and pre-employment physical will be performed as part of the pre-employment process. First Aid, CPR/AED training will be provided upon hire. Must be able to work various shifts, including days, nights, weekends, and holidays as assigned. Completion of the online “Boat Minnesota” course and certification exam to obtain a Minnesota Boater Education Certificate is beneficial. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/boatwater/education.html Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required Knowledge of: 1. County and departmental policies, procedures, and practices to safely and effectively accomplish the needs of the department. 2. State and local laws relevant to the work performed in the position. 3. Rules concerning personal flotation devices (PFD’s / life jackets) and the five types approved for use on recreational boats, navigation lights, fire extinguishers, ventilation, flame arrestors, whistles/horns, mufflers/noise limits, marine toilets, and required actions to stop aquatic hitchhikers. 4. General watercraft operation, motorboat operator age restrictions, rules of the road when passing, meeting, and crossing motorized and non-motorized watercraft, regulatory waterway markers including buoys and signs, white flashing lights, channel markers, size specifications for buoys, general watercraft operation prohibitions, capacity and overloading, BWI laws, jet ski, water skiing, tubing, and wake boarding regulations, sunrise and sunset time schedule, and other related boat and water rules and restrictions. 5. The principals, practices, methods and modern techniques of law enforcement, preservation of evidence, communications practices, and data privacy. 6. Geographic character of the county sufficient to locate buildings and lakes. 7. Community and law enforcement available resources. Skill in: 1. Communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with staff and the general public sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction. 2. Organizing and prioritizing work. 3. Efficient computer and typing skills. Current technology skills including GPS, cell phone, etc. 4. Use of intermediate weapons such as soft hand, hard hand, Taser, asp, baton, and mace as assigned. 5. Reading, writing, and speaking English proficiently. Good writing and communication skills are required for report preparation and court testimony if necessary. Must be able to express self well orally and in writing. 6. Safe operation of vehicles in all weather and traffic conditions. Ability to: 1. Present a positive attitude in the workplace, promote a spirit of teamwork and cooperation, and be able to treat co-workers, supervisor, and subordinates with respect, honesty, and consideration. 2. Tow and maneuver trailers hauling boats, ATV’s, snowmobiles, etc. 3. Administer emergency first aid to the injured or ill. 4. Perform efficiently in emergency situations. 5. Interpret and convey information, policies, and legal requirements to inquiring individuals and organizations. 6. Gather pertinent facts and record activities in order to prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports. 7. Use verbal judo, a tactical communication, to use presence and words to achieve the desired outcome of the encounter. 8. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, enforcement agency representatives, and the general public. 9. Maintain equipment. 10. Maintain confidentiality.
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