• Part Time
  • Remote/Virtual
  • Employer Type: Nonprofit

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Title:                              Eat Safe Fish – River Walker – Detroit

                                        $17.57 – $21.78 / Posted Thru:  6-30-22


Location:                     Detroit River from Ford Park, through Riverside Park, Dingell Park, and as far as Elizabeth Park


Purpose:  The person in this position will provide information and messaging on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Eat Safe Fish Guidelines to people fishing the Detroit River.  (June – September 30, 2022)


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with River Walker partner to provide education and outreach in English, Spanish, and Chinese – Mandarin (if possible) to shoreline anglers who consume fish from the Detroit River.
  • Engage with and distribute Eat Safe Fish materials at predetermined fishing sites along the Detroit River on various days and times, including mornings, afternoons, early evening, weekdays, and weekends. The fishing sites cover multiple areas on the Detroit River from Ford Park, through Riverside Park, Dingell Park, and as far as Elizabeth Park.
  • Attend occasional special events, engage with community members, and distribute Eat Safe Fish information and materials.
  • Accurately fill and maintain MDHHS observational forms.
  • Coordinate with Eat Safe Fish Coordinator to maintain a supply of outreach supplies.
  • Submit observational forms to the Eat Safe Fish Coordinator on a weekly basis.
  • Always represent the best interests of MDHHS and MPHI.
  • Other duties as assigned.




Education:  High School diploma or equivalent required.


Experience:   Experience is not required for this position.  However, experience and knowledge of fishing or the fishing community will be considered in determining starting salary.


Important Skills and Characteristics:

  • Must have own transportation.
  • Excellent communication skills are important; especially the ability to convey technical information to the lay public.
  • Must be able to work amenably with and coordinate routes with the other River Walker.
  • Professional demeanor required.
  • Knowledge of fishing, ecology, and/or healthcare, and experience working with local organizations preferred.
  • Preference will be given to individuals who are bilingual (English and Spanish and/or English and Chinese – Mandarin).
  • Ability to read maps (maps on phone and/or paper maps) to travel to pre-select sites will serve as helpful.


Work Environment and Physical Requirements:  Work environment will vary.  This person is required to maneuver across various surfaces, including potentially uneven surfaces to reach angling locations.  Must have means of transportation to reach angling locations and transport outreach supplies throughout the Detroit River (Travel is possible between areas as distant as Ford Park, Riverside Park, Dingell Park, and Elizabeth Park. (Mileage costs incurred for site visits will be reimbursed at the current State of Michigan rates).  Must have the means to store up to 2 medium boxes of outreach supplies.  Schedule will vary based on weather, ensuring access to a maximum number of anglers – with primary work hours during peak fishing times, including mornings, afternoons, early evening, weekdays, and weekends.  Because this work is primarily outside, this person will be exposed to a variety of weather conditions.  Attendance at some meetings and events may be required – including indoor and outdoor events, with evenings and weekends a possibility.  This person may need to transport boxes of outreach items that can weigh up to 40 pounds to area events.  This person will need access to a computer and internet to enter and submit time and mileage incurred during working hours.


RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORK OF OTHERS:   No assigned responsibility.


IMPACT ON PROJECTS, SERVICES AND OPERATIONS:  The person in this position will interact with the public via one-on-one in-person conversations. Occasionally, this individual may be asked to support the Eat Safe Fish Community Engagement Coordinator at events. Overall, this position is responsible for building rapport with and promoting and distributing MDHHS-provided educational materials on fish consumption to shoreline anglers along the Detroit River.


Contact Person/Group



MDHHS Outreach Unit Manager


Overall position oversight

MDHHS Eat Safe Fish Community Engagement Coordinators


Field position oversight & Project Collaboration



Communication of Eat Safe Fish messages

MDHHS Eat Safe Fish team members

As Needed

Project Collaboration

Other state, federal, and local agencies

As Needed

Communication of health and environmental messages

Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) assigned payroll specialist(s)

As Needed

Human Resources


“For purposes of employment standards, this classification is “Non-Exempt” from overtime provisions of the fair Labor Standards Act.”


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