Vermont Public Access Greeter Program

THE  RESOURCES FOR THE 202O GREETER PROGRAM TRAININGS ARE NOW AVAILABLE BELOW! 
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic ALL Greeters are REQUIRED to receive training prior to working and to follow the Covid-19 Guidelines as explained below. If the Greeter Program is stationed at a VT Fishing Access Area, they are required to follow the conditions in the Special Use Permit. For more information, please contact Kim Jensen at Kimberly.Jensen@vermont.gov or (802) 490-6120. 

Vermont Public Boat Access Greeter Program

Aquatic invasive species are spread by overland transport of watercraft, trailers, and fishing and recreational equipment. The most effective way to prevent spread is through education and equipment inspections designed to catch invasive species "hitching a ride" from one waterbody to another. Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species is far more effective and economically sensible than eradicating invasive species once they are established. With support from Vermont DEC, Public Access Greeters educate lake visitors about invasive species, provide courtesy watercraft inspections and STOP introductions.

Since 2002, the Vermont Public Access Greeter Program has expanded operation to access points at 32 lakes and ponds statewide, and those numbers are increasing annually. The total number of inspected watercraft has increased since the programs inception, with 404 inspected in 2002 to 29,734 in 2019. In 2019, Greeters intercepted and removed 497 instances of aquatic invasive species, roughly 59% of recorded intercepts. A large number of intercepts were Eurasian watermilfoil; this is similar to what was found in 2018.

Boat Access Greeter Duties

  • Approaching and interacting with boaters
  • Inspecting watercraft
  • Identifying and handling suspicious specimens
  • Collecting and reporting data
  • Distributing educational material on aquatic invasive species 

Training

If you are a new greeter, a program coordinator, or would just like to brush up on the latest information regarding aquatic invasive species, join us for a training workshop and learn about:

  • Aquatic invasive species biology, threats to Vermont, and the importance of spread prevention
  • Access area rules and regulations, invasive species laws
  • Tips on delivering invasive species messages and interacting with the public
  • How to inspect watercraft and data collection methods 

Program Materials

If you currently run a program or want to start a new program, we provide a “Greeter on Duty” welcoming sandwich board for each program, “Access Greeter” t-shirts and training manual for each greeter, up-to-date informational literature for public distribution, and other giveaways for the boating public designed to promote the "Clean, Drain, Dry" message.

Contact

If you are interested in starting a greeter program, hosting a training workshop or learning more about aquatic invasive species, contact Kim Jensen at Kimberly.Jensen@vermont.gov or (802) 490-6120. 

Greeter Program Resources

2020 Vermont Public Access Greeter Training 

Required trainings are completed for the summer. If a person is new to the Greeter Program, they are required to receive training by an experienced Greeter Coordinator or Greeter who participated in one of the online sessions provided this Spring. Please contact Kim via e-mail to insure that the arrangements to do so are met. 

COVID19 & Greeter Information

2020 VT Public Access Greeters are required to follow the Vermont Health Department guidelines for Covid-19. For up to date information on these guidelines, please check the Vermont Health Department Coronavirus Webpage on a daily basis prior to working. Since Greeters will be interacting with the public on a daily basis, it is also required that they complete a Self-Health Check prior to working. Once at the Greeter Station, they must wear a mask, maintain a 6-foot distance from others, and use hand sanitizer or wash their hands thoroughly throughout the day. We recommend using gloves for sanitation use only, and not for inspecting boats to reduce the waste load. Prior to being stationed at the Greeter site, all Greeters are required to complete the Vermont Department of Health Training, and once complete to print out the certificate, and keep in the Greeter Program records. Education and outreach materials will not be provided for the Greeters to hand out and should only be used to inform the Greeters.  

Please review the information here.    

Greeter Training Resources
  1. Public Access Greeter Program Overview Presentation
  2. Vermont Aquatic Invasive Species Presentation
  3. 2020 VT Public Access Greeter Manual
  4. 2020 VT Public Access Greeter Data Field Sheet To be used in the field if an electronic datasheet is not available. The data will need to be submitted in the excel file below at the end of the season.
  5. 2020 VT Public Access Greeter Data Spreadsheet (without drop down list). Google Sheets, using the same column headings, may work from some and the file can be sent to Kim at the end of the season. 
  6. 2020 Vermont Infested Waterbodies List
  7. Intercepting Aquatic Organisms and Specimen Submission
  8. Vermont Fish and Willife Department Warden Contact Information and Regional Map
  9. VT Public Access Greeter Watercraft Inspection Protocol Video
Additonal Greeter Resources

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