Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Belding Wildlife Management Area

Recruitment #210129-3492VR-002


Are you looking to work outside and learn about a wide variety of Connecticut's Wildlife?
If so, take a look at this great opportunity to gain hands-on experience managing their habitats! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Wildlife Division is charged with advancing the conservation, use, and appreciation of Connecticut's wildlife resources. The Division's 282-acre Belding Wildlife Management Area (WMA), in Vernon, is managed for the conservation and enhancement of wildlife habitat, while also focusing on conservation education and wildlife-based recreation such as wildlife observation. 

The CT DEEP Wildlife Division is looking for a seasonal resource assistant to work at the beautiful Belding Wildlife Management Area in Vernon. With over 100 species of birds documented at the area, Belding WMA has been identified as a Birding Hotspot on the Cornell Lab's EBird website

The goals of Belding WMA are to manage a variety of wildlife and fisheries habitats, as well as provide environmental education and low-impact recreation. Visitors are introduced to wildlife and natural resources management through various educational programs, demonstration sites, and self-guided interpretive trails. Teaching the public about wildlife is a rewarding aspect of the job, as well as a tremendous way to learn more about the Wildlife of Connecticut! 

Position Highlights: 

  • The position is up to forty (40) hours per week. A typical work week is Monday through Friday with the possibility of occasional weekend and/or evening work being required. 
  • The pay rates are between $12.00 to $14.00 per hour depending on the individuals education and/or experience, benefits are not included. 
  • The approximate length of the position is 6 months, working no more than 1,030 hours. 
  • This position will start on March 26, 2021 and will have a typical start time of 7:30 A.M.
Contact Information: 

For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobAps, please contact Tyler Cashman at

For any questions regarding these positions, please contact Jane Seymour at or (860) 306-5418. 

Selection Plan

This position is non-competitive and open to the public.

Please do not submit a cover letter. Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume in the "Resume Tab" of your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. 

Requirements of the position: 

The selected candidate must:
  • Be fluent in English; 
  • Be at least 18 years old; 
  • Have a valid motor vehicle operator's license; 
  • Possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (including work outside in inclement weather for extended periods); 
  • Work well with other staff and members of the public; 
  • Have prior experience with wildlife habitat management, species identification and environmental education. 


In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, as a limited duration employee, performs one or more of a variety of tasks and assigned duties of a seasonal nature.


Duties may include the following:

· Weed/invasive plant control (applying herbicides, pulling and mowing);

· Trail maintenance and sign posting,

· Planting trees, shrubs and wildflowers;

· Fixing, installing, and maintaining signs;

· Trash removal;

· Species monitoring (birds, amphibians, invertebrates);

· Conducting educational programs; 

· Constructing, installing, and monitoring nest boxes;

· Coordinating and working with volunteer assistants;

· Data entry;

· Boundary posting;

· Mowing foot paths; and   

· All other duties as assigned. Opportunities to assist on other field projects (e.g., goose banding, bird surveys, forest inventory, public outreach, etc.) may be made available as time allows and according to employee interest. Maintenance activities may also be required at various WMAs throughout Connecticut on occasion.                                                                                                                                 


Ability to follow instructions.


The preferred applicant will possess:
  • A college degree in wildlife management or related field; 
  • The ability to identify local plants and animals; 
  • The ability to identify local birds by sight and sound; 
  • Experience with GIS/GPS; 
  • The ability to work cooperatively with others, as well as independently; 
  • The willingness and ability to obtain a DEEP (governmental) pesticide applicator's license and assist in applying herbicides on undesirable vegetation (training, study documents and testing will be provided by DEEP at no cost to the employee); 
  • The willingness to work out-of-doors in natural habitats in a variety of adverse weather conditions and under potentially hazardous field conditions (e.g., bee stings or insect bites, poison ivy, rocky or uneven terrain, etc.); 
  • The ability to apply knowledge of habitat management practices for wildlife and invasive plant identification. 


1. Incumbents in this class who are assigned as supervisors of small recreational units will perform emergency first aid as needed and will be required to obtain and retain a Basic First Aid Certificate.

2. Incumbents in this class may be required for certain positions to meet any of the following:

a. Proof of possession of a valid Motor Vehicle Operator license.

b. Possession of a valid license to apply pesticides.

c. College training in a specific field.

d. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification may be required by specific State facilities.

3. Incumbents performing lifeguard services must have and retain an American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguarding Certification (includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Basic First Aid). An EMT or MRT certification may be substituted for the CPR and First Aid requirements.


1. Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain adequate physical strength and stamina to perform the duties of the class.

2. Incumbents performing lifeguard services must be able to demonstrate American Red Cross (ARC) waterfront lifeguarding swimming skills.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.