Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Long Island Sound Monitoring Program

Recruitment #190111-3492VR-001

Introduction

Water has shaped Connecticut’s landscape, eroding the land and leaving behind the varied topography that is Connecticut today. Adequate supplies of clean water are critical to support human societies as well as to maintain healthy ecological communities. Water is used to provide transportation corridors for the movement of people and commerce, as a power source to fuel industry, to irrigate our farms, to provide cooling for electric power generation, and to sustain the fish and shellfish that grace our dinner tables. Water provides recreation for fishermen, boaters, swimmers, and those who simply enjoy the aesthetic beauty of many of our water resources. Most fundamentally, every day, each of us must consume some quantity of water to insure our own personal survival. Each and every living creature has a similar need since water is, in fact, the principal chemical ingredient in all forms of life on earth.

The quality and quantity of the State’s waters is a reflection of our use and in some case misuse of our water resources. Many are used to dilute and assimilate wastes generated as a result of human activities. Rain washes contaminants out of the atmosphere and off the land surface into our rivers and streams. Damming our rivers to produce electricity or extraction of surface or groundwater water for human use can alter natural streamflow patterns and threaten the sustainability of natural populations of fish and other aquatic life. Poorly planned development, destruction of wetlands, and is some cases a lack of dam maintenance can increase the potential for severe flooding and the destruction of property and loss of life that can be associated with those events.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Water Protection and Land Reuse Bureau, Water Planning and Management Division, Water Monitoring Unit, is seeking to hire a total of two (2) Seasonal Resource Assistants to work within the Long Island Sound Monitoring Program.

The main office work location is Hartford with field work conducted out of Old Lyme and Milford.  

Length of Position: Starting approximately May 10, 2019. Positions are 1,030 hours in duration.  

The pay rate varies from $11.00 to $14.00 per hour depending on education and experience.There are no benefits with these positions.

Note: Do not submit a cover letter. Applicants must only include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application. 

Any inquiries regarding the status of your application for this park’s positions must be made directly to DEEP Human Resources, Deep.HumanResources@ct.gov, 860-424-3006. 

Selection Plan

These positions are non-competitive. Open to the public.

Selected candidates must be fluent in English, be at least 18 years old and possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license. 

Selected candidates must possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (including work outside in inclement weather, work outside for extended periods), and work well with other staff and members of the public.  

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

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

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Seasonal employees assist the Program staff in performing tasks associated with an intensive water quality-monitoring program of Long Island Sound.  Three to four days (8 – 14 hours each) biweekly will be spent on Long Island Sound aboard the R/V John Dempsey measuring various water quality and environmental parameters, including collecting in situ and grab water samples, and filtering the samples on board for nutrient analysis. Additional sampling involves the collection of phytoplankton and zooplankton samples to assess community structure in Long Island Sound.  Office work will also involve the organization of water quality data, natural resource mapping, or data entry.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Ability to follow instructions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will have college level course work and/or experience in one or more of the following; water quality monitoring, aquatic biology, limnology, ecology, microbiology, entomology, and environmental science, as well as proficiency with personal computers. Boating experience, mechanical ability, and ArcMap GIS experience would also be beneficial.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in these classes who are assigned as patrol persons or 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 these classes 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 patrol officer functions must currently possess Police Officer Standard Training (POST) certification or be eligible for POST recertification without completing the Basic Training program again (i.e. must be current or retired within two (2) years of last POST certified required employment) or Connecticut State Police (CSP) Academy certification (must be current or retired within two (2) years of last CSP certified required employment). Must pass a seasonal patroller training course as approved by the Connecticut State Police.

4. 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.

PHYSICAL 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.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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



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