Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Cockaponset State Forest - Trail Crew

Recruitment #190326-3492VR-003



The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, State Parks Division is currently seeking to fill multiple Seasonal Resource Assistant positions at Cockaponset State Forest in Haddam for the trail crew.

Cockaponset, named after an Indian chief who's buried in the Ponset section of Haddam, is the second largest state forest in Connecticut. The development of this area for recreational purposes allows visitors to fully enjoy the attractiveness of the land, woods, and streams within the forest. 

Positions Include: (see details under Examples of Duties)   

Trail Crew members will be part of a select group of individuals chosen to concentrate on improved trails project throughout Cockaponset State Forest. Minimum Age:  16, preferred candidates 18 and over.

Approximate Dates of Employment:  mid-April – mid-October, mid-May - Labor Day.   

Pay rates are $10.10 -14.00/hr. depending on relevant skills and experience.  No benefits.

Length of positions:  anticipated start dates vary by position and runs through the recreation season; anticipated duration is a maximum of 1030 hours. 

Most positions are typically first shift, but other positions will be second shift.   Typically positions are 5 days per week, and include mandatory weekend and holiday shifts.  There are a few select part-time 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 the individual park: Alex Sokolow, , (860) 345-8521.

CT DEEP encourages you to consider applying for seasonal opportunities at alternate locations as your application is under review.   

Selection Plan

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

Selected candidates must be fluent in English and be at least 16 years old or 18 years old, depending on the position. 

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.


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.


Performs work related to the maintenance and operation of DEEP managed lands and facilities including, but not limited to, trail blazing, mapping, bridge building, litter pickup, cleaning, mowing, grass trimming, raking, digging, and painting. May use hand tools; may direct traffic in parking lots; may drive vehicles rated at 3/4 Ton Gross Vehicle Weight or less. Positions are also available for those with additional levels of training and experience. These positions may involve the use of power equipment such as lawn mowers, medium duty vehicles and the use of skills in carpentry, plumbing, mechanical repairs, grounds maintenance.


Ability to follow instructions.


Preferred applicants will be able to work full-time for the entire recreation season and have related experience or training.

Special Preference:  Willingness to do manual labor in an outdoor environment. Willingness to hike several miles per day and work outdoors in all weather conditions, occasionally in remote locations. Previous experience in trail maintenance, carpentry, janitorial work, landscaping or a skilled trade preferred; must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.


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.


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.