Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Franklin Swamp Wildlife Management Area

Recruitment #190715-3492VR-003



The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with conserving, improving and protecting the natural resources and the environment of the state of Connecticut as well as making cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy available for the people and businesses of the state.  The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs and to fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state.

DEEP's Bureau of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, is charged with advancing the conservation, use, and appreciation of Connecticut’s wildlife resources. The Franklin Swamp Wildlife Management Area is part of the Wildlife Division. It offers walking trails, an exhibit room, hunter safety information and licensing, as well as wildlife information.

The Wildlife Division is seeking to hire a Seasonal Resource Assistant to work with the Division’s Deer Program to monitor deer for the presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD). The position is based at the Wildlife Division’s Franklin Swamp Wildlife Management Area in North Franklin, CT.

The position is first shift, 35 hours per week.

Salary:  $11.00 – $13.00 / hour, depending on education and experience. No benefits or housing. 

Length of position: Approximately 6 months (no more than 1,030 hours), starting in mid-September.

Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.

Questions about this position should be directed to: Andrew LaBonte, Deer Program Biologist, 860-418-5921,

Selection Plan

This position is non-competitive. Open to the public.

The selected candidate must be fluent in English, be at least 21 years old and have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license. Vehicle and gas will be provided.

The selected candidate must possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (including ablity to lift 55 pounds), and work well with other staff and members of the public. 

Rabies vaccinations will be offered at no cost.  


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.


Research assignments will consist of monitoring for chronic wasting disease by collecting road-killed and hunter-killed deer from various locations throughout the state. Will need to coordinate with local butcher shops, public works, Department of Transportation, and hunters to collect tissue samples for testing. Tissue samples will be extracted, preserved, packaged, and shipped out for testing. Entering and summarizing data will be required.  


Ability to follow instructions.


Background in natural resource science.

Solid organization skills.

Ability to coordinate efforts with volunteers and co-workers and work independently.

Experience conducting field necropsies.

Experience with Microsoft Excel.


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.