Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Cottontail Rabbit Research Project

Recruitment #191007-3492VR-001



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 Wildlife Division is charged with advancing the conservation, use, and appreciation of Connecticut’s wildlife resources. 

The Wildlife Division is seeking to hire one (1) Seasonal Resource Assistant to work on the cottontail rabbit research project. The position is mostly field work, with some office work. 

The position is up to forty (40) hours per week.  

Pay Rate: $11.00 - 14.00 per hour depending on education and experience. There are no benefits.

Approximately 6 months (no more than 1,030 hours), starting in October/November.

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

Questions about these positions should be directed to: Howard Kilpatrick, 860-334-3178,

Selection Plan

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

The selected candidate must be fluent in English and be at least 18 years old. 

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

The selected candidate must have a valid Motor Vehicle Operator license.


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.


Job duties will include live-trapping rabbits and collecting biological data, attaching radio collars and ear tags, and releasing rabbits or transporting rabbits to a captive breeding facility; conducting statewide fecal pellet surveys and recording habitat data, as part of a regional monitoring program; recording habitat data at habitat restoration sites, as part of a long-term monitoring program; data entry; and other duties, assigned.


Ability to follow instructions.


Good communication and organizational skills, and knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access. 



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.