Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

American Shad and Sturgeon Projects

Recruitment #220915-3492VR-001


Are you looking for a temporary position where you can make a positive impact? 
If so, read below and apply today! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) is seeking to hire Seasonal Resource Assistants for the American Shad and Sturgeons Projects. 

About Us
CT 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.

Position highlights
The mission of the Bureau of Natural Resources (BNR) is to conserve and enhance Connecticut’s fish, wildlife and forest resources and to enhance opportunities for public use and appreciation. BNR is charged with managing the state’s natural resources (particularly fish, wildlife, and forests) through a program of regulation, management, research, and public education.

BNR's Fisheries Division has current opportunities for several Seasonal Resource Assistants for the American Shad and Sturgeon Projects. These selected candidate will assist in conducting a variety of field, laboratory and office work.  These positions provide opportunities for practical experience in fisheries monitoring, data collection, and lab processing techniques.

This is a temporary position, working approximately 6 months, no more than 1,030 hours. 

The project location is based out of DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme, CT.  Employees would be expected to drive to Old Lyme each workday for office work or field work. 

The pay rate varies from $14.00 to $17.00 per hour depending on education and experience. There are no benefits or housing provided. Holidays are paid after 90 calendar days.


Selection Plan

To Apply
• In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
• The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
• Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
• All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to

Important Information After You Apply

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• Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
• The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

For questions specific to this position, please contact: Jacqueline Benway at

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Mackenzie Coleman at


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 include, but are not limited to: sampling several days per week aboard small open boats using a variety of fishing gear types (trawl, gillnet, seine), laboratory fish processing, processing and aging various fish structures, cleaning and maintaining sampling gear, conducting data entry, and following data quality assurance procedures. Other duties may include interacting with the public at Public Outreach events. Successful applicants must be able to lift & move 50 lbs., deploy and haul fishing gear in various hydrographic conditions, embark/disembark unassisted from an anchored vessel into waist deep water, work outside in inclement weather and work outside for extended periods. Selected candidates will work under supervision and will also work independently at times.


Ability to follow instructions.


Preferred applicants will be able to work full-time for the full six-month duration of the position and have related experience or training. Other preferred qualifications include:

• A college degree in the Biological Sciences, including coursework in fisheries or a related field. Candidates with work experience in a related field may also be considered.
• Experience with fishing, boating, and boat trailering
• Experience conducting fisheries field work
• Experience with fish identification and use of dichotomous keys
• Experience with use of Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Access
• Experience with data entry and quality assurance/control procedures
• Experience with field data collection techniques
• Experience in fish aging techniques and protocols


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.

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