Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery

Recruitment #230112-3492VR-004


Are you looking to help protect Connecticut's beautiful landscape? If so, we have a unique seasonal opportunity for you!

The Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery is responsible for the production of the majority of the state’s trout and has four main areas: The Hatch House is used to incubate and hatch the fish eggs.  When the fish reach 3” in size, they are moved to the intermediate tanks. Intermediate Tanks consist of 30 circular tanks 20 feet in diameter.  Each tank can hold up to 30,000 3" fish.  The fish remain in these tanks until they are 6-8" in length when they are transferred to the outside grow out tanks. Grow-Out Tanks consist of 40 outside circular tanks 50 feet in diameter.  They are covered by netting to control predatory birds.  Each tank can hold up to 13,000 6-8" fish.  The trout will remain in these tanks until they are ready for stocking. Brood Stock Raceways consist of 20 raceways 50' long by 6' wide.  Brood stock are the fish that provide the eggs needed for use in the hatch house.

This state-of-the-art numerical control facility is managed from the control center located in the main office where the operator can observe water quality, monitor well pumps, program feeding systems, program/access alarms and review historical trends of the facility.  There is an onsite backup generator that can supply power to the entire complex as necessary. The secure spawning area and the hatch house are managed for disease prevention and monitored for quality assurance. The photoperiod (length of daylight) of the fish is manipulated for controlled growth patterns as determined by the needs of Fisheries Management efforts.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Bureau of Natural ResourcesFisheries Division is currently recruiting for diverse and talented Seasonal Resource Assistants to be part of our team at the Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery in Plainfield, Connecticut.

Anticipated duration these positions are 6 months; Monday – Friday and or Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM. There are no benefits for these positions.


As a Seasonal Resource Assistant in the Fisheries Division, you will be assisting our DEEP Staff with work at the hatchery in programmatic responsibilities of the position.
          ABOUT DEEP

          The 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.

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          For inquiries specific to the position and regarding status of your application, please contact Christopher Martin at

          To learn more about what it's like as a Seasonal Resource Assistant, check out the video below! 

          Selection Plan

          This is a non-competitive recruitment, 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.
          • Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.
          TO APPLY

          • Complete a Master Application and directly apply to this recruitment.
          • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.

          • The recruitment process may take several months. Due to volume, we are unable to give individual application updates. We encourage applicants to review their application status via their Personal Status Board on JobAps.
          • Please regularly check your email for notifications (be sure to check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.)


          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.


          Assisting with the propagation of trout from egg to adult, cleaning fish rearing units, weighing feed and feeding fish, stocking trout throughout the state. Performs general maintenance tasks at facilities owned by or under control of the Department including but not limited to mowing lawns, raking, picking up trash, cleaning restrooms, washing vehicles, brush cutting and snow removal.


          Ability to follow instructions.


          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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