Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Intern (35 Hour)

Recruitment #220329-0196ES-001

Introduction



Looking for an entry level position in the environmental field?
If so, we invite you to check out this outstanding opportunity!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), is currently looking for an Environmental Intern within the Land & Water Resources Division (LWRD) located in Hartford. May 2022 graduates are encouraged to apply!

POSITION DETAILS
LWRD specifically provides land use planning and regulatory services directed to the management and protection of Long Island Sound, tidal and inland wetlands and watercourses. LWRD directly processes and reviews water and coastal resource permit applications, conducts investigations of violations of environmental laws and initiates appropriate enforcement actions, and assists municipal partners in their administration of coastal and inland land use regulation.

This position is full-time, 35 hours per week position on first shift. Schedule is Monday-Friday with flexible hours (within reason). Hybrid work schedule is available.

Duties are performed within the context of the administration and implementation of coastal wetland, inland wetland and water resource regulatory programs. In this position, you will:
  • Review and analyze effects of water resource and land use development projects on natural resources including wetland, wildlife, fisheries, floodplains and aquatic resources.
  • Evaluate projects for consistency with environmental laws, regulations and policies.
  • Review detailed site plans, environmental reports, engineering analyses and other natural resource documents.
  • Review, and make final recommendations and determinations on permit applications seeking authorization for regulated wetland and water resource activities.
  • Evaluate and develop project modifications, alternatives and special conditions to avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts to natural resources, including but not limited to: floodplains, wetlands, watercourses, fisheries, state listed species and coastal resources and uses.
  • Conduct field, geospatial, photographic and regulatory records investigations, to assess existing versus proposed site conditions.
  • Prepare written documents including, environmental permits, environmental impact assessments, legal notices, and correspondence.
  • Prepare formal and informal enforcement actions, documents and reports, and make recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Provide technical consultation to local, regional, state, federal officials and the public.
  • Represent the Department as an expert witness and provide testimony on natural resources and environmental issues at public hearings.
Incumbents in this position may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from field inspection environments and moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year-round weather conditions.

We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year!

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ABOUT US

DEEP is charged with developing policies and programs to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, conserve, improve and protect Connecticut's natural resources and environment, and provide equitable access to broadband and affordable, clean and reliable energy to 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, equitable and prosperous economic future.

Within the Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse (WPLR), our mission is to work together for the restoration, protection and conservation of Connecticut's water and land resources for current and future generations.

Selection Plan

This position is Non-Competitive. This position is open to the public.

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. Please specify your qualifications on your application.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

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, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board  (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.

Questions about this recruitment should be directed to Jake Ferrari via email at jake.ferrari@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state agency receives training in introductory professional environmental work for the development of technical and professional skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement to the professional environmental work of the agency; performs a wide variety of increasing difficult duties as technical skills are acquired during the course of the training period.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Review and analyze effects of water resource and land use development projects on natural resources including wetland, wildlife, fisheries, floodplains and aquatic resources.
  • Evaluate projects for consistency with environmental laws, regulations and policies.
  • Review detailed site plans, environmental reports, engineering analyses and other natural resource documents.
  • Review, and make final recommendations and determinations on permit applications seeking authorization for regulated wetland and water resource activities.
  • Evaluate and develop project modifications, alternatives and special conditions to avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts to natural resources, including but not limited to: floodplains, wetlands, watercourses, fisheries, state listed species and coastal resources and uses.
  • Conduct field, geospatial, photographic and regulatory records investigations, to assess existing versus proposed site conditions.
  • Prepare written documents including, environmental permits, environmental impact assessments, legal notices, and correspondence.
  • Prepare formal and informal enforcement actions, documents and reports, and make recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Provide technical consultation to local, regional, state, federal officials and the public.
  • Represent the Department as an expert witness and provide testimony on natural resources and environmental issues at public hearings.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Some knowledge of basic theories, principles and practices of environmental and policy analysis; some knowledge of basic statistics; general knowledge of environmental program planning principles and practices; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; analytical skills; research and organizational skills; ability to understand and interpret legislation and technical data; ability to utilize computer software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

A Bachelor's or Master's degree in a scientific or technical discipline related to the environmental field including but not limited to the biological, earth, or physical sciences; environmental planning; environmental law; leisure services; geographic information systems; geography with a concentration in geographic information systems; environmental or natural sciences; or natural resources.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience or knowledge of municipal, state or federal land use regulatory programs.
  • Experience and college coursework in ecology, wetland science, soils, geology, botany, wildlife management, fisheries, coastal management or other related natural resources field.
  • Experience or training in; reading and interpreting maps, relational databases, aerial photos, or topographic maps.
  • Experience or training in identifying or delineating natural resources.
  • Experience or knowledge in interpreting technical charts, graphs, data tables, drawings and plans, or environmental assessments.
  • Experience working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to complete tasks and meet project objectives.
  • Experience managing projects and multi-tasking.
  • Experience presenting technical information to various audiences.
  • Experience or knowledge of construction activities and methodologies, erosion and sedimentation control measures, stormwater quality management, or low impact development techniques.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from on site environments and moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year round weather conditions.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.