Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Habitat Management Program

Recruitment #180413-3492VR-003

Introduction

 

The mission of the DEEP Wildlife Division is to advance the conservation, use, and appreciation of Connecticut’s wildlife resources. The Division’s Habitat Management Program supports this mission by managing for a diversity of habitats on our system of 109 state-owned wildlife management areas, as well as state forests and other state and private lands. These lands support wildlife-based recreation, including hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife viewing and the Habitat Program is responsible for managing and maintaining these areas to support that use. A range of techniques are used to manage habitat, including forest harvests, mulching and mowing, prescribed burning, invasive plant control, and open marsh water management. Areas require a variety of maintenance to support safe public access for wildlife-based recreation. Individuals will have the opportunity to work closely with state agency wildlife biologists and a wide range of staff responsible for managing wildlife habitat across the state. 

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Wildlife Division is seeking to hire a total of two (2) Seasonal Resource Assistants to work within the Habitat Management Program to assist with GIS mapping (ArcMap10.2), data bases, habitat technical assistance, and other administrative duties.

The main work location will be the DEEP’s Eastern District Headquarters in Marlborough.

The positions are thirty-five (35) to forty (40) hours per week, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 am – 5:00 pm (hours flexible). Occasional weekend and evening work required.

The selected candidates must have a valid driver’s license and an excellent driving record. 

Salary: The pay rate varies from $10.10 to $14.00 per hour, depending on education and experience. There are no benefits with these positions.  

Length of position: Approximately six (6) months, (no more than 1,030 hours).

Applicants are required to upload a cover letter and resume with their submission. (NOTE: in order to upload documents you must ensure that your internet browser’s ‘pop-up’ blocker is off. Failure to do so may prevent you from being able to upload documentation into JobAps.). Questions about these required documents should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office:  Teresa Munson, teresa.munson@ct.gov, (860)424-3187.

Selection Plan

These positions are non-competitive. Open to the public.

Selected candidates must be fluent in English and be at least 18 years old. 

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.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

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.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

The employee will support the Habitat Management Program by performing the following duties under direct supervision of Wildlife Biologists: (1) Using ArcMap10.2 to create, organize, and maintain maps for state and private land habitat management assessments, plans, projects, site designations, hunting review team reports, and various technical guidance; (2) Gather and summarize data to provide a range of technical assistance to private landowners, conservation groups, and municipal, state, and federal agencies via oral and written communication; (3) Update and maintain project and expenditure tracking data bases; (4) Assess state and private land habitat for wildlife habitat management potential via site visits to aid in preparation of habitat management plans and projects proposals and/or technical assistance, (5) Assist in the preparation of general technical assistance material in cooperation with Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners as needed; (6) Conduct field inspections of State agricultural lands to document land use activities and Licensee compliance with established license agreements. (7) Respond to phone calls from the public relating to various Wildlife Division programs and responsibilities (e.g., state land access, hunting regulations, wildlife identification, wildlife-human conflicts, etc.), and provide written guidance and outreach materials as needed. (8). Other duties may include assisting seasonal maintainers, and/or biologists with habitat management field tasks including vegetative surveys, boundary posting, and mowing and herbiciding to control invasives (applicant may be requested to obtain a DEEP pesticide applicator’s license and assist in applying herbicides on undesirable vegetation – training, study documents, and testing will be provided by DEEP at no cost to the employee). Additional duties may include pelt tagging, data entry, basic report preparation, filing, and drafting purchase requests. Opportunities to assist on other field projects (e.g., goose banding, wildlife surveys, forest inventory, public outreach, etc.) may be made available as time allows and according to employee interest.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Ability to follow instructions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preferred candidates have:

1) a college degree or post high school training in wildlife science, ecology, biology, or related field;

2) be proficient in the use of ArcGIS (ArcMap10.2), Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint;

3) ability to use a variety of data sources and maps to locate sites, perform assessments, and provide technical assistance;

4) good written and oral skills;

5) ability to organize, track, and summarize data using Excel spreadsheets;

6) familiarity with habitat assessment, management plans, and use of GIS interpretation for wildlife resource management planning;

7) ability to work as a team member or independently. Knowledge of hunting and trapping regulations is helpful. Employee must be willing to work out of doors in natural habitats in a variety of adverse weather conditions and under potentially hazardous field conditions (e.g., bee stings or insect bites, poison ivy, rocky terrain, etc.).  

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

PHYSICAL 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.

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.



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