Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Municipal Wastewater Program

Recruitment #180416-3492VR-001

Introduction

At the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the environment- and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy. 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.

DEEP’s Water Planning and Management Division has one (1) opening for a Seasonal Resource Assistant, based at DEEP Headquarters at 79 Elm Street in Hartford, CT. This position will provide administrative and technical support to the Division, with an initial focus on the Municipal Wastewater Program and the Water Quality Standards (WQS)/Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Program.  

The Municipal Wastewater Program provides guidance, support, and regulatory oversight to municipalities regarding all aspects of wastewater discharged to Connecticut waterbodies.  The Municipal Wastewater Program administers the technical components of the Clean Water Fund, from planning the required infrastructure up through design and construction oversight.  The Municipal Wastewater Program is responsible for certifying the qualifications of wastewater treatment operators in the state, as well as the classification of wastewater treatment facilities.  On behalf of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Municipal Wastewater Program drafts and issues National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to wastewater treatment facilities, which protect waterbodies throughout Connecticut.  The Municipal Wastewater Program also manages a public webpage that displays real-time notification of sewage overflows to these waterbodies.  

The Water Quality Standards (WQS)/Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Programs are the foundation of Connecticut’s water management efforts. The WQS are a requirement of the Federal Clean Water Act and spell out State policies for a range of water resource issues. The WQS cover both surface waters and ground water resources and set the standards and criteria for supporting designated uses. The WQS provide the support for several environmental programs, including:  NPDES permit issuance, water quality certification programs, industrial remediation programs, as well as state-led monitoring and assessment programs and TMDL development.  A TMDL is a tool used as the framework for restoring polluted waters by establishing a maximum amount of pollution that can be in a waterbody without negative impacts to fish, recreation or other uses.  A TMDL can be thought of as a pollution budget for a waterbody. This position will provide data entry and technical support in the office to Division staff. 

The pay rate varies from $10.10 to $14 per hour depending on education and experience of the Candidate.  There are no benefits or paid holidays with this position.   

Hours per week:  Up to forty (40) hours per week accumulating a maximum of 1,040 hours.  A typical work week is Monday through Friday.

Approximate Dates of Employment: April through October 2018.

Applicants are asked to upload a cover letter and resume with their application 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 and submit your application.)  Questions about these required documents should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office: DEEP.HumanResources@ct.gov or (860) 424-3006. 

Applicants invited to interview will be requested to supply the following: Current State Employees- Last two (2) performance appraisals and attendance records for the last two (2) years; Non-State Employees- three (3) professional references, with contact information.

 

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 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

This position will provide data entry and technical support in the office to Division staff.  Tasks will include extracting water quality and quantity data (e.g., stormwater, nitrogen, combined sewer overflow or CSO) from various reports and entering into a database; reviewing aquatic toxicity reports and evaluating toxicity results with associated chemistry for linked impacts; GIS mapping; literature searches; and other tasks as necessary.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Ability to follow instructions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The Preferred Candidate will be able to work independently as needed.  

College level course work and/or experience in a science- or computer-based field is required.

The Candidate must be proficient with personal computers and software, including Microsoft Office, and especially with spreadsheet and database management.  

The Preferred Candidate will also have ArcMap GIS and/or computer programming skills. 

Ability to communicate well and follow instructions carefully.  Attention to detail.     

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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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.