Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Hammonasset Beach State Park Interpretive Guide Staff

Recruitment #190321-3492VR-005

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, State Parks Division is currently seeking to fill multiple Seasonal Resource Assistant positions at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT, with the interpretive guide staff.  

Hammonasset Beach State Park, is more than just another day at the beach.  Connecticut's largest shoreline park offers over 2 miles of beautiful sandy beach to enjoy swimming, strolling, or just relaxing in the sun and surf.  Each year, almost 100 seasonal employees join with the small full-time staff at the Park to provide and maintain a range of recreational services.  With well over 2 million annual visitors, and one of the largest campgrounds in the country, Hammonasset Beach offers a wide variety of exceptional outdoor recreation experiences for CT resident and visitors alike.  Come join a successful team that has been providing these services to the public for almost 100 years.

Positions Include: (see details under Examples of Duties) 

Interpretive Guide (Meigs Point Nature Center):   Acts as primary visitor contact, works to increase the public's understanding, appreciation, enjoyment of, and concern for the natural resources of our State Parks. Minimum Age:  18 

For Lifeguard, Lifeguard Supervisor and Beach Director positions at Hammonasset Beach, see separate job posting. 

Approximate Dates of Employment:  mid-April – mid-October, mid-May - mid-November, and mid-February - mid August.                               

Pay rates are $10.10 -14.00/hr. depending on relevant skills and experience. No benefits. 

Length of positions:  anticipated start dates vary by position and runs through the recreation season; anticipated duration is a maximum of 1030 hours.  Most positions are typically first shift, but other positions will be second or third shift. Typically positions are 5 days per week, and include mandatory weekend shifts. 

Note: Do not submit a cover letter. Applicants must only include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.  

Any inquiries regarding the status of your application for this park’s positions must be made directly to the individual park: Rebecca Demchak, rebecca.demchak@ct.gov, (860) 424-3940.

CT DEEP encourages you to consider applying for seasonal opportunities at alternate locations as your application is under review.  

Selection Plan

These positions are non-competitive. 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.

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

Interpretive Guide (Meigs Point Nature Center):   Acts as primary visitor contact, works to increase the public's understanding, appreciation, enjoyment of, and concern for the natural resources of our State Parks; conducts a variety of interpretive programs including, but not limited to, lectures, classes, tours, field walks, canoe trips, campfire programs, and special events to a wide variety of audiences; may assist with program development; cleans Nature Center, displays and animal cages/tanks; feeds and cares for animals. Minimum Age:  18. Special Requirements:  A background in either the natural sciences or education is preferred; may be required to possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.   Approximate Dates of Employment:  mid-February – mid-August, mid-April – mid-October and mid-May – mid-November.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Ability to follow instructions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preferred applicants will be able to work full-time for the entire recreation season and have related experience or training.

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.