Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Energy and Environmental Protection Office Director (Program)

Education and Public Outreach Office

Recruitment #190401-1753MP-001



At the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), 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.

DEEP's State Parks and Public Outreach Division mission is to provide natural resource based outdoor recreational and educational opportunities through a system of state parks and forest recreation areas, museums, historic sites and nature centers.    

Connecticut has over 255,000 acres of state-owned public lands that are part of our state park system, with 110 State Parks and 32 State Forest Recreation Areas.  The ultimate goal of the Division is, through the work of our team of dedicated professionals, to provide outstanding recreational and environmental education opportunities across the state. 

With this goal in mind, DEEP is currently looking for an Energy and Environmental Protection Office Director (Program) for the Education and Public Outreach Office. This position affords an exciting opportunity to a dedicated and experienced manager committed to public service and creating positive environmental education and historical interpretation experiences. The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced workplace with a talented and committed group of professionals, working to manage high quality environmental, conservation and outdoor education programs across the state.

If this goal and working to create great experiences for our state’s citizens and visitors are important to you, then this position is the right fit for you.   

This position is full-time, forty (40) hours per week, Monday-Friday, with some weekend, evening and holiday work required.

Location: Will be based in downtown Hartford, CT, at 79 Elm Street, across from historic Bushnell Park, with frequent in-state travel required to manage facilities.

Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application. 

Questions about this position should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office:, (860)424-3006.

Selection Plan

This position is competitive. Open to the public. 

This posting MAY require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. Please regularly check your email for notifications. You must reply by the deadline indicated on the notification or you will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.

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

Selected candidate must have a valid driver’s license.  


In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for the direction of the staff and programs of an office.


Responsible for management of a major program office; interprets and administers pertinent laws; meets with outside agencies to advise on departmental policies and procedures; serves as liaison with other agencies, municipal, state and federal governments; evaluates operations and projects assigned to office; makes recommendations for improvements; provides technical direction to unit staff; provides information to community; represents department at meetings; responds to inquires relating to assigned programs; may advise senior level staff on status of permits, process management, projects, legislation and policy and regulations pertaining to assigned areas of responsibility; directs staff and operations of office; determines priorities and coordinates, plans and manages activities; formulates office goals and objectives and ensures implementation of same; reviews and evaluates effectiveness of established or proposed policies and/or programs assessing options and developing recommendations for improvement; conducts performance evaluations; prepares reports and correspondence; recommends policy; drafts policy statements and regulations; prepares or assists in development of office budget; performs related duties as required.

This Office Director’s primary duties will be to direct the work of staff throughout the Office and its several locations across the state. The Director will determine program priorities and supervise the development and implementation of programming at our state parks, museums, nature centers and environmental centers, as well as, overseeing the management of various facilities.  



Considerable knowledge of relevant environmental, energy, and conservation programs, laws and regulations; considerable knowledge of environmental protection and energy principles, practices and issues; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to apply relevant agency policies and procedures; ability to initiate and direct programs; analytical, negotiating and organizational skills.



Nine (9) years of professional experience in the area of environmental and/or energy regulatory or permitting programs or the operation of environmental and/or energy programs of large scale facilities.


1. College training in a scientific or technical discipline related to energy or environmental fields including but not limited to engineering, biological, physical, earth or environmental sciences, natural resources management, renewable energy, energy conservation or related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's Degree.

2. A Master's Degree in a scientific or technical discipline related to energy or environmental fields including but not limited to engineering, biological, physical, earth or environmental sciences, natural resources management, renewable energy, energy conservation or related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


Nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience managing and implementing environmental, outdoor or conservation education and/or historical interpretation programs and managing environmental and/or historic facilities.   

Experience developing, presenting, assessing and evaluating educational materials for formal (PreK-12) and non-formal educators using best practices for high quality, effective environmental education with a focus on equity and inclusion; experience educating audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds addressing complex environmental and recreational issues; experience developing and/or overseeing the development of scientifically accurate and graphically pleasing displays and exhibits; experience managing  and properly preserving collections; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with business, other government agencies, non-profit organizations and volunteers.   

Demonstrated experience marketing programs and facilities through various methods including, but not limited to, newsletters, websites and social media. 

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in environmental sciences, education, or natural resources with a Master's degree in a related field.  

Demonstrated leadership and personnel management skills including experience leading a decentralized workforce and a proven ability to manage productivity, identify problems, recognize opportunities and inspire and motivate the workforce to achieve the mission of the Office. 

Familiarity with, and experience of, Connecticut’s history, culture, geography, flora, fauna, parks, forests, historic sites, nature centers environmental education centers, museums and programs.   



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.