Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Marine Angler Survey Program

Recruitment #190515-3492VR-001

Introduction

        

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Marine Fisheries Program (MFP) is conducting two surveys of marine recreational anglers along CT’s coastline in order to collect fishing trip information. This information includes quantities of kept and released fish, their associated length/weight measurements and other trip effort data. Anglers will be recruited by DEEP staff to voluntarily report their fishing trip information through intercept (questionnaire) creel forms and also with a post marked angler survey catch card. Angler survey data is used to determine recreational harvest of marine fish species, which is critical for stock assessment purposes and ultimately for managing the marine recreational fishery.

Deep's Marine Fisheries Program is seeking two (2) Seasonal Resources Assistants to fill six month positions. Job duties include interacting with the fishing public, interviewing marine anglers from shore, boat launches, at marinas and also on party/charter boats. The job duties may also include: distributing angler survey catch cards to boat anglers at selected fishing sites along the Connecticut coastline, along with organizing data sheets, and performing data entry. Additional duties consist of answering questions queried by the public and providing fisheries related information including fishing regulations.

Location:   DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme, CT. Employees would be expected to drive to Old Lyme each workday whether for office work or field work.

The work week is based on 35 hours with working weekends and holidays required since most fishing efforts occur during those days (days off are during the week but the work schedule is extremely flexible).

Salary:  Pay rate is $11-13/hr. depending on relevant education and experience. No benefits. 

Length of position:  anticipated duration is 1030 hours; non-contractual.

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

An overview of all Marine Fisheries Projects can be found on the CT DEEP Fishing web page: www.ct.gov/deep/fishing

Questions about these positions should be directed to David Molnar, Project Manager, 860-447-4334 or david.molnar@ct.gov

Selection Plan

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

Selected candidates must be fluent in English, be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and an excellent driving record, be highly responsible and make decisions independently. 

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 responsibilities of the incumbent will include, but not be limited to, the following:

·   Successfully complete training, including survey procedures and fish identification tests;

·   Follow documented APAIS survey procedures;

·   Travel to assigned fishing access sites to interview anglers about their fishing experiences;

·   Occasionally work on head boats (for-hire vessels) for at-sea data collection;

·   Accurately identify key species of fish with little aide of field materials (up to 25 or more different species; guides and training will be provided);

·   Complete survey forms and submit to supervisor weekly;

·   Serve as a primary point of contact for Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the recreational fishermen;

·   Answer questions and explain the importance of this federally-funded study;

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Ability to follow instructions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preferred applicants will be able to work full-time for the full 1030 hours (approx. 6 months) and have related experience or training.

·       actively pursuing or have recently completed a college degree in the biological sciences with coursework in fisheries or a related field; degree is preferred but not required

·       proficiency in marine fish identification

·       proficiency in use of Microsoft Access, WORD, Excel, Power Point

·       proficiency in data entry and data analysis

·       experience with fishing and techniques

·       experience in field data collection and editing

·       experience in conducting surveys or customer service

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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