Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Forest Protection Program

Recruitment #191220-3492VR-002

Introduction

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with conserving, improving and protecting the natural resources and the environment of the state of Connecticut as well as making cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy available for the people and businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs and to fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state.  

DEEP's Division of Forestry constantly monitors the danger of forest fire to help protect Connecticut's 1.8 million acres of forested land. Throughout the Spring forest fire season, DEEP sends daily advisories on forest fire danger levels to DEEP's state park forest field staff, municipalities, fire departments and the media. Forest fire danger levels are classified at low, moderate, high, very high or extreme. In an average year approximately 500 acres of Connecticut woodland are burned by forest fires.  

The Forestry Division is currently recruiting for two (2) Seasonal Resource Assistant positions in the Forest Protection Program. These positions will work out of the DEEP's Joseph Bigwood Forest Fire Headquarters/Middlebury Garage location in Middlebury (Western District).  

These positions will work throughout the assigned district and may work statewide as needed. 

Work week is unscheduled, but primarily Monday-Friday, some weekends.  Up to 40 hours a week, some overtime possible.   

Salary: $11-14 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience.  There are no benefits.

Length of positions: Starting March 2020. Positions are 1030 hours in duration.

Questions about these required documents should be directed to Helene Hochholzer  Helene.Hochholzer@ct.gov .

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.

Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, as a limited duration employee, performs one or more of a variety of tasks and assigned duties of a seasonal nature.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

To assist Forest Protection Program and Fire Control Officer in carrying out programmatic duties.  Duties will include wildfire suppression, equipment and facility maintenance, hazard mitigation work, hose washing and testing, improving road and fire pond access, invasive species control work, prescribed burn area preparation, prevention program involvement, and other work as needed.  Performs work related to the maintenance and operation of DEEP managed lands and facilities including, but not limited to painting, cleaning, and mowing.  Operates necessary equipment; performs routine preventative maintenance on equipment; may drive fire response vehicles over 26,100 pounds.  May perform basic clerical duties.  These positions involve the use of machinery and power equipment such as lawn mowers, chain saws, brush cutters, pole pruners, leaf blowers, Bombardiers and UTVs. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Ability to follow instructions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preferred criteria: 

Experience with wildfire response, building and maintaining fire equipment, chainsaws, GPS and/or Avenza.  

Possession of a CDL license or Q equivalent for fire apparatus.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class who are assigned as 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 this class 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 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.







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