Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Harkness State Park

Recruitment #200109-3492VR-001



At the State of ConnecticutDepartment 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, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, Harkness Memorial State Park, 275 Great Neck Rd. Waterford CT, 06385, will be hiring 1-2 Seasonal Resource Assistants  to serve in Park Ranger capacities for winter 2020. As a primary visitor contact, this position interacts with the public to assist them in the safe and orderly enjoyment of department resources and activities, assists with operational, maintenance and protective duties as required.  

Hours of work are 5:00pm to 12:00am, five days per week for a total of 35 hours. Individuals will be expected to work weekends and holidays.

Length of Position: Anticipated start in February 2020. Positions are 1030 hours in duration.

Pay rate varies from $11.00 to $14.00 per hour depending on education and experience. 

There are no benefits or paid holidays.

Seasonal Resource Assistants serving as Park Rangers will be responsible for patrolling over 200 acres of property located in the Harkness Memorial State Park Unit. There are several historic buildings in the park unit that will be the focus of every patrol shift.

For more information about these positions contact Vincent Messino,

Selection Plan

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

The selected candidates must be fluent in English, be at least 18 years old and possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license. 


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.


Seasonal Resource Assistants will be responsible for keeping all buildings and gates secure and free of vandalism. Seasonal Resource Assistants will be expected to keep a comprehensive log of activities encountered on each assigned shift. Log information may be used by DEEP Law Enforcement and the Park Supervisor.  Resource Assistants will be cognizant of all activities taking place on park property and will familiarize themselves with State Park rules and regulations pertaining to these properties. Resource Assistants will be trained in DEEP radio communications and will be issued a two-way radio for communicating with other park unit staff and main dispatch center.    At the end of each shift it will be the responsibility of the Resource Assistants to make sure the patrol vehicle being used has adequate fuel, is clean, and that all necessary mileage sheets and logs are filled out properly.


Ability to follow instructions.


Familiarity with operation of outdoor recreation facilities. Applicants should have good interpersonal skills when interacting with the public.  The preferred candidate will have experience or education in the fields of park and recreation, natural resource management or law enforcement. Seasonal Resource Assistants may be expected to make simple vandalism repairs as needed such as lock replacement, sign replacement etc.


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.


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.



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.