Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Inland Ambient Monitoring Program

Recruitment #201209-3492VR-001


Water has shaped Connecticut’s landscape, eroding the land and leaving behind the varied topography that is Connecticut today. Adequate supplies of clean water are critical to support human societies as well as to maintain healthy ecological communities. Water is used to provide transportation corridors for the movement of people and commerce, as a power source to fuel industry, to irrigate our farms, to provide cooling for electric power generation, and to sustain the fish and shellfish that grace our dinner tables. Water provides recreation for fishermen, boaters, swimmers, and those who simply enjoy the aesthetic beauty of many of our water resources. Most fundamentally, every day, each of us must consume some quantity of water to insure our own personal survival. Each and every living creature has a similar need since water is, in fact, the principal chemical ingredient in all forms of life on earth. 

The quality and quantity of the State’s waters is a reflection of our use and in some case misuse of our water resources. Many are used to dilute and assimilate wastes generated as a result of human activities. Rain washes contaminants out of the atmosphere and off the land surface into our rivers and streams. Damming our rivers to produce electricity or extraction of surface or groundwater water for human use can alter natural streamflow patterns and threaten the sustainability of natural populations of fish and other aquatic life. Poorly planned development, destruction of wetlands, and is some cases a lack of dam maintenance can increase the potential for severe flooding and the destruction of property and loss of life that can be associated with those events.   

Are you looking to contribute to the field of environmental protection and have the flexibility of a seasonal schedule?

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Water Protection and Land Reuse Bureau, Water Planning and Management Division, Water Monitoring Unit, is seeking to hire several Seasonal Resource Assistants to work within the Inland Ambient Monitoring Program.

Position Details: 

  • The main office location is the Windsor Water Lab with field work conducted statewide.
  • Length of Position: Positions are 1,040 hours in duration.
  • The positions are thirty-five (35) hours per week, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am- 3:30 pm (hours flexible). Additional early morning and/or late night hours required when performing fieldwork.
  • The pay rate varies from $12.00 to $14.00 per hour depending on education and experience. There are no benefits with these positions.

Seasonal employees assist the Program staff with water quality monitoring and water resources planning. 

Please see the video for an example of some duties of this position:  

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For questions specific to this position, please contact Supervising Environmental Analyst, Christopher Bellucci at  

Selection Plan

This position is non-competitive and open to the public.

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  • Selected candidates must be fluent in English, be at least 18 years old and possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • 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.
  • Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.


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.


Specific duties include:

  • Water quality sampling at state park beaches, lakes and ponds, and rivers and streams; 
  • Field collection of fish and macroinvertebrate samples; 
  • Water temperature probe deployment; 
  • Laboratory preparation of samples. 
  • Additional duties may include the use and calibration of water quality monitoring instruments; data quality assurance and entry; literature searches; and maintenance and cleanup of the laboratory, instruments, equipment, vehicles and boats. Performs other duties as required.


Ability to follow instructions.


The ideal candidate would have college level course work and/or experience in one or more of the following; water quality monitoring, aquatic biology, limnology, ecology, microbiology, entomology, and environmental science, as well as proficiency with personal computers. Boating experience, mechanical ability, and ArcMap GIS experience would also be beneficial. 


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.