Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Long Island Sound Monitoring Program

Recruitment #201209-3492VR-002

Introduction



Are you looking for an interesting and rewarding seasonal job? Look no further!

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.

  • Location: Main office work location is at the Windsor Water Lab. Field work is conducted out of Old Lyme and Milford. (See Example of Duties section below for more information)
  • Length of Position: 1,040 hours.
  • Pay rate: $12.00 to $14.00 per hour depending on education and experience.
  • Benefits: None.
Background


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.

Selection Plan

Note: Do not submit a cover letter. Applicants must only include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application submission.

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

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.

For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobApps, please contact Jake Ferrari via email at jake.ferrari@ct.gov.

For questions specific to this position, please contact Supervising Environmental Analyst, Christopher Bellucci, via phone at (860) 424-3735, or via email at Christopher.Bellucci@ct.gov.

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

Seasonal employees assist the Program staff in performing tasks associated with an intensive water quality-monitoring program of Long Island Sound. Three to four days (8 – 14 hours each) biweekly will be spent on Long Island Sound aboard the research vessel John Dempsey measuring various water quality and environmental parameters. 

R/V John Dempsey
  • Collecting and filtering in situ and grab water samples for nutrient analysis
  • Collecting phytoplankton and zooplankton to assess community structure
Main Office
  • Organizing water quality data
  • Natural resource mapping
  • Data entry

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Ability to follow instructions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will have:
  • College level course work and/or experience in one or more of the following; water quality monitoring, aquatic biology, limnology, ecology, microbiology, entomology, or environmental science.
  • Experience using and completing tasks on personal computers. 
  • Boating experience.
  • Mechanical ability and experience.
  • ArcMap GIS experience would also be beneficial.

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.