Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Conservation Education/Firearms Safety

Recruitment #201217-3492VR-004


Looking for an interesting and fulfilling seasonal position? If so, we have an outstanding opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Wildlife Division is seeking to hire a Seasonal Resource Assistant to work with the Conservation Education/Firearms Safety (CE/FS) Program, which provides classes for firearms, hunting, bowhunting, and trapping certification throughout the State of Connecticut. The position is located at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington.

The position is strictly office work but is quite diverse in its scope. You will answer questions on the phone about certification, hunting laws, class schedules, and also providing assistance to the public with nuisance and distressed wildlife or determining who would best assist the caller. You will also issue hunting and fishing licenses. Please see the "Examples of Duties" section below for more information on this position.

Other information:
  • Schedule: 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
  • Salary: $12.00-$14.00/hour, depending on education and experience. No benefits.
  • Length of position: Approximately 6 months (no more than 1,030 hours).
  • Location: Sessions Woods WMA, Burlington, CT.

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 Bureau of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, is charged with advancing the conservation, use, and appreciation of Connecticut’s wildlife resources. The Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area is part of the Wildlife Division. It offers walking trails, an exhibit room, hunter safety information and licensing, as well as wildlife information.

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For questions specific to this position, please contact Patricia Cernik via email at or phone at (860) 424-3017.

Selection Plan

This position is non-competitive. Open to the public.

The selected candidate must be fluent in English, be at least 21 years old and have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.

The selected candidate must possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (including ability to lift 55 pounds), and work well with other staff and members of the public.

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  


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.


  • Works with volunteer Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Instructors.
  • Manages new hunting class information and enters it onto the DEEP website.
  • Keeps track of student registrations.
  • Packs hunting class materials and delivers these materials to instructors in the western portion of the state. Once classes are concluded and class materials are submitted by the instructors, classes are processed for certification, and registration card information is completed and cards are filed.
  • Responsible for answering phone calls. These calls will cover questions concerning hunting certifications, hunting law, class schedules and nuisance and distressed wildlife concerns. Will be required to determine where to forward calls, depending on the questions asked.
  • Issues hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses using a computer. Will be required to use a cash register. Completes daily sales reports and reconciliation.
  • Provides support and assistance to other Wildlife Division programs.
  • Various clerical duties, such as entering data using a variety of computer programs and direct mailings.


Ability to follow instructions.


  • Experience with hunting and the safe handling of firearms
  • Working knowledge of wildlife management practices and the natural history of Connecticut fauna
  • Experience with hunting and trapping laws
  • Experience providing customer service, including over the phone
  • Proficient with computer programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access
  • Knowledge of nuisance and distressed wildlife
  • Experience in wildlife interpretation


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.