Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Forest Protection Program

Recruitment #201228-3492VR-003


Are you looking to help protect Connecticut's beautiful landscape? If so, we have a terrific seasonal opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Forestry Division is currently recruiting for a Seasonal Resource Assistant position in the Forest Protection Program. This position will work out of the Western District's Joseph Bigwood Forest Fire Headquarters/Middlebury Garage location in Middlebury and may work statewide as needed.

  • Schedule: Work week is unscheduled, but primarily Monday-Friday, some weekends.
  • Hours: Up to 40 hours a week, some overtime possible.
  • Salary: $12-14 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience. No benefits.
  • Duration: Positions are 1030 hours. Job starts between March 1 and March 15, 2021.
  • Location: Joseph Bigwood Forest Fire Headquarters/Middlebury Garage, Middlebury, 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 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. 

For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobApps, please contact Jake Ferrari via email at

For questions specific to this position, please contact Amy Burgess, Western Forest Fire Control Officer, via email at

Selection Plan

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 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.


Work under the direction of 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. 

Perform work related to the maintenance and operation of DEEP managed lands and facilities including, but not limited to: painting, cleaning, mowing. 

Operate necessary equipment; perform routine preventative maintenance on equipment; may drive fire response vehicles over 26,100 pounds. 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.

May perform basic clerical duties.


Ability to follow instructions.


  • Experience with wildfire response
  • Experience building and maintaining fire equipment
  • Experience with chainsaws
  • Experience with GPS and/or Avenza
  • Possession of a Commercial Drivers License or Q equivalent for fire apparatus


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.