Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Cockaponset State Forest - Trail Crew

Recruitment #210104-3492VR-003


Do you desire the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while exploring our beautiful State Parks? 
If so, consider joining our seasonal team! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, State Parks Division is currently looking to fill multiple Seasonal Resource Assistant positions at Cockaponset State Forest in Haddam for the trail crew. 

About Us: 

The CT State Parks and Forests are your go-to outdoor destination! Located around the state, our 110 state parks and 32 state forests offer a place for every outdoor enthusiast to refresh and recharge by visiting recreation areas, museums, and nature centers all while enjoying our state's historic, cultural and natural resources. 

Cockaponset, named after an Indian chief who's buried in the Ponset section of Haddam, is the second largest state forest in Connecticut. The development of this area for recreational purposes allows visitors to fully enjoy the attractiveness of the land, woods, and streams within the forest. 

Position Highlights: 

We are seeking multiple Trail Crew members who will be a part of a select group of individuals chosen to concentrate on improved trail projects throughout Cockaponset State Forest. The minimum age is 16 and the preferred candidates will be 18 and over. 

The approximate dates of employment are:
  • mid-April to mid-October;
  • mid-May to Labor Day.
The anticipated start dates vary by position and runs through the recreation season. The anticipated duration is a maximum of 1030 hours. 

The pay rates are $12.00 to $14.00 an hour depending on relevant skills and experience. No benefits will be provided. 

Most positions are typically first shift, but other positions will be second shift. Typically positions are 5 days per week, and include mandatory weekend and holiday shifts. There are a few select part-time positions available. 

We encourage you to consider applying for seasonal opportunities at alternate locations as your application is under review. 

Contact Information: 

For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobAps, please contact Tyler Cashman at

Any inquiries regarding the status of your application for this park's positions must be made directly to the individual park. You can contact Alex Sokolow at

Selection Plan

These positions are non-competitive and open to the public.

Selected candidates must be fluent in English and be at least 16 years old or 18 years old, depending on the position. 

Selected candidates must possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (including work outside in inclement weather and work outside for extended periods), and work well with other staff and members of the public. 

Please do not submit a cover letter. Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume in the "Resume Tab" of your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. 


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.


Performs work related to the maintenance and operation of DEEP managed lands and facilities including, but not limited to, trail blazing, mapping, bridge building, litter pickup, cleaning, mowing, grass trimming, raking, digging, and painting. May use hand tools; may direct traffic in parking lots; may drive vehicles rated at 3/4 Ton Gross Vehicle Weight or less. Positions are also available for those with additional levels of training and experience. These positions may involve the use of power equipment such as lawn mowers, medium duty vehicles and the use of skills in carpentry, plumbing, mechanical repairs, grounds maintenance.


Ability to follow instructions.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • The ability to work full-time for the entire recreation season; 
  • Related experience and training. 


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.

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.