Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery

Recruitment #210111-3492VR-001


Are you looking for an interesting and rewarding seasonal job? If so, we have a terrific opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Bureau of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division, currently has several openings for EP Seasonal Resource Assistants at the Quinebaug Valley Hatchery in Planfield.

Duties for this position include:
  • Loading stocking trucks
  • Stocking trout in lakes and rivers across the state
  • Spawning, feeding and transporting fish within the hatchery
  • Building and grounds maintenance
Pay: $12.00 - 14.00 per hour. There are no benefits for these positions.

The duration of these positions is six (6) months, Monday – Friday and or Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM.


The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (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 Quinebaug Valley Hatchery is responsible for the production of the majority of the state’s trout and has four main areas: The Hatch House is used to incubate and hatch the fish eggs. When the fish reach 3” in size, they are moved to the intermediate tanks. Intermediate Tanks consist of 30 circular tanks 20 feet in diameter. Each tank can hold up to 30,000 3" fish. The fish remain in these tanks until they are 6-8" in length when they are transferred to the outside grow out tanks. Grow-Out Tanks consist of 40 outside circular tanks 50 feet in diameter. They are covered by netting to control predatory birds. Each tank can hold up to 13,000 6-8" fish. The trout will remain in these tanks until they are ready for stocking. Brood Stock Raceways consist of 20 raceways 50' long by 6' wide. Brood stock are the fish that provide the eggs needed for use in the hatch house.

This state of the art numerical control facility is managed from the control center located in the main office where the operator can observe water quality, monitor well pumps, program feeding systems, program/access alarms and review historical trends of the facility. There is an onsite backup generator that can supply power to the entire complex as necessary. The secure spawning area and the hatch house are managed for disease prevention and monitored for quality assurance. The photoperiod (length of daylight) of the fish is manipulated for controlled growth patterns as determined by the needs of Fisheries Management efforts.

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Selection Plan

Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.

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

Selected candidates must be at least 16 years old, have the ability to perform strenuous tasks (including lifting up to 50 lbs.) and have good interpersonal skills.


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.


  • Assist with the propagation of trout from egg to adult
  • Cleaning fish rearing units
  • Weighing feed and feeding fish
  • Stocking trout throughout the state
  • Performs general maintenance tasks at facilities owned by or under control of the Department including but not limited to mowing lawns, raking, picking up trash, cleaning restrooms, washing vehicles, brush cutting and snow removal


Ability to follow instructions.


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.