Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Patrol Officers

Various State Parks and Recreation Areas

Recruitment #210120-3491VR-001


Looking to help protect Connecticut's beautiful state parks and forests? If so, we have an outstanding opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, Environmental Conservation Police Division, has multiple opportunities for Seasonal Patrol Officers (SPO) throughout the State Park system.

The mission of the State Environmental Conservation Police is to provide natural resource protection and public safety through education, outreach and enforcement. SPOs assist the State Environmental Conservation Police through primary park visitor contact, interaction with the public to assist them in the safe and orderly enjoyment of department resources and activities and enforcement of laws and regulations.

Key details:
  • Hours: 40 hours per week positions with both first and second shift available.
  • Locations: Primarily at State Parks, Forests, Waterways and recreation areas.
  • Salary: $15 to $20 per hour. No benefits.
  • Length of position: March 1, 2021 through December 15, 2021.
There are positions available for both POST certified officers and non-POST certified individuals.

Those without POST certification must successfully complete one hundred and twenty (120) hours of mandated training prior to May 15th.

These positions will be performing unarmed security and patrol duties in assigned State Parks.

All other POST certified officers will perform Police Officer patrol duties primarily at State Parks, Forests, Waterways and recreation areas.


Connecticut’s system of state parks and forests, state boat launches, and waterways, provide many opportunities for outdoor recreation for residents and visitors alike. These range from camping and fishing to hiking, boating, and picnicking.

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For questions specific to the position or about the status of your application, please contact Sgt. Steve Stanko via phone at 860-424-3446 or via email at

Selection Plan

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

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

The selected candidates must be fluent in English and have valid motor vehicle license. Applicants must have reached their 21st birthday prior to May 15, 2021.

The 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.

Selected candidates will have been:
  • Employed as a special conservation officer by DEEP's EnCon Police in 2020 with valid POST certification or Currently employed as a Connecticut certified police officer with a current POST card, or
  • Retired in good standing within the last 3 years from a Connecticut police agency without any unresolved or pending disciplinary action as a sworn officer with a valid POST certification, or
  • Successfully complete one hundred and twenty (120) hours Seasonal Ranger, DEEP provided training course prior to May 15th.


In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, performs patrol officer duties of a seasonal nature.


As a Law Enforcement Officer with primary park visitor contact, interacts with the public to assist them in the safe and orderly enjoyment of department resources and activities; enforces laws and regulations; governing visitor behavior and the use of department lands and facilities; investigates and prepares reports of unusual occurrences; works under a State Encon Police Sergeant; may supervise other seasonal employees as assigned.


Knowledge of criminal and motor vehicle laws and law enforcement procedures; knowledge of boating laws and regulations; knowledge of regulations pertaining to use of parks and forest lands; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills.


The preferred candidate will have considerable interpersonal skills, knowledge of Connecticut police procedures and the ability to work weekends and holidays.


1. Incumbents in this class 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 to meet the following:

a. Proof of possession of a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

b. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification.

3. Incumbents performing patrol officer functions must currently possess Police Officer Standard Training (POST) certification or be eligible for POST recertification without completing the Basic Training program again (i.e. must be current or retired within two (2) years of last POST certified required employment) or Connecticut State Police (CSP) Academy certification (must be current or retired within two (2) years of last CSP certified required employment). Must pass a seasonal patroller training course as approved by the Connecticut State Police.


Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain adequate physical strength and stamina to perform the duties of the class.



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.