Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Fisheries - Aquatic Invasive Species

Recruitment #210204-3492VR-001


The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Fisheries Division is seeking to hire two Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistants to serve as Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Stewards.  In recent years, hydrilla and other AIS have become increasingly abundant within the Connecticut River.  If left unchecked, AIS have the potential to displace native species as well as impact habitat quality, navigation, recreational opportunities, and property values.  AIS Stewards will play a critical role in increasing public awareness about and preventing the spread of these species both within the Connecticut River and to other waters through education and outreach.  The duty station of these positions is the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) Marine Headquarters located at 333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT, however, the job duties are field-oriented and AIS Stewards will be stationed at public boat launches along the Connecticut River.

Salary:  $12-14 per hour, depending on education and experience.  There are no benefits. 

Length of position:  Six months from date of hire, but no greater than 1040 hours total. 

Questions about these positions should be directed to:  Matthew Goclowski, Fisheries Biologist  (860)424-3926

Selection Plan

  • Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Applicants must be willing to work outside in variable weather conditions and during weekends and holidays.
  • Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application.
Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut. Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity.


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.


• Interacting with and educating boaters at boat launches along the Connecticut River about aquatic invasive species and clean boating practices;
• Perform voluntary inspections of boats and trailers as they enter and exit boat launch areas to check for and remove aquatic invasive plants and animals;
• Assisting with public outreach events, as needed; 
AIS Stewards will receive training in all of the duties listed above.


Ability to follow instructions.


• Knowledge of or experience working with aquatic invasive species.
• College level course work and/or experience in one or more of the following; aquatic biology, limnology, water quality monitoring, ecology, botany, environmental science, or a related field.
• Able to communicate with people on the phone and in person.
• Boating experience is a plus.


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.