Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Assistant Division Director

Recruitment #210209-3400MP-001


Are you a highly motivated outdoor enthusiast looking to advance your career? 
If so, we have a terrific opportunity for you to explore! 

About Us: 

At the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources, the environment, and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy. 

Within the Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse (WRLR), there is the Water Planning and Management Division (WPMD), our mission is to monitor, assess, and restore the water quality of Connecticut streams, rivers, and lakes and provide adequate instream water quantity for current and future generations. Programs evolve around state and federal programs for water quality and water quantity in our streams, rivers, lakes, and the Long Island Sound and its embayments. 

Position Highlights: 

Connecticut has over 6,000 miles of streams and rivers and over 2,000 lakes and reservoirs, as well as 600 square miles of estuarine water in Long Island Sound. Managing these precious resources is one of DEEP's most critical missions. This position is essential to coordinating with US EPA and meeting federal Clean Water Act requirements. The ultimate goal is to provide fishable, swimmable waters throughout the state for the use and enjoyment of all Connecticut citizens. If water science and water resources are important to you, then this may be the position for you! 

With this goal in mind, WPMD is currently looking for an Assistant Division Director - Water Planning, centrally located at our downtown Hartford office, 79 Elm Street, across from historic Bushnell Park. This is a full-time, forty (40) hours per week, Monday to Friday, position. However, telework orders are currently in place for office work associated with this position due to conditions created by COVID-19, and such telework will continue until such conditions and orders change. 

This position affords a dedicated and experienced environmental manager committed to public service and environmental protection, an exciting opportunity! The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced workplace with a talented and committed group of professionals, planning for Connecticut's water future. 

What We Can Offer You: 

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes:
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work/life balance. 
Explore the Opportunities Available to You:

Selection Plan

This position is competitive and open to the public.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. You must reply by the deadline indicated on the notification or you will be automatically disqualified from consideration. 

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred requirements of the position. 

Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. 

Applicants invited to interview will be requested to supply the following: 

Non-State Employees

  • Three (3) professional references
State Employees

  • Last two (2) performance appraisals


In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, this class is accountable for assisting in the direction of the staff and programs of a scientific, regulatory or technical division.


Assists in direction of staff and operations of division; determines priorities, coordinates plans and manages activities; assists in formulating program goals and objectives and ensures implementation of same; assists in development of related policy, goals and objectives; interprets and administers pertinent laws and regulations; evaluates staff performance; provides or directs staff training and development; assists in preparation of division budget; prepares and/or oversees preparation of reports and correspondence; performs public relations tasks; oversees special projects; serves as director in his/her absence; establishes and maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of division who might impact on program activities; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of environmental protection principles, techniques, practices and issues; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable ability to apply relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; analytical, organizational and negotiating skills.


Nine (9) years of professional experience in natural resource management, environmental conservation, energy research, energy planning, energy policy development, public outdoor recreation, pollution prevention, reduction and management, environmental regulatory programs or other related environmental protection field.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity responsible for the supervision of professional and technical support staff performing environmental protection work. Notes:
1. Supervisory capacity is interpreted as scheduling, assigning and overseeing work, establishing performance standards for employees and taking corrective measures to implement those standards.
2. For State Employees, the Special Experience is interpreted at the level of Environmental Protection Supervising Sanitary Engineer (Environmental Protection), Environmental Protection Supervising Air Pollution Control Engineer, Environmental Protection Supervising Civil Engineer, Environmental Protection Supervising Environmental Analyst, Environmental Protection Supervising Forester, Environmental Protection Supervising Fisheries Biologist, Environmental Protection Supervising Wildlife Biologist or other comparable supervisory title responsible for the supervision of professional and technical support staff performing environmental protection work.


1. College training in a scientific or technical discipline related to the environmental field, including but not limited to the biological, earth, or physical sciences; environmental planning; environmental law; economics; leisure services; geographic information systems; geography with a concentration in geographic information systems; natural sciences; natural resources may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in a scientific or technical discipline related to the environmental field as listed above including but not limited to the biological, earth, or physical sciences; environmental planning; environmental law; economics; leisure services; geographic information systems; geography with a concentration in geographic information systems; natural sciences; natural resources may be substituted for five (5) years of the General Experience.
3. A law degree with a concentration in environmental protection or doctorate degree in a field related to environmental protection may be substituted for six (6) years of the General Experience.
*Note: Education may only be substituted for a total of six (6) years.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience applying management principles and techniques; 
  • Demonstrated leadership experience exercising critical thinking, leading a highly technical staff, managing productivity, defining expectations, establishing measurable goals, and developing strategic plans; 
  • Experience communicating effectively in a clear and concise manner through phone, mail or email, and in person interactions with the regulated community, state and federal agencies, and environmental advocacy groups; 
  • Experience working with environmental protection principles, techniques, practices and issues related to water quality, water quantity, monitoring and assessment, and watershed management; 
  • Experience managing state and federal grants and budgets;
  • Knowledge of and experience applying state and federal laws, statutes and regulations, and agency policies and procedures to variable and diverse situations. 



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.