Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Maintainer (37.5 Hour Entry Level)

Recruitment #210608-0426TE-001


Are you looking for a seasonal opportunity where you are able to make an impact not just in your community, but also on an individual level? If this sounds like you, the State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) invites you to apply!  

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) – South Region currently has two (2) seasonal full-time job opportunities for a Maintainer to join our team at Camp Harkness.         

Camp Harkness is located in Southeastern Connecticut on the shores of Long Island Sound.  The 102-acre property in Waterford CT is comprised of open and wooded land and includes tidal marsh and beachfront.  Facilities at Camp Harkness include year-round and seasonal cabins, year-round cottages, seasonal tent sites, barnyard animals, picnic pavilions & grills, accessible playscape, scenic walkway and overlook, bathhouse, beach with seasonal boardwalk, gardens, dining hall, lodge, and infirmary.  Camp Harkness is owned by the State of Connecticut and managed by the Department of Developmental Services  

Key Information:

  • Location: Camp Harkness located in Waterford, CT. 
  • Hours: 37.5 hours per week. 
  • Work Schedule:
  • Schedule One:  Fri/Sat/Sun/Weds/Thurs - 7:00am to 3:30pm, Days Off: Mon/Tues.
  • Schedule Two: Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon/Tues – 10:00am to 6:30pm, Days Off: Wed/Thurs.
  • Salary: $17.17 per hour. There are no benefits with this position.
  • Duration: Position will end no later than November 4, 2021.
  • Requirement: Must have a valid Driver’s License.  

The incumbents will perform grounds keeping duties including cleaning and restocking lavatories, lawn care, trash collection and removal, light repairs, set-up and removal of materials for Camp activities and will assist Facility Maintenance with basic plumbing, electric and carpentry.   

These are seasonal positions and DDS permanent employees will not be considered for these positions.  

We hope you take this opportunity to join us and make an impact by serving your state!

Selection Plan

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and specify their qualifications on their application. Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume in the “Resume Tab” of your application as you will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application into the JobAps system.  

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

Applicants must be at least 18 years old as of May 7, 2021.  

Applicants must be able to work for the full season and must complete all required DDS training.    

Selected candidates must possess sufficient strength and physical agility to perform heavy physical labor and work well with other staff and campers. Must have the ability to: understand and follow oral and written instruction; work for extended periods of time in all kinds of weather; must have experience operating a wide variety of grounds maintenance machinery and equipment (commercial mowers, tractors, string trimmers, blowers etc.)  

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQ’s) 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.  

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.    

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

If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Renee LaBarge, DDS EEO Director at (860) 418-6022 or            

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Julie Barker, at


In a state agency this class is accountable for performing basic tasks of an unskilled nature (e.g. requiring little prior experience or training; most tasks can be learned quickly on the job) in one or several of the following areas:

- building and equipment maintenance (operational and remedial)
- grounds care
- food services
- operation of trucks of less than five ton capacity
- parking garage


This position will be responsible for:

  • Grounds keeping duties including cleaning and restocking lavatories;
  • Lawn care;
  • Trash collection and removal;
  • Light repairs;
  • Set-up and removal of materials for Camp activities;
  • Assist Facility Maintenance with basic plumbing, electric and carpentry;
  • Also perform related duties as required.
  • Additional information can be found here.


Some interpersonal skills; some oral and written communication skills; ability to follow oral and written instructions; ability to learn policies and procedures; ability to operate, care for and perform minor maintenance on tools and equipment used in daily work; some ability in simple record keeping.


Any experience and training which provide the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.


Preference will be given to candidates who possess:  

  • Experience operating a wide variety of grounds maintenance machinery and equipment (commercial mowers, tractors, string trimmers, blowers etc.).
  • Maintenance and grounds keeping experience.
  • Basic plumbing, electric and carpentry experience.
  • Experience working with or volunteering with people with disabilities.
  • Experience working in a camp, park or other recreational setting.


Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications.


1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility, visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties of the class.
2. A physical examination may be required.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights and may be exposed to extreme weather conditions and risk of injury from equipment and assaultive and/or abusive patients and/or clients.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to complete an asbestos removal program consistent with EPA guidelines for operations and maintenance during employment in this class. Incumbents may be required to use protective equipment such as respirators and safety goggles.



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.