Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Marine Fisheries Program

Recruitment #210826-3492VR-001


At the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), we are dedicated to conserving, improving, and protecting our natural resources and the environment. The mission of the Bureau of Natural Resources (BNR) is to conserve and enhance Connecticut’s fish, wildlife and forest resources and to enhance opportunities for public use and appreciation. BNR is charged with managing the state’s natural resources (particularly fish, wildlife, and forests) through a program of regulation, management, research, and public education.
Your Role:

The Marine Fisheries Program in BNR’s Fisheries Division currently has an opportunity for a Seasonal Resource Assistant for work on GIS and Sturgeon Projects. The person in this position will assist in a variety of tasks related to spatial analyses of data collected by Marine Fisheries Programs and field operations in support of the Sturgeon Project, such as working on small boats, collecting and processing US Federally Endangered sturgeon. Additionally, gear maintenance and repair may consume a fair amount of time. This position provides opportunities for practical experience in fisheries monitoring, data collection, and lab & computer processing techniques. 

Position Details:

The project location is based out of DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme, CT.  Employees would be required to drive to Old Lyme each workday for office work or field work. 

Length of position: Desired start is early September. Position duration could run for maximum of 1030 hours; non-contractual, may be of shorter duration.

Work Schedule and Pay:

Typically first shift, but hours may vary according to field sampling needs.  Workweek is Monday through Friday, between 8:30am-4:30pm (some flexibility possible).

$13.00-$14.00 per hour depending on relevant education and experience.

Selection Plan

The selected candidate must possess and maintain adequate computer proficiency, physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (including work outside in inclement weather, work outside for extended periods, work onboard small open boats, ability to lift and move 50lbs.) and work well with other staff and members of the public.

For questions specific to this position, please contact Deb Pacileo at

Any questions regarding this recruitment may be directed to Erica McGuinness at


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.


Preparing data and conducting spatial analyses, sampling aboard small open boats using a variety of trawls and gillnets, cleaning and maintaining sampling gear, conducting data entry, and following data quality assurance procedures. Other duties may include interacting with the public at Public Outreach events.  Successful applicants must be able to lift & move 50 lbs., deploy and haul fishing gear in various hydrographic conditions, work outside in inclement weather and work outside for extended periods. Selected candidates will work under supervision and get along well with small boat crews.


Ability to follow instructions.


Preferred applicants will be able to work full-time for the full six month duration of the position and have related experience or training.  Other preferred qualifications include:

  • A college degree in the Biological Sciences including coursework in fisheries, marine GIS applications, or a related field. Candidates with work experience in a related field may also be considered.
  • Experience with ESRI GIS products and analyses, or related software packages
  • Experience with use of Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Access
  • Experience with fishing, boating, and boat trailering
  • Experience conducting fisheries field work
  • Attention to detail very important along with some experience with data entry and quality assurance/control procedures 
  • Ability to follow instructions, get along well with others and respectfully answer questions from the public


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.

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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.