Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Program Specialist (Recreation) (35 Hour

Recruitment #210907-3436EE-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with conserving, improving and protecting the natural resources and the environment of the state of Connecticut as well as making cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy available for the people and businesses of the state.  The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs and to fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state.

The Bureau of Outdoor Recreation consists of the Divisions of Boating, State Parks & Public Outreach, and State Environmental Conservation Police.  Together they administer the state’s outdoor recreation programs and provide for the enforcement of fish and game regulations and boating laws.  


The Boating Division currently has an opening for an EP Program Specialist (Recreation) located in Old Lyme, CT.  This is a full-time (35 hours) position, typically Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, though some weekend hours may occasionally be necessary.

We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year!

DEEP is seeking an enthusiastic and organized person to fill a role in a fast-paced environment.  This position will be assigned to the Boating Division’s Navigation Safety & Boating Infrastructure Unit.  This section is responsible for boat launch maintenance and operations, navigation safety, and permitting activities that support the mission of the division.  

The selected candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and either a Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate or US Coast Guard license, or be able to obtain such within 3 months of hire.  


Specific responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Supervise a section engaged in development and implementation of statewide environmental regulatory programs, recreational boating access programs, and clean water initiatives;  
  • Develop, plan, and implement DEEP’s navigation safety program including regulatory and navigation marker permitting, special use licensing, and marine event permitting; 
  • Conduct on-water field inspections of navigation issues including hazards and regulatory markers;
  • Conduct reviews of navigation issues associated with construction projects, deployment of aquaculture gear, and other potential navigational hazards;  
  • Schedule, assign, oversee, and review work of staff; 
  • Provide staff training and assistance; 
  • Conduct performance evaluations; 
  • Determine priorities and plans office work; 
  • Establish and maintains office procedures; 
  • Coordinate with local, state, and federal officials regarding boating access and navigation safety; and 
  • Assist with public inquiries through in-person, phone, and email interactions
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Selection Plan

Please ensure your application is complete prior to submission.  You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.

Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

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.

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applicants to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F (3a) and 13G (3a).

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


In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, this class is accountable for overseeing major, complex and/or specialized recreation programs and/or projects as well as acting as a technical advisor to field/staff.


Coordinates concession contracts including preparation, advertising, awarding and monitoring of operations at field level; coordinates camping program and reservation system including preparation of literature and review of facilities; coordinates press release information and/or public relations functions for office including preparation, production and distribution of public information literature; prepares long range plans for recreation areas including determination of present and future needs for resource based public outdoor recreation programs: swimming, picnicking, camping, interpretive trails and heritage sites; reviews existing improvements, changes or additions; oversees planning and/or evaluation of department owned lands and prospective acquisitions for recreational potential, developing master plans for public use; recommends acquisition of potentially valuable recreational sites; prepares design plans and/or specifications for recreational facilities; reviews plans submitted by consultants for soundness of design, operational practicality and environmental impact; coordinates and/or oversees training programs and develops training media; reviews and/or advises on public recreation rules and regulations; assists in preparation of department budget; coordinates lifeguard and first aid programs including recruitment, testing, field inspection, training and water safety guidelines; advises and/or instructs Park and Recreation Supervisors on programs, policies and regulations involving recreational resource management; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of park administration, operation and maintenance; considerable knowledge of land use planning and/or design; knowledge and ability to initiate and direct natural resource management programs; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to utilize computer software; ability to read and/or interpret architectural and engineering documents; some supervisory ability.


Eight (8) years of technical experience in the development, operation and maintenance of parks and outdoor recreation facilities.


1. College training in natural resources management, park administration or related 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 natural resources management, park administration or related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience with a variety of boating issues, including but not limited to, navigation rules and regulations, aids to navigation, on-water recreation, boating access infrastructure, vessel operations, and boating safety protocols 
  • Experience conducting land-use or water-use permitting, including but not limited to, Marine Event Permits, Special Use Licenses, or navigation regulatory marker permitting
  • Experience using mapping and navigation-related tools including, but not limited to, geographic information systems, global positioning systems, compasses, and nautical charts
  • Supervisory skills as demonstrated through training and/or experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills including the ability to prioritize and track multiple tasks



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.