Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Emergency Response Coordinator 1

Recruitment #211115-3265ET-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), is seeking to hire an Emergency Response Coordinator I in the Emergency Response and Spill Prevention Divisions' Emergency Response Unit.


Nearly every day, despite preventive measures, there are incidents that threaten the environment. The Emergency Response and Spill Prevention Division is prepared to limit the risks and handle incidents ranging from a spill of a few gallons to a tanker full of petroleum liquids, from an abandoned or unknown drum of chemicals to anthrax or a chemical fire. Releases, even small ones, can endanger public health or the environment by making the water or air unsafe. Releases of hazardous materials can contaminate surface water, groundwater or soil, impact plants, fish and wildlife and their habitat or create unsafe exposure for the general public or emergency responders.

The Emergency Response Unit responds to reported releases of oil, petroleum and chemicals to the air, land and waterways. It requires a team of highly trained personnel to respond 24 hours a day seven days a week to environmental emergencies that result from releases and threats of release of chemicals, hazardous wastes, petroleum products and other hazardous material onto the ground or into surface waters of the state from roadway incidents, industrial processes, oil and chemical spills, failed tanks/pipes and abandoned drums as well as biological and chemical weapons.

Relevant Information:

  • Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week. The position requires the employee to be on-call and work evenings, weekends and holidays on a rotational basis.
  • Location: Based in Hartford, but does not typically require daily reporting to this location. The position is field based and is assigned a geographical area to cover.
  • Benefits: Healthcare coverage, retirement plan, paid time off, and more!
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Selection Plan

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

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

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, transcripts, diplomas, 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.

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 performing a limited range of tasks in responding to hazardous material spills, discharges and releases, emergencies, and assisting with on scene clean up activities including development and implementation of corrective actions.


Performs a limited range of related duties in assisting and/or acting as a team leader in the response to hazardous materials spills, discharges, and releases; advises public safety authorities; coordinates on-site clean-up activities; takes samples and collects data on materials spilled; develops appropriate course of action and recommends and issues orders on appropriate clean-up procedures; determines responsible party for spillage and assigns monetary liability; contacts and may oversee clean-up contractors; operates hand tools, deployment devices, and other tools and equipment used for containment and clean-up of spillage; takes photographs of incident site; prepares written reports; may testify at hearings; may conduct training for local authorities regarding hazardous materials and/or emergency response techniques; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of methods and techniques used for containment and clean-up of hazardous materials spillage; knowledge of chemicals and other hazardous materials; knowledge of methods and procedures for water, soil, and air pollution control; knowledge of industrial safety practices and procedures; knowledge of State and Federal laws and regulations regarding storage and transportation of hazardous materials; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to use and interpret technical, chemical, and safety manuals; ability to utilize computer software.


Five (5) years of experience in hazardous materials management or responding to chemical spill emergencies.


College training in biological science, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, physical sciences, public health, or engineering 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.


  • Experience using methods and techniques used for containment and cleanup of petroleum and hazardous material releases.
  • Experience with State and Federal regulations and laws regarding the cleanup of spills to soil, groundwater and surface water.
  • Experience in hazardous waste management, storage, treatment and disposal.
  • Experience in environmental emergency response operations relating to oil spills and releases of hazardous materials.
  • Experience investigating soil and groundwater contamination.
  • Experience working in an organization that requires 24/7 operation.
  • Experience effectively communicating technical information in clear and common language terms with the regulated community, state and federal agencies, the media and the general public.
  • Experience managing multiple competing priorities and projects.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.


Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties.


Incumbents must be able to work under difficult and dangerous conditions including wearing cumbersome protective equipment and handling materials of unknown toxicity.



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.