Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Long Island Sound Trawl Survey

Recruitment #220127-3492VR-001


Are you looking for a seasonal position with a passion for data and analytics? 
If so, we encourage you to discover this opportunity! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), Bureau of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division has multiple opportunities for Seasonal Resource Assistants to join the survey team based out of DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme, CT. 

These Seasonal Resource Assistants will assist with the survey and receive practical experience in fishery-independent monitoring, data collection, and lab processing techniques. 

Position Highlights: 

DEEP's Long Island Sound Trawl Survey monitors the abundance and distribution of important finfish and invertebrate species within Long Island Sound. 

Although R/V John Dempsey often docks in Milford Harbor for sampling conducted in central and western portions of the sound, the Long Island Sound Trawl Survey is based out of DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme, CT, and the selected candidates would be expected to drive to Old Lyme each workday whether for office work or field work. 

Typically the position is first shift, but hours may vary according to field sampling needs (sampling hours are typically between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM). Candidates are normally scheduled Monday to Friday, although occasional weekend hours may be required. These positions are 35 hours per week, with hours varying with field activity and location. 

The pay rate varies from $13.00 to $17.00 per hour depending on education and experience. There are no benefits provided. 

The anticipated duration is a maximum of 1,040 hours and six months. These positions are non-contractual. 

Contact Information: 

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Selection Plan

This position is non-competitive and Open to the Public.

All state employees shall follow Executive Order 13G (as amended by Executive Order 14C).

Important Selections Information:

  • Selected candidates must be fluent in English and be at least 18 years old.
  • Selected candidates must possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (including work outside in inclement weather and work outside for extended periods), must be able to lift & move 50 pounds while underway, be able to work with arms overhead while bending and twisting on a moving deck of the boat and work well with other staff and members of the public.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
To Apply:

  • Complete a Master Application and directly apply to this recruitment.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.
What to Expect After you Apply:

  • The recruitment process may take several months. Due to volume, we are unable to give individual application updates. We encourage applicants to review their application status via their Personal Status Board on JobAps.
  • Please regularly check your email for notifications (be sure to check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error).


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.


Duties include, but are not limited to: sampling spring and fall using a bottom trawl aboard the 50' research vessel John Dempsey, processing and ageing a variety of finfish samples in the laboratory, conducting data entry and data quality assurance procedures. Duties will also include assisting with the implementation of an onboard electronic data acquisition system.  Other duties may include interacting with the public at Public Outreach events. Performs related duties as required.

For a full list of duties related to this job classification, please click here


Ability to follow instructions.


The preferred candidate will have:
  • Recently completed or be actively pursuing a college degree in the Biological Sciences with coursework in fisheries or a related field. 
  • Experience in marine fish identification; 
  • Experience using Microsoft Access; 
  • Experience in data entry and data analysis; 
  • Experience with fishing or boating; 
  • Experience in field data collection; 
  • Experience in fish ageing techniques and protocols; 
  • Experience in setup, maintenance and troubleshooting of electronic data acquisition system, including use of said system to collect fisheries survey data; 
  • Experience using hand and power tools; 
  • The ability to work full-time for the full six months.


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.