Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

American Shad and Sturgeon Projects

Recruitment #220203-3492VR-003


The Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) is dedicated to conserving, improving, and protecting our natural resources and the environment; we are looking for a seasonal assistant to join us!

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.
BNR's Fisheries Division has current opportunities for several Seasonal Resource Assistants for the American Shad and Sturgeon Projects. These selected candidate will assist in conducting a variety of field, laboratory and office work.  These positions provide opportunities for practical experience in fisheries monitoring, data collection, and lab processing techniques. 

The selected candidate must be fluent in English and be at least 18 years old.  The selected candidate must possess and maintain adequate 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.
The project location is based out of DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme, CT.  Employees would be expected to drive to Old Lyme each workday for office work or field work. This position has an anticipated start of late March/early April & May; anticipated duration is 1030 hours; non-contractual.  A typical schedule is Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 pm (hours flexible). Occasional weekend hours may be required.

Selection Plan

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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 several days per week aboard small open boats using a variety of fishing gear types (trawl, gillnet, seine), laboratory fish processing, processing and aging various fish structures, 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, embark/disembark unassisted from an anchored vessel into waist deep water, work outside in inclement weather and work outside for extended periods.  Selected candidates will work under supervision and will also work independently at times and perform related duties as required.


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 or a related field
  • Experience working in a related field may also be considered
  • Experience with fishing, boating, and boat trailering
  • Experience conducting fisheries field work
  • Experience with fish identification and use of dichotomous keys
  • Experience with use of Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Access
  • Experience with data entry and quality assurance/control procedures
  • Experience with field data collection techniques
  • Experience in fish aging techniques and protocols


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.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.