Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Hammonasset Beach State Park Interpretive Guide Staff

Recruitment #220207-3492VR-002


Are you an outdoor enthusiast looking for an exciting temporary position? 
If so, we have the opportunity for you! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) is seeking to fill multiple positions at Hammonasset Beach State Park with the interpretive guide staff at Meigs Point Nature Center in Madison, CT.

About Us: 

CT 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. 

Position Highlights:

Interpretive Guides work a schedule from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, five shifts per week, including weekends. 

The maximum amount of hours that can be worked during an employment season are 1,030 hours. 

Approximate dates of an employment season are: 
  • Mid-February to Mid-August
  • Mid-April to Mid-October
  • Mid-May to Mid-November
The pay rate varies from $13.00 to $17.00 per hour depending on education and experience. There are no benefits provided. 

Contact Information: 

For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobAps, please contact Tyler Cashman at

For inquiries specific to the position and regarding status of your application, please contact Rebecca Demchak at

Learn more about our Seasonal Resource Assistant team! 

Selection Plan

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

Important Selections Information:

  • Selected candidates must have a valid motor vehicle operator license; knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access; strong communication, organizational and data entry skills; and the ability to work with a team and independently. 
  • Selected candidates must have the ability to orient hike in forests off trails, traverse varied terrain (rocky slopes to wetlands), lift and move heavy objects, such as bear traps and animal carcasses; and work outdoors in all weather conditions. 
  • 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.


Acts as primary visitor contact, works to increase the public's understanding, appreciation, enjoyment of, and concern for the natural resources of our State Parks; conducts a variety of interpretive programs including, but not limited to, lectures, classes, tours, field walks, canoe trips, campfire programs, and special events to a wide variety of audiences; may assist with program development; cleans Nature Center, displays and animal cages/tanks; feeds and cares for animals.


Ability to follow instructions.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • A background in either the natural sciences or education; 
  • The ability to work full-time for the entire recreation season. 


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.