Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Goodwin State Forest

Recruitment #220215-3492VR-001


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

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) is currently seeking to fill a Seasonal Naturalist position that is available at the James L. Goodwin Forest Conservation Center located at 23 Potter Road, Hampton, CT. 

If you enjoy teaching about the natural world, interacting with the public and volunteers, creating new and exciting educational programs, working outdoors, and you are a highly motivated individual, this position could be of interest to you! 

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:

The selected candidate will work a 30 hour work week for a duration of 8 months. 

Scheduled hours vary depending on program needs and season. Some weekend work is required. 
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 Beth Bernard, Program Director of the Goodwin Conservation Center, at or 860-455-9534. 

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 be at least 18 years of age.
  • 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.


Design and teach environmental education programs, in cooperation with other staff and volunteers, at the Goodwin Conservation Center with the overall goal of increasing the public's understanding, appreciation, enjoyment of, and concern for the significant historic and natural resources of the Goodwin Conservation Center, the Goodwin State Forest and Connecticut forests in general. The successful candidate will conduct a variety of interpretive programs including, but not limited to, tours, field walks, and other events to youth and adult audiences. Duties may also include publicity and public relations, coordinating the Master Naturalist program, record keeping, creation care and maintenance of educational supplies, and organizing programs involving other presenters. Weekend work is required.  This position requires some outdoor work in varied weather conditions. 

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Ability to follow instructions.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Sufficient knowledge of conservation, forestry and/or natural resource topics; 
  • College level education in Ecology, Natural Resource Conservation, Environmental Education, Forestry, Wildlife and/or a related field. 


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.