Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Belding Wildlife Management Area

Recruitment #220215-3492VR-002

Introduction



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), Wildlife Division is seeking Seasonal Assistants to work at the beautiful Belding Wildlife Management Area located in Vernon, CT. 

This seasonal position is a great opportunity to work outside and learn about a wide variety of Connecticut's wildlife, and also get hands-on experience managing their habitats. With over 100 species of birds, Belding Wildlife Management Area has been identified as a Birding hotspot on the Cornell Lab's eBird.org website!

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. 

The goals of Belding Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are to manage a variety of wildlife and fisheries habitats, offer environmental education, and provide low-impact recreation. Visitors are introduced to wildlife and natural resources management through various educational programs, demonstration sites, and self-guided interpretive trails. 



Position Highlights:

Under the supervision of the Belding WMA Wildlife Biologist, this position will directly support the management of habitats of Belding WMA; maintenance of the grounds including interpretive trails; educational programs; and species monitoring. 

The majority of work activities will take place at Belding WMA, but maintenance activities may also be required at various other wildlife management areas throughout Connecticut. Travel to other work sites will be by State-owned vehicles. 

This position will be temporary for approximately six months and no more than 1,030 hours. The position will start March 25, 2022. 

This is a full-time position, working up to 40 hours per week. A typical work week is Monday through Friday starting at 7:30 AM with occasional weekend and/or evening work possibly being 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 Tyler.Cashman@ct.gov.

For inquiries specific to the position and regarding status of your application, please contact Jane Seymour at Jane.Seymour@ct.gov or 860-306-5418. 

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 driver's license.
  • The selected candidates should have the willingness and ability to obtain a DEEP (governmental) pesticide applicator's license and assist in applying herbicides on undesirable vegetation (training, study documents and testing will be provided by DEEP at no cost to the employee).
  • The selected candidates must be willing to work outdoors in natural habitats in a variety of adverse weather conditions and under potentially hazardous field conditions (e.g., bee stings or insect bites, poison ivy, rocky or uneven terrain, etc.).
  • 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).

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

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.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Duties may include the following: (1) weed/invasive plant control (applying herbicides, cutting, pulling and mowing); (2) trail maintenance and sign posting, (3) planting trees, shrubs and wildflowers; (4) fixing, installing, and maintaining signs and fences; (5) trash removal; (6) species monitoring (birds, amphibians, invertebrates); (7) conducting educational programs; (8) constructing, installing, and monitoring nest boxes; (9) coordinating and working with volunteer assistants; (10) data entry; (11) boundary posting; (12) mowing foot paths; and (13) all other duties as assigned. Opportunities to assist on other field projects (e.g., goose banding, bird surveys, forest inventory, public outreach, etc.) may be made available as time allows and according to employee interest. Maintenance activities may also be required at various WMAs throughout Connecticut on occasion.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Ability to follow instructions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The preferred candidate will possess:
  • A college degree in wildlife management or a related field; 
  • Experience identifying local plants and animals; 
  • Experience identifying local birds by sight and sound; 
  • Experience with GIS/GPS; 
  • Experience working cooperatively with others, as well as independently; 
  • Experience with habitat management practices for wildlife and invasive plant identification. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

PHYSICAL 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.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.