Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Squantz Pond State Park

Recruitment #220217-3492VR-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), Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, State Parks Division is seeking to fill multiple Seasonal Resource Assistant positions at Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield, CT.

About Us: 

Squantz Pond State Park offers four season enjoyment with steep, wooded slopes, a cool, blue pond and colorful foliage to delight visitors throughout the year. Squantz Pond immerses the visitor in a "mountain like" setting. In the fall, the park becomes a haven for photographers capturing the colorful reflection of the foliage in the mirrored surface of the water. In 1926 Squantz Pond was established as a state park. 

The Squantz Pond State Park Unit of the CT State Park and Forest System also provides staff support for Pootatuck State Forest, Lover's Leap State Park and other state park and forest lands in the area of the state. Each season we hire seasonal employees in a number of different positions to welcome and support the many visitors who come to the parks. 

Position Highlights:

Positions available include: 
  • Seasonal Park Ranger SupervisorMinimum age is 18, Special Requirements: Extensive knowledge and experience in outdoor recreation management; must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license. Approximate dates of employment: mid-April to Columbus Day.
  • Seasonal Park Ranger: Minimum age is 18, Special Requirements: Familiarity with operation of outdoor recreation facilities, must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license. Approximate Dates of employment: Mid-May to Columbus Day.
  • Office Supervisor (Ticket Booth): Minimum age is 18, Special Requirements: Previous retail/customer service experience. Approximate dates of employment: Mid-April to Mid-September. 
  • Ticket Booth Attendant: Minimum age is 16, Special Requirements: Previous retail/customer service experience. Approximate Dates of employment: Mid-April to Mid-September. 
  • Interpretive Guide: Minimum age is 18, Special Requirements: A background in either the natural sciences or education; may be required to possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license. Approximate dates of employment: Mid-February to Mid-August, Mid-April to Mid-October and Mid-May-Mid-November. 
  • Seasonal Park Maintenance Supervisor: Minimum age is 18, Special Requirements: Extensive knowledge and experience in maintenance of a recreational facility and/or a related skilled trade; must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license. Approximate Dates of employment: Mid-April to Mid-October. 
  • Crew Leader: Minimum age is 18, Special Requirements: Minimum one season satisfactory DEEP or related work experience; must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license. Approximate dates of employment: Mid-April to Mid-October. 
  • Seasonal Maintainer: Minimum age is 18, Special Requirements: Previous experience in janitorial work, landscaping or a skilled trade; must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license. Approximate dates of employment: Mid-April to Mid-October. 
Please note: For Lifeguard, Lifeguard Supervisor and Beach Director positions at Squantz Pond State Park, please see the separate job posting. 

The approximate dates of employment for these positions are Mid-April to Mid-October, with anticipated start dates varying by position and running through the recreation season. The anticipated duration of these positions is a maximum of 1,030 hours. 

Most positions will be on first shift, but some positions will be on second or third shift. Typically positions are working 5 days per week, with varying mandatory weekend shifts.
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 Jeffrey Dery at Jeffrey.Dery@ct.gov.

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 fluent in English, and be at least 16 or 18 years old, depending on the position.
  • 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), 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).

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

Seasonal Park Ranger Supervisor: Assists in the management of seasonal operations and programs in a recreational facility under the supervision of a Park and Recreation Supervisor.  Resolves complaints and other issues or refers them to the proper authority; trains, supervises and schedules Seasonal Park Rangers; evaluates work performance; acts as primary visitor contact; assists with protective duties as required; answers telephones and performs daytime radio dispatch duties. 
Seasonal Park Ranger: Acts as primary visitor contact, interacting with the public to assist them in the safe and orderly enjoyment of the Park.  Assists with operational, maintenance and protective duties as needed; may answer telephones and perform radio dispatch duties.  ·
Office Supervisor (Ticket Booth):  Provides general office and operation support services at ticket booth.   Resolves complaints and other issues or refers them to the proper authority; oversees opening and closing procedures; trains, supervises and schedules Ticket Booth Attendants; evaluates work performance; acts as primary visitor contact; rings up and accepts parking fees; sells season passes; greets park visitors; provides directions; checks in buses; and answers questions about the park, state park rules and regulations, and the local area. 
Ticket Booth Attendant: Provides general ticket booth services. Rings up and accepts parking fees; sells season passes; greets Park visitors; provides directions; checks in buses; and answers questions about the Park, State Park rules and regulations, and the local area.   Minimum Age: 16   Special Requirements:  Previous retail/customer service experience preferred. Approximate Dates of Employment: mid-April – mid-September.
Interpretive Guide:   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. 
Seasonal Park Maintenance Supervisor:   Assists in the maintenance of a recreational facility under the supervision of a Park and Recreation Supervisor and an EP Maintainer 3.  Trains, supervises and schedules Seasonal Maintainers; evaluates work performance; assists in job planning and scheduling and in preparation of materials lists; operates machinery and power equipment such as lawn mowers, chain saws, brush cutters, tractors, medium duty vehicles, and power tools; performs routine preventative maintenance on equipment; may perform highly-skilled work in carpentry, plumbing, mechanical repairs or other skilled trade; may drive vehicles rated at 3/4 Ton Gross Vehicle Weight or less.  
Crew Leader: Supervises and works with an assigned crew of Seasonal Maintainers in activities involving the operation and maintenance of DEEP programs and facilities. May assist in job planning and in preparation of materials lists; may operate machinery and power equipment such as lawn mowers, chain saws, brush cutters, tractors, medium duty vehicles, and power tools; may perform routine preventative maintenance on equipment; may drive vehicles rated at 3/4 Ton Gross Vehicle Weight or less.  
Seasonal Maintainer: Performs work related to the maintenance and operation of DEEP managed lands and facilities including, but not limited to, litter pickup, cleaning, mowing, raking, and painting. May use hand tools; may direct traffic in parking lots; may drive vehicles rated at 3/4 Ton Gross Vehicle Weight or less. Positions are also available for those with additional levels of training and experience. These positions involve the use of machinery and power equipment such as lawn mowers, chain saws, brush cutters, tractors, medium duty vehicles and the use of skills in carpentry, plumbing, mechanical repairs, grounds maintenance.   

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Ability to follow instructions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The preferred candidate will possess:
  • The ability to work full-time for the entire recreation season; 
  • Related experience or training to the position you are applying to; 
  • The ability to speak Spanish. 

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.



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