Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Shenipsit State Park

Recruitment #220218-3492VR-004

Introduction



Looking to work at one of Connecticut's beautiful state forests?
If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, State Parks Division is currently seeking to fill multiple Seasonal Resource Assistant positions at Shenipsit State Forest in Stafford.

POSITION DETAILS
Shenipsit State Forest contains 11 parcels spread over 7,000 acres in northeastern Connecticut. Shenipsit State Forest began in 1927 with the purchase of land at the summit of Soapstone Mountain in Somers to erect a fire tower to keep a lookout over the forests of the eastern woodlands. Over time, additional acreage was purchased to form the sprawling 7,078acres state forest we have today in Ellington, Somers and Stafford. There is an abundance of recreation opportunities at Shenipsit State Forest. The two primary attractions are the wonderful hiking along the Blue-Blazed Shenipsit Trail which passes over Soapstone Mountain and the amazing views from the Soapstone Mountain observation tower. Shenipsit is also home to Connecticut’s museum of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

This Unit of the CT State Park and Forest System also provides staff support for Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union, Scantic River State Park, and other state lands in that area of the state.

We are hiring for the below titles at Shenipsit State Forest. For more detailed duties, see the "Examples of Duties" section below.

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. Minimum Age: 18
Seasonal Park Ranger: Acts as primary visitor contact, interacting with the public to assist them in the safe and orderly enjoyment of the Park. Minimum Age: 18
Office Supervisor (Ticket Booth): Provides general office and operation support services at ticket booth. Minimum Age: 18
Ticket Booth Attendant: Provides general ticket booth services. Minimum Age: 16
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. Minimum Age: 18
Seasonal Park Maintenance Supervisor: Assists in the maintenance of a recreational facility under the supervision of a Park and Recreation Supervisor and/or an EP Maintainer 3. Minimum Age: 18
Crew Leader: Supervises and works with an assigned crew of Seasonal Maintainers in activities involving the operation and maintenance of DEEP programs and facilities. Minimum Age: 18
Seasonal Maintainer: Performs work related to the maintenance and operation of DEEP managed lands and facilities. Minimum Age: 18

The following details apply to all of the above positions:
  • Approximate Dates of Employment: mid-April – mid-October
  • Length of positions: Anticipated start dates vary by position and runs through the recreation season; anticipated duration is a maximum of 1030 hours.
  • Pay: $13.00 - $17.00/hour. No benefits.
  • Schedule: Most positions are typically first shift, but other positions will be second or third shift. Typically positions are 5 days per week, and include mandatory weekend shifts.
CT DEEP encourages you to consider applying for seasonal opportunities at alternate locations as your application is under review.

For an inside look at what it is like to Make an ImpaCT as a seasonal employee, check out the video below!
         
CONTACT US
For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobAps, please contact Jake Ferrari via email at jake.ferrari@ct.gov.

Any inquiries regarding the status of your application for this park’s positions must be made directly to the individual park by contacting Mark Blazejak via email at mark.blazejak@ct.gov.

ABOUT US

The State of Connecticut's DEEP is charged with conserving, improving, and protecting the natural resources and the environment 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.

Connecticut’s system of state parks and forests, trails, state boat launches, and waterways provide many opportunities for outdoor recreation for residents and visitors alike. These range from camping and hiking, boating, and many more activities.

The Bureau of Outdoor Recreation leads the agency’s outdoor recreation efforts by acquiring and managing lands with an eye toward providing public use that is compatible with long term protection of natural resources.

CT State Parks is the owner and manager of the largest trail system in the state; over 2,000 miles of trails which are contained on State Park and Forest lands and connecting to other trail systems.

Selection Plan

CT DEEP encourages you to consider applying for seasonal opportunities at alternate locations as your application is under review.

These positions are non-competitive. Open to the public.

Selected candidates must be fluent in English and be at least 16 years old 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, 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.

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

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
Duties: 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.
Minimum Age: 18.
Special Requirements: Extensive knowledge and experience in outdoor recreation management preferred; must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
Approximate Dates of Employment: mid-April – Columbus Day

Seasonal Park Ranger
Duties: 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.
Minimum Age: 18.
Special Requirements: Familiarity with operation of outdoor recreation facilities preferred; must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
Approximate Dates of Employment: mid-May – Columbus Day.

Office Supervisor (Ticket Booth)
Duties:
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.
Minimum age: 18
Special Requirements: Previous retail/customer service experience preferred.
Approximate Dates of Employment: mid-April – mid-September.

Ticket Booth Attendant
Duties:
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
Duties: 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.
Minimum Age: 18.
Special Requirements: A background in either the natural sciences or education is preferred; may be required to possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license. Approximate Dates of Employment: mid-February – mid-August, mid-April – mid-October and mid-May – mid-November.

Seasonal Park Maintenance Supervisor
Duties:
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.
Minimum Age: 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 – mid-October.

Crew Leader
Duties: 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.
Minimum Age: 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 – mid-October.

Seasonal Maintainer
Duties:
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.
Minimum Age: 18.
Special Requirements: Previous experience in janitorial work, landscaping or a skilled trade preferred; must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
Approximate Dates of Employment: mid-April – mid-October.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Ability to follow instructions.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preferred applicants will be able to work full-time for the entire recreation season and have related experience or training.

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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