Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Energy and Environmental Protection Bureau Chief

Bureau of Natural Resources HYBRID

Recruitment #220322-3477MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is recruiting a Bureau Chief to lead to provide leadership, vision, and management over the Bureau of Natural Resources.

This is a unique opportunity to influence some of the most important programs effecting conservation, fisheries and wildlife-based recreation and climate change mitigation across Connecticut.

The Bureau Chief should be an exceptionally well-organized people and process leader, well versed in energy & environmental protection conservation efforts, and a skilled people manager with a track record of delivering complex projects on time.

If you're looking for an opportunity to Make An Impact in state service, we encourage you to apply!


The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (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.

Within the Bureau of Natural Resources (BNR), our mission is to advance the conservation, use and appreciation of Connecticut's fisheries, forest and wildlife resources. The Bureau includes three divisions: Wildlife, Fisheries & Forestry.

More details can be found in the class specification.


This position will be based at our Hartford, CT office with hybrid scheduling flexibility. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position with a first shift schedule, Monday through Friday.


The State of Connecticut provides a leading comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Excellent health and dental coverage;
  • A generous retirement plan;
  • Paid time off;
  • A healthy work/life balance!

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Selection Plan

This is a competitive recruitment, open to the public.


In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified. You must specify your qualifications within your JobAps application.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.


  • Set up a Master Application (or log-in to your JobAps portal) 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.


This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.

NOTE: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Current state employees will be required to submit their last two (2) service ratings.

Should you have any questions about the position, please contact Samantha Wasef, Human Resources Associate – Talent Solutions at Samantha.Wasef@CT.Gov


In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for planning, organizing, directing and controlling bureau programs and staff.


  • Directs fisheries, forestry and wildlife programs and staff activities and manages all related functions of the Office of the Bureau Chief;
  • Develops comprehensive long and short range plans and strategies which support agency mission and goals;
  • Assists, participates and makes recommendations in review and formation of agency policy, program priorities, funding, legislation and regulations involving fisheries, forestry and wildlife conservation and use;
  • Implements agency policy within the Bureau of Natural Resources;
  • Controls fiscal operations within the Bureau of Natural Resources by determining priorities for expenditure of financial and related resources;
  • Develops fisheries, forestry and wildlife programs, strategies and policies consistent with agency policy;
  • Responds to inquiries from the public, Governor's office, General Assembly, Congress and federal, state and local officials concerning natural resource conservation and use issues and programs;
  • Directs the development of position recommendations on major legislative and regulatory proposals;
  • Confers and negotiates agreements and strategies with federal and private agencies on issues and programs affecting fisheries, forest and wildlife resources;
  • Will solicit, negotiate, administer, manage and account for federal and non-federal funds to support and/or develop programs or projects;
  • Maintains statewide responsibility for all fisheries, forestry and wildlife programs and activities and represents agency and state in related activities as required;
  • Performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of energy integration and/or environmental protection principles, techniques, practices and issues; considerable ability to apply relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable analytical skills; considerable ability to organize and direct complex operating units and associated functions; considerable administrative ability; considerable ability to formulate and interpret agency policy, legislation and regulations.


Twelve (12) years of professional experience in natural resource management, public outdoor recreation, pollution prevention, reduction and management, environmental or energy conservation, environmental or energy regulatory programs, integration of energy and environmental policies and programs, energy research or policy development, strategic operational environmental or energy planning or other related environmental protection or energy field.


Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity.
1 Managerial capacity is defined as formulating program goals and objectives, developing and implementing program procedures, initiating program policies and developing and monitoring the budget.
2 For State employees, the Special Experience is interpreted at the level of Energy and Environmental Protection Division Director, Energy and Environmental Protection Assistant Division Director, Energy and Environmental Protection Office Director or other comparable managerial title responsible for the management of staff performing energy and/or environmental protection work.


1. College training in a scientific or technical discipline related to the energy or environmental field, including but not limited to the biological, earth, or physical sciences; environmental planning; environmental law; economics; leisure services; geographic information systems; geography with a concentration in geographic information systems; natural sciences; natural resources, renewable energy, energy conservation or related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in a scientific or technical discipline related to the energy or environmental field as listed above including but not limited to the biological, earth, or physical sciences; environmental planning; environmental law; economics; leisure services; geographic information systems; geography with a concentration in geographic information systems; natural sciences; natural resources, renewable energy, energy conservation or related area may be substituted for five (5) years of the General Experience.
3. A law degree with a concentration in energy, natural resources or environmental protection law or a doctorate degree in a field related to renewable energy, energy conservation or environmental protection may be substituted for six (6) years of the General Experience.
*Note: Education may only be substituted for a total of six (6) years.


  • Experience leading people and teams.
  • Experience creating systems for project management, including accountability and delegation.
  • Experience developing an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace.
  • Experience communicating scientific natural resources management principles and policies to the public via written and verbal communication including video and social media.
  • Experience formulating and interpreting State and Federal agency policies, legislation, and regulations.
  • Experience utilizing federal funding and implementing federal legislation.
  • Experience managing multi-million-dollar budgets with more than one funding sources.
  • Experience communicating information laterally and vertically throughout an organization.
  • Experience multi-tasking with competing deadlines and priorities. 



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.