Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Research Vessel Deckhand

Recruitment #220413-3492VR-001


Are you looking for seasonal employment? Are you interested in contributing to the enhancement of Connecticut's wildlife? If so read below and apply today!

About us
The mission of the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is to conserve, improve and protect the air, water and other natural resources and environment of the State of Connecticut while fostering sustainable development.. 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 position
This opening is for a Seasonal Resource Assistant as a Deckhand on the Research Vessel John Dempsey. Duties will consist of:
  • Completing oil changes of the main engine and the generator 
  • Cleaning, sanding and painting the vessel and performing other general maintenance
  • Line handling
  • Assisting scientists on deck with various sampling styles
  • Interacting with the public at outreach events
Location: The role is based out of DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme, CT*.
*Although R/V John Dempsey often docks in Milford Harbor for sampling conducted in the central and western portions of the Sound, the R/V John Dempsey is based out of DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme, CT, and employees would be expected to drive to Old Lyme each workday whether for office work or field work.

Length of Employment: Anticipated duration is 1030 hours; non-contractual.

Work Schedule: Typically, this position is first shift, but hours may vary according to field sampling needs (sampling hours are typically between 6:00 am to 6:00 pm). Normal shifts are Monday through Friday, although occasional weekend hours may be required. 

Salary: $13.00 to $17.00 per hour, depending on education and experience. There are no benefits with this position.

Learn more about the Research Vessel John Dempsey here.

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Selection Plan

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.
  • Please ensure that your application is complete as you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.
These positions are non-competitive and are open to the public.

For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobAps, please contact: Mackenzie Coleman at

For questions specific to this position, please contact: Vessel Captain Tommy Seda at


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.


Primary duties include but are not limited to oil changes of the main engine and the generator, cleaning the vessel, sanding, painting and other general maintenance.

While underway duties include line handling and assisting the scientists on deck with different styles of sampling. Underway days run up to 12 hours. In port days (office hours) will be no more than 7 ½ hours. Other duties may include interacting with the public at Public Outreach events. Selected candidates will work under supervision, but will also work independently at times.


Ability to follow instructions.


Preferred applicants will be able to work full-time for the full six months and have related experience or training in addition to the following:
  • Experience working on a vessel
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience in mechanical work
  • Experience with engines
  • Experience using hand and power tools


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.

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.