Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Furbearer and Bear Program

Recruitment #220517-3492VR-001


Are you interested in working with black bears, bobcats, and other furbearers? 
If so, we have an outstanding opportunity for you! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) is seeking to hire Seasonal Resource Assistants with the Wildlife Division, Furbearer and Bear Program, based at our Session Woods Wildlife Management Area office in Burlington, CT

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 Wildlife Division is charged with advancing the conservation, use, and appreciation of Connecticut's wildlife resources. 

Position Highlights:

This program conducts research and management of black bears and other furbearer species, such as bobcats, coyotes, and beavers. Program biologists monitor the harvests of furbearer species for which hunting and/or trapping are allowed. They conduct research on the population status, reproduction, food habits, and habitat use of furbearers and bears. They propose regulation changes for the hunting and trapping of furbearers and bears. 

A substantial portion of the program responsibilities includes assisting the public with inquiries regarding wildlife, particularly addressing human-wildlife conflicts. This ranges from providing advice by phone or email to on-site live-trapping efforts. 

The Resource Assistant will conduct office work, lab work, and field work. 

This positions length is approximately 6 months, no more than 1,040 hours. This position is first shift, up to 40 hours per week working a typical work week of Monday to Friday, with some weekend and evening work. 
The pay rate varies from $13.00 to $17.00 per hour depending on education and experience. There are no benefits or housing provided. 

Contact Information: 

For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobAps, please contact Tyler Cashman at

For inquiries specific to the position and regarding status of your application, please contact Jason Hawley at or 860-424-3045. 

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 motor vehicle operator license; knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access; strong communication, organizational and data entry skills; and the ability to work with a team and independently. 
  • Selected candidates must have the ability to orient hike in forests off trails, traverse varied terrain (rocky slopes to wetlands), lift and move heavy objects, such as bear traps and animal carcasses; and work outdoors in all weather conditions. 
  • 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).


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.


Enters and organizes data into computer files, including furbearer sighting reports, necropsy data, bear and bobcat capture and handling data, and furbearer harvest reports.
Answers phone calls and emails from the public. Records sightings and provides technical assistance, particularly advice on resolving human-bear conflicts.
Conducts radio-telemetry on collared bears and bobcats. Orients to, and examines, specified field locations to locate and determine sites of predation, denning, or study-animal mortality.
Transports and sets bear traps at sites of human-bear conflicts. Assists with chemically immobilizing, tagging, and aversively conditioning black bears.
Locates and retrieves reported vehicle-killed bears and furbearers and assists with necropsies.
Assists in organizing field equipment.


Ability to follow instructions.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience in wildlife biology/management or natural resources; 
  • Experience with radio-telemetry; 
  • Experience with chemical immobilization of wildlife; 
  • Experience with hand-held GPS units; 
  • Experience addressing human wildlife conflicts. 


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.