Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Fire Control Officer


Recruitment #220707-3475PS-001



Do you have experience in forestry and forest fire control?
Want to start your career with the State of Connecticut?
If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity!

The Forest Protection Program is within the Division of Forestry. Forest Protection Program staff maintain an active forest fire prevention program and a specially trained force of firefighting personnel to combat fires that burn an average of 500 acres of woodland per year in Connecticut. Program staff also train and mobilize crews and individuals to assist the US Forest Service in controlling large fires across the nation. Fire Departments depend on Program staff for wildland fire training, equipment, assistance, and expertise. The state is divided into two geographic regions for response and management.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Division of Forestry is seeking to hire a full-time, permanent Environmental Protection Fire Control Officer assigned within a geographic area. This position is in the Western District (primarily west of the Connecticut River), servicing the entire western region of Connecticut. The office location is the Joseph W. Bigwood Forest Fire Control Headquarters (Middlebury Garage) in Middlebury.

This is a full time 40 hour per week position with the potential for overtime. The work week is unscheduled, with most business being conducted between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. This position works occasional nights and weekends. Incumbents in this class may be required to live on or near work site.

Primary duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Overseeing the maintenance of the Bigwood Forest Fire Headquarters and the fire equipment and apparatus associated with the Western District;
  • Training of DEEP staff who have wildfire response in their job duties, serving as liaison and trainer for fire departments located in the Western District region;
  • Training Connecticut Interstate Fire Crew members;
  • Acting as State contact and coordinator on wildfire response in western Connecticut;
  • Assisting other fire control officers as needed;
  • Other duties assigned on a statewide basis.
We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year!


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.

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Selection Plan

Incumbents in this class will be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license, acquire a Commercial Driver’s License, obtain, and retain a standard First Aid certificate and CPR certificate. Applicants must have and maintain the agility, endurance, and physical ability to perform the required work. A physical examination may be required prior to and/or during employment in this class. Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury or personal harm from on-site field conditions and a moderate degree of discomfort from year-round weather conditions. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

Before you apply, make note of the following:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
Important information for after you apply:
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • 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, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Questions about this position should be directed to Jake Ferrari via email at


In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Bureau of Natural Resources this class is accountable for a program of forest fire prevention and control in an assigned area or on a statewide basis.


WITHIN AN ASSIGNED GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Develops and implements plans for forest fire prevention and control; implements a program of forest fire suppression related instruction and training for area employees, fire wardens, volunteer fire departments and trained specialist crews; coordinates forest fire suppression and prescribed burn activities of town fire departments with those departments; collects, analyzes and approves forest fire reports and bills submitted by fire wardens and fire departments; makes recommendations concerning equipment, methods and operating policies to state Forest Fire Supervisor; cooperates with department and local law enforcement personnel in enforcement of state statutes pertaining to forest fires; develops and implements an active and effective forest fire prevention program including, but not limited to, talks and demonstrations at schools, churches, service clubs and other interested groups and Smokey the Bear Forest Fire Prevention Program; orders and distributes forest fire prevention literature; works in cooperation with departmental Office of Communication and Education concerning forest fire prevention and control programs; assists state land managers in design and implementation of state forest and management operations to minimize forest fire hazard conditions; assists in location, layout and construction of access roads and water holes for forest fire control purposes; works with media in dissemination of forest fire prevention information and other information related to forest fire issues; participates in Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Commission activities; may conduct or assist in investigations regarding cause of forest fires including gathering evidence concerning incendiarism, may provide specific expertise to others on a statewide basis; may perform emergency first aid as needed; performs related duties as required. including coordinated response to invasive forest pests and disease. Acts as a Department representative at technical and professional meetings.

WHEN ASSIGNED SPECIFIC PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES ON A STATEWIDE BASIS: Drafts and proposes specific forest fire program procedures and policies to state Fire Control Officer; coordinates administration of assigned programs with other Fire Control Officers; participates in Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Commission activities; may assume lead responsibility for specific programs such as Federal Excess Personal Property, Training, Prevention, Safety or others; may supplement, temporarily replace or render assistance to Fire Control Officers who have been assigned a geographic area; may perform emergency first aid as needed; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of principles and factors involved in combustion, particularly in relation to forest fires, including weather, fuel types, fuel density and heat transfer; knowledge of principles, methods and equipment used in fire prevention and control in Connecticut; knowledge of forest and forest fire laws and regulations in Connecticut; knowledge of techniques of forest fire investigation including gathering evidence; knowledge of principles and practices of forest management; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to develop and direct a large scale program of instruction and training in forest fire prevention and control; ability to utilize computer software.


Seven (7) years of experience in a large scale program of forestry and forest fire control.


College training in forestry or a closely 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.


  • Experience utilizing principles and practices of forest fire suppression and control and forestry;
  • Experience operating and maintaining portable pumps and fire engines, preferably wildland fire engines;
  • Single resource boss qualified under national Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) or other operational leadership role in wildland fire;
  • Experience with delegation, and use of the Incident Command System;
  • Experience as a wildland fire instructor, developing wildland fire training programs, giving presentations, and using more than one training aid and method;
  • Experience with chainsaws: qualified as a Faller 3 under NWCG, Game of Logging participant, or equivalent experience
  • Experience with prescribed burn planning and implementation;
  • Experience with software and electronic devices to collect and track data, create reports, maps, and forms.


1. Incumbents in this class will be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
2. Incumbents in this class must be willing and able to accept assignments or transfer to any area of the state.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to obtain and retain a standard First Aid certificate and CPR certificate.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to live on or near work site.
5. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


1. Incumbents in this class must be in good health and must have and retain sufficient physical strength, stamina, agility, visual and auditory acuity to effectively perform the duties of the class.
2. A physical examination may be required prior to and/or during employment in the class.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury in performing the duties of the class and to unpleasant and/or uncomfortable environmental conditions.



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.