Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery

Recruitment #220708-3492VR-003


We're looking to hire a Seasonal Resource Assistant for the Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery and we invite you to apply! 


The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's (DEEP) mission is to protect the public's health and well being and to conserve, improve and protect the natural resources of the state of Connecticut. As trustee of the environment for present and future generations, the Department achieves its mission through its regulation, enforcement and licensing procedures which help control pollution; by managing the state’s parks and forests and other recreational amenities; and by developing and coordinating the state’s environmental plans and educational programs with other public and private agencies. 

The hatchery is responsible for the production of the majority of the state’s trout and has four main areas: The Hatch House is used to incubate and hatch the fish eggs.  When the fish reach 3” in size, they are moved to the intermediate tanks. Intermediate Tanks consist of 30 circular tanks 20 feet in diameter.  Each tank can hold up to 30,000 3" fish.  The fish remain in these tanks until they are 6-8" in length when they are transferred to the outside grow out tanks. Grow-Out Tanks consist of 40 outside circular tanks 50 feet in diameter.  They are covered by netting to control predatory birds.  Each tank can hold up to 13,000 6-8" fish.  The trout will remain in these tanks until they are ready for stocking. Brood Stock Raceways consist of 20 raceways 50' long by 6' wide.  Brood stock are the fish that provide the eggs needed for use in the hatch house.

This state of the art numerical control facility is managed from the control center located in the main office where the operator can observe water quality, monitor well pumps, program feeding systems, program/access alarms and review historical trends of the facility.  There is an onsite backup generator that can supply power to the entire complex as necessary. The secure spawning area and the hatch house are managed for disease prevention and monitored for quality assurance. The photoperiod (length of daylight) of the fish is manipulated for controlled growth patterns as determined by the needs of Fisheries Management efforts.   


In this role you will:

  • Assist with the propagation of trout from egg to adult
  • Clean fish rearing units
  • Weigh feed and feed fish
  • Stock trout throughout the State
  • Perform general maintenance tasks at facilities owned by or under control of the Department including but not limited to mowing lawns, raking, picking up trash, cleaning restrooms, washing vehicles, brush cutting and snow removal.

Location: This position is based out of the Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery in Plainfield, CT. 

Schedule: The hours worked may be flexible but will generally be conducted during normal business hours Monday through Friday with a 35-hour work week.

Anticipated Duration: Preferred applicants will be available to work full-time for the full six-month duration of the position. 

Salary: Depending on education and experience. No benefits.

For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobAps, please contact: Mackenzie.Coleman@CT.Gov

For questions specific to this position, please contact Christopher Martin at

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Selection Plan

This is a non-competitive recruitment, open to the public.


The hired candidate must:
  • Have experience with computers and MS Office suite. 
  • Possess the ability to work independently. 
  • Be fluent in English. 
  • Be at least 18 years of age. 
  • Possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (able to lift 25 pounds).
Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.


  • 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.


  • 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.


Loads and unloads supplies; collects and disposes of waste material; assists employees of higher grade; plants, transplants, cuts or trims trees; drives a motor vehicle or other power equipment; maintains campsites and grounds; assists in the maintenance of farm plots; performs first aid duties; performs landscaping and snow removal duties; sells tickets and collects money; performs firefighting duties; works as a deckhand on a boat; works as a seasonal supervisor of a recreational unit; performs a full range of lifeguard services at agency swimming areas; performs technical duties in connection with a pollution control program; performs duties under the direction of a research assistant in the field or laboratory; assists in fish culture and stocking activities; assists in conducting surveys and experiments in the field and forests; performs a variety of entry level clerical duties; performs lower level/general maintenance duties; performs related duties as required.


Ability to follow instructions.


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.