Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Long Island Sounds Trawl Survey

Recruitment #220822-3492VR-005


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 Bureau of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division performs the Long Island Trawl Survey annually, DEEP's Long Island Sound Trawl Survey monitors the abundance and distribution of important finfish and invertebrate species within Long Island Sound. 

Position highlights
Duties include, but are not limited to: 
  • Sampling spring and fall using a bottom trawl aboard the 50' research vessel John Dempsey;
  • Processing and ageing a variety of finfish samples in the laboratory;
  • Conducting data entry and data quality assurance procedures;
  • Assisting with the implementation of an onboard electronic data acquisition system;
  • Interacting with the public at Public Outreach events; and
  • Performing other related duties as required.

The main work location will DEEP’s Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme. Although R/V John Dempsey often docks in Milford Harbor for sampling conducted in the central and western portions of the Sound, the Long Island Sound Trawl Survey is based out of DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme, CT, and the selected candidates would be expected to drive to Old Lyme each workday whether for office work or field work.

Schedule: Typically the position is first shift, but hours may vary according to field sampling needs (sampling hours are typically between 6:00am to 6:00pm). Normally, Monday through Friday, although occasional weekend hours may be required. The positions are thirty-five hours (35) per week. Work hours may vary with field activity and location.

Anticipated Duration: 6 months, no more than a total of 1,040 hours worked. 

Salary: Dependent on education and experience. There are no benefits with this position.

An overview of all Marine Fisheries Projects can be found here.

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Selection Plan

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

Important Selection Information
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.

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.
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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.


Duties include, but are not limited to: sampling spring and fall using a bottom trawl aboard the 50' research vessel John Dempsey, processing and ageing a variety of finfish samples in the laboratory, conducting data entry and data quality assurance procedures. Duties will also include assisting with the implementation of an onboard electronic data acquisition system.  Other duties may include interacting with the public at Public Outreach events.  Performs related duties as required.


Ability to follow instructions.


Preferred candidates will:
  • Be actively pursuing or have recently completed a college degree in the biological sciences with coursework in fisheries or a related field; degree is preferred but not required
  • Have experience with marine fish identification
  • Have experience using Microsoft Access
  • Have experience with data entry and analysis
  • Have experience with fishing or boating
  • Have experience in field data collection
  • Have experience in fish ageing techniques and protocols
  • Have experience in setup, maintenance and troubleshooting of electronic data acquisition systems, including use of said system to collect fisheries survey data
  • Have 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.