Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Burlington State Fish Hatchery

Recruitment #220823-3492VR-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 Bureau of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division operates the Burlington State Fish Hatchery. The state's oldest hatchery, Burlington was constructed in 1923. Artesian wells and nearby streams provide all of the water necessary for the operation thereby keeping the electrical needs at a minimum and making this the State of Connecticut's most cost effective facility. Being near the top of the watershed ensures that land development will have little impact on its future operation. The hatchery produces Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Kokanee Salmon and Rainbow Trout for Fisheries Management Programs.

One unique fish culture project is the Brown Trout “Survivor” Program.  It is intended to produce a strain of fish that is better suited to survive in the wild. Ideally the "Survivor" strain will behave like a wild trout, will be more temperature tolerant, will have better avian predator avoidance and will readily reproduce.  Annually, the Fisheries Staff collects fish from the West Branch Farmington River that have survived for more than one year and each fall transfer these fish to the Burlington facility to be used as brood stock. The offspring of these fish are returned to the West Branch Farmington River to grow and spawn thus increasing the number of "Wild" Brown Trout in the river. While research continues on the effectiveness of the program, the initial information indicates the program is working.  Prior to these efforts there were few “Wild” Brown Trout in the West Branch Farmington River. Now "Wild" Brown Trout catches are commonplace. Unique hatchery improvements have been put in place to protect fish growing in the outside ponds. Fencing and overhead netting has reduced predation and increased the number of fish available for stocking while providing easy access.

Position highlights
This position will be responsible for general maintenance activities, including but not limited to:
  • Loading stocking trucks;
  • Stocking trout in lakes and rivers across the state;
  • Spawning, feeding and transporting fish within the hatchery; and
  • Building and grounds maintenance when needed.
Location: This position is based out of the Burlington State Fish Hatchery in Burtlington.

Schedule: The hours worked may be flexible but will generally be conducted from 7:00AM-3:30PM, Monday through Friday with a 40-hour work week. Occasional weekends and holidays may be required. 

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.

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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.
  • 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.)

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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.


Burlington Hatchery, general maintenance activities include but are not limited to: loading stocking trucks; stocking trout in lakes and rivers across the state; spawning, feeding and transporting fish within the hatchery.  Other duties may include building and grounds maintenance.


Ability to follow instructions.


  • Experience with fish hatcheries and maintenance.


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.

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