Environmental Protection Safety Representative (Boating Safety)


Recruitment #220914-3445AR-001



Looking for a meaningful career with the State of Connecticut?
Experienced in the areas of boating safety, marine navigation and maritime studies?
If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity!

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (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 Bureau of Outdoor Recreation consists of the Divisions of Boating, State Parks & Public Outreach, and State Environmental Conservation Police. Together they administer the state’s outdoor recreation programs and provide for the enforcement of fish and game regulations and boating laws.

The Boating Division currently has an opening for an Environmental Protection Safety Representative (Boating Safety) located in Old Lyme, CT. This is a full-time (40 hours) position, typically Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, though some weekend hours may occasionally be necessary. The position may include opportunities for a hybrid schedule that includes telework. Some domestic travel may also be required.

DEEP is seeking an enthusiastic and organized person to fill an important role in a fast-paced environment. This position will be assigned to the Boating Division’s Education & Outreach Section which is responsible for promoting safe and environmentally responsible recreation on Connecticut’s waters through boater safety education, public outreach and engagement, and partnership with multiple stakeholders.

Please see the "Examples of Duties" section below for specifics on the day-to-day activities of this job.

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!

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Selection Plan

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.
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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.
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  • 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, this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks assisting in administering the Boating Safety Education or Hunting Safety programs.


Performs activities involved in administering the State Boating Safety Education Program; develops curriculum goals and objectives for boating safety education courses; recruits, trains and directs volunteer boating safety education instructors; coordinates State boating education activities with those of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons and other boating safety education oriented organizations; establishes locations for course presentations; writes program related articles and news releases; evaluates students and instructors; assists in conducting research studies on all aspects of the programs and evaluates citizens' needs concerning boating safety education; directs the certification of students and the recruiting of instructors; maintains records of certified students and instructors; prepares and distributes course related materials as needed; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of the navigation laws and regulations of the United States and of Connecticut; knowledge of the construction and operation of recreational vessels and of safety equipment on such vessels; knowledge of the principles and practices of training and educational methods and techniques; knowledge of curriculum development, motivation of students and instructors, lesson planning, and the formation of learning objectives; skill in the safe use and operation of recreational vessels; written and oral communication skills; ability to organize, conduct and evaluate training programs; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to utilize computer software; supervisory ability.


Six (6) years of experience providing training in the areas of boating safety, marine navigation and maritime studies.

Note: Work experience will be interpreted as full-time or volunteer training in the fields of boating safety, marine navigation and maritime studies.


1. College training 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.
2. A Master's degree in Education may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience working with state and federal laws and regulations related to the principles and practices of navigation and recreational boating safety;
  • Experience operating recreational vessels and using boating safety equipment;
  • Experience with the principles and practices of educational methods including curriculum development, lesson planning, and formation of learning objectives;
  • Experience organizing, conducting, and evaluating boating safety training programs;
  • Experience using computer programs to create presentations and to create data visuals for those presentations;
  • Experience leading or supervising a team; and
  • Experience using boating terminology while communicating orally and in writing.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. The selected candidate must possess a valid driver’s license.
3. The selected candidate must possess – or obtain within 6 months of hire – a Connecticut Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation.
4. The selected candidate must possess – or obtain within 6 months of hire – Connecticut Boating Safety Instructor certification.


Incumbents in this class must have sufficient strength and stamina to perform the duties of the position. A physical examination is required. A swim test may be required before employment. All candidates must be able to swim 100 yards unassisted.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury from drowning and/or handling firearms.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.