Protective Services Trainee

Target Class: Conservation Enforcement Officer

Recruitment #221018-2882PS-001



Are you looking to help protect Connecticut's beautiful landscape?
If so, we invite you to check out the job opportunity below!


At the State of ConnecticutDepartment of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the environment, and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy. DEEP’s Bureau of Outdoor RecreationEnvironmental Conservation Police (EnCon) Division’s mission is to provide natural resource protection and public safety through education, outreach and enforcement in the areas of fish and game, boating, commercial fishing, wildlife management, parks and forests.

This division has state-wide conservation law enforcement responsibilities and is made up of three unique geographical districts each managed by a district Captain and overseen by a Colonel. The division has responsibility of over 255,000 acres of agency owned lands and waters that includes state forests, state parks, wildlife management areas and boating access areas.

In addition to our historical mission of hunting, fishing and boating enforcement, EnCon is also responsible for criminal enforcement, emergency response and public safety patrols in our state parks and forests and is significantly involved in Homeland Security missions in Connecticut. Officers conduct port security check and patrol public watershed properties as an anti-terrorism measure. The Division serves as the primary backup agency for the United States Coast Guard on Long Island Sound for search and rescue and is the only state law enforcement agency that routinely conducts waterborne enforcement patrols.

EnCon Officers also protect the public’s safety in Connecticut’s state parks and forests. Connecticut averages 13 million visitors per year in the state parks, forests and campgrounds. Criminal activity of the same nature that occurs in every city and town in Connecticut also occurs in the state’s parks, forests and campgrounds.

The Division is responsible for the patrol element of Connecticut’s shellfish program, has a cooperative enforcement agreement with NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement, boating accident investigation responsibilities and patrol on Connecticut’s state waterways. The Division has five specialized law enforcement units which the Director manages including K9, Chemical Immobilization, Boating Accident Reconstruction, Hunting Related Shooting Incidents and PEER support.


The EnCon Division is currently seeking to hire Protective Services Trainees. This class is a recruitment and training program for the class of Police Officer. Upon successful completion of training and probationary requirement, incumbents in this class will be eligible for appointment to Police Officer with responsibility for protection of life and property.

Training Program: Candidates hired as a Protective Services Trainee will be reporting to the Academy for the first nine months or so, followed by field training. The duty station will be Hartford until promoted to Police Officer. 

After academy completion, recruits will be placed in locations based on agency need. The agency will work with the recruits to best facilitate location preference.

The Law Enforcement Division covers all of Connecticut in three different Districts.

1. The Western District, with the headquarters currently in Harwinton covers the towns in the western part of the state from Suffield south to North Branford west to Wilton north along the Western boundary of Connecticut to Salisbury.

2. The Eastern District, with the headquarters in Marlborough covers the towns in the eastern part of the state from Enfield south to Killingworth east to North Stonington north along the Eastern boundary of Connecticut to Thompson.

3. The Marine District, with the headquarters in Old Lyme covers all the shoreline towns in Connecticut from Greenwich to Stonington and is responsible for the patrol of Long Island Sound and Marine Fisheries enforcement.


We take part in a competitive benefits plan which includes:
To learn more about what it takes to become a Conservation Enforcement Officer, view the video linked here.

To learn more about the benefits of working for the State of Connecticut, please watch this video below!

Selection Plan

These positions are non-competitive.  Open to the public.

  • Applicants for this class must have reached their 21st birthday.
  • Applicants must have received a high school diploma or GED before becoming a sworn member of the Division of Environmental Conservation Police.
  • Applicants are required to pass a Physical Agility Test prior to appointment.
  • Incumbents in this class must establish residence within Connecticut just prior to completion of the State Police (Municipal) Training Academy.
  • Incumbents must possess and retain Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator’s license during employment.
The DEEP EnCon Police hiring process is extensive; the time from application to appointment can take several months. 
The application to hire process is separated into six stages:  
1. Application Period: 
  • Please ensure that your application is complete. You are unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut. Applicant Support can be reached by email at Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity. 
  • Due to the large volume of applications, please do not call/email to confirm receipt or status of your application. If your application submits successfully, a pop-up confirmation displays, which is followed by a confirmation email. You can view all emailed notices on your Personal Status Board by clicking the date in the Last Notice column for this recruitment. 
  • Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.
2. Referral Questions: These questions are designed to allow hiring managers to learn more about your abilities and skills related to the Protective Services Trainee position.

The Referral Questionnaire notice is sent to your personal email address and is also viewable on your Online Employment Center Personal Status Board, in the Certification Questionnaires section. To continue on in the hiring process, you must respond to and officially submit the Referral Questionnaire by the deadline stated in the notice. Applicants are urged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status and view all emailed notices, in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.

Please do not call or email about status updates regarding referral questions. If you successfully submit your questionnaire on time, a confirmation page displays immediately following your submission. On your Personal Status Board, the submission date and time display in the Certification Questionnaires section. 

Important Note: By the terms of use agreement, you acknowledged when you registered for the Online Employment Center, you may only have one (1) profile set up. If you created multiple profiles, you will be unable to access the referral questions. If you suspect you have more than one profile, please email Applicant Support at no later than two (2) days before the referral questionnaire deadline to request a profile merge. Please provide the following information in your email:
  • First and last name (including any hyphenated last name, or those with suffixes such as Jr)
  • First three (3) letters of your last name at birth
  • Address
  • Day of birth
  • Primary phone number
  • Email address
3. Physical Fitness Assessment: Candidates must take and pass a Physical Fitness Assessment that measures muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility.  Valid CHIP cards will be accepted prior to the CT State Police Physical Ability Test. 

To register, please follow the instructions on the CHIP Test Schedule.     

Instructional Video Links:
4. Polygraph Examination: Inquiries concerning employment history; driving history; medical history; financial history; gambling history; illegal possession, use and sale of drugs/narcotics; criminal activity; military history; illegal sexual activity; use of alcohol; general personal data; prior conduct in police/security/corrections fields; subversive, revolutionary or gang activity; basic honesty and integrity.
5. Background Investigation: Comprehensive review of employment, education, training, criminal, motor vehicle and credit history. 

6. Psychological Evaluation: Combination of written tests and interviews to assess suitability for employment in law enforcement. 

7. Medical Evaluation: Comprehensive physical examination, including drug screening.       

EnCon Police Recruit Training Program:  
  • Successful completion of all phases of the selection process means that you are eligible to be considered for final appointment as a Protective Services Trainee.  If you are selected as a Protective Services Trainee, you will enter the physically and mentally demanding training program at the State Police (Municipal) Academy.  
  • This program lasts approximately twenty-six (26) weeks and includes classroom instruction, practical exercises and physical conditioning.  Trainees are required to live at the Academy Monday through Friday.  
  • After graduation from the program, Trainees are required to complete twelve (12) weeks of field training and must be able to pass a swim test including swimming 100 years within four (4) minutes.   
Note to Applicants on Active Military Duty: Special accommodations may be made for applicants on active military duty at the time of the application filing period. Documentation showing out of state deployment will be required. Please contact Jennifer Tokarczyk,, 860-424-3970.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

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. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.

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 question'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.

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

Questions about the position and this recruitment should be directed to the DEEP HR email box at

Technical questions regarding your application in JobAps should be directed to Nick Naples via email at



In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for taking a prescribed formal academic and on the job training course in conservation enforcement.


General intelligence; ability to follow oral and written instructions; ability in oral and written expression; ability to evaluate emergency situations and develop effective courses of action; ability to deal effectively with those contacted in the work.


  • Experience speaking with the public, one on one and to groups in a work setting.  
  • Experience with hunting including small game, waterfowl, big game, and trapping. 
  • Experience utilizing de-escalating methods.  
  • Experience in providing security and public safety patrols. 
  • Experience in motorized boating, including: Operating a vessel, trailering a vessel, and boaters safety course.  
  • Experience in outdoor recreation including: hiking, geocaching, birding, camping, or paddle water sports.  
  • Recreational or educational experience with Marine or Freshwater fisheries.   
  • Experience working as a team with other agencies or units and non-governmental organizations to achieve a mission. 


1. Applicants must be a United States Citizen by date of appointment.

2. Applicants must have a High School diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certification prior to admission to the Connecticut Police Training Academy.

3. During the period as a Conservation Enforcement Trainee candidates will be required to complete a course of training to include completion and graduation from the Connecticut Police Training Academy program or its equivalent.

4. Appointment to this class will be for a period not to exceed twelve (12) months. Provisional appointment will be made to the target class when formal training has not been completed after twelve (12) months as a Protective Services Trainee (Conservation Enforcement). Appointment will be made to the target class after successful completion and graduation of formal training.

5. Applicants in this class must have reached their 21st birthday.

6. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

7. Incumbents in this class may be required to obtain and retain Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic certification.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


1. Incumbents in this class must have general good health, be free from any disease or injury which would impair health or usefulness and possess and retain sufficient physical strength, stamina, agility, endurance and visual and auditory acuity to perform the duties of the class. A physical fitness assessment will be required of all applicants.

2. A comprehensive medical examination, including a controlled substance screening, will be required of all applicants upon a conditional offer of employment.

3. Conservation Enforcement Trainee: Applicants must be able to pass a swim test including swimming 100 yards within four (4) minutes.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to unpleasant situations which may cause injury and may be exposed to uncomfortable weather conditions.



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