Are you looking for an interesting and rewarding seasonal position?
If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity!
Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Forestry Division encourages the long-term practice of responsible and sustainable forest management. We accomplish this by; 1) Protecting Connecticut's forest resources from the effects of fire, insects, disease, and misuse. 2) Providing accurate and timely information about Connecticut's forest resources. 3) Certifying forest practitioners, 4) Managing the State Forests, 5) Engaging municipalities and citizens in the work of urban forestry, and 6) Providing guidance to private and municipal forestland owners.
With over 60% of Connecticut’s population residing in urban areas, urban and community forests play a critical role in the provisioning of services and benefits for Connecticut residents and beyond. The Urban and Community Forestry Program housed within the Forestry Division is charged with advising, assisting, and providing resources to municipalities, non-profit organizations, and residents to help them grow, maintain, and improve their urban and community forests.
The Urban and Community Forestry program is seeking to hire an EP Seasonal Resources Assistant within the Urban and Community Forestry program. In this role, you will develop and maintain a statewide database documenting relevant stakeholders and resources in each of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities. This is a unique opportunity to work at the state-level to document and assess the current status of urban forestry programs throughout the state while also establishing local contacts at the municipal-level. In this role you will also learn about national urban forestry initiatives including reporting metrics used by the US Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program.
Under the supervision of the Urban Forestry Coordinator:
- Assists with the creation and maintenance of a state-wide urban forestry dataset.
- Conducts outreach to municipal land managers, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders to document urban forestry resources in each of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities including but not limited to: information on tree ordinances, staffing, management plans, and advocacy groups.
- Develops database to document urban forestry resources by municipality. Enters data on urban forestry resources and maintains state-wide urban forestry database. Creates maps or other visualization tools to assess gaps in programming across the state.
- Performs miscellaneous administrative duties: uses computer (write reports, databases, GIS); responds (e.g., written & orally) to correspondence & inquiries; provides recommendations to supervisor & staff on assessment of database to improve efficiency; reviews plans & documents prepared by others.
This is a seasonal position on first shift. Duration of this position is approximately 6 months, not to exceed 1040 total hours in duration.
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These positions are non-competitive and open to the public.
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 your application is complete prior to submission. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.
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, transcripts, diplomas, 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.
For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobAps, please contact Nicholas Naples at Nicholas.Naples@ct.gov.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
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.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
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.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Ability to follow instructions.
- Experience communicating with the general public in person, over the phone or email.
- Experience with stakeholder engagement and outreach.
- Experience creating and maintaining databases.
- Experience with Microsoft Office suites (Excel, Word, Outlook).
- Experience using geospatial mapping tools such as ArcGIS and/or ArcGIS online.
- Professional experience in urban forestry, arboriculture, forestry, and/or community outreach.
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.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.