Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Wetland Habitat and Mosquito Management

Recruitment #221028-3492VR-002

Introduction



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The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Wildlife Division is seeking to hire a Seasonal Resource Assistant to work within the Wetland Habitat and Mosquito Management (WHAMM) Program to assist in conducting habitat enhancement projects on wildlife management areas and other properties statewide.

POSITION DETAILS
Individuals will have the opportunity to work closely with state agency wildlife biologists and a wide range of staff responsible for managing wildlife habitat across the state.

Minimum age required for this position is 18. Candidates must have:
  1. A valid motor vehicle operator’s license;
  2. Proficiency in towing utility trailers (max. 20 feet; under 10,000 lbs.) and operating brush saws and other power tools, lawn and brush mowers and spray equipment (backpack units (up to 40lbs) and truck mounted tank);
  3. An ability to use maps to locate sites and keep a written record of existing land uses, maintenance needs, and daily activities/accomplishments;
  4. An ability to work as a team member or independently; and 
  5. Adequate physical strength and stamina to perform the required duties.
The employee must be willing to work out of doors in natural habitats in a variety of adverse weather conditions and under potentially hazardous field conditions (e.g., bee stings or insect bites, poison ivy, rocky or uneven terrain, etc.). Knowledge of habitat management practices for wildlife and invasive plant identification helpful.

The main work location will be DEEP’s Wetland Restoration Unit in Madison. The selected candidate must have a valid driver’s license and an excellent driving record.

The length of this position is approximately six months, with a maximum of 1,030 hours. This position will be held in the winter, with an anticipated start date in November. The position is 35-40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, between 7:30am – 5:00pm (hours flexible).

For specific details on the duties of this position, please see the "Examples of Duties" section below.

CONTACT US
For inquiries specific to the position and regarding status of your application, please contact Roger Wolfe at 860-418-5987 or roger.wolfe@ct.gov.

For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobAps, please contact Jake Ferrari at jake.ferrari@ct.gov.

ABOUT US
The mission of the DEEP Wildlife Division is to advance the conservation, use, and appreciation of Connecticut’s wildlife resources. The Division’s Habitat Management Program supports this mission by managing for a diversity of habitats on our system of 109 state-owned wildlife management areas, as well as state forests and other state and private lands. These lands support wildlife-based recreation, including hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife viewing and the Habitat Program is responsible for managing and maintaining these areas to support that use. A range of techniques are used to manage habitat, including forest harvests, mulching and mowing, prescribed burning, invasive plant control, and open marsh water management. Areas require a variety of maintenance to support safe public access for wildlife-based recreation.

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Selection Plan

CT DEEP encourages you to consider applying for seasonal opportunities at alternate locations as your application is under review.

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

Selected candidates must possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (including work outside in inclement weather, work outside for extended periods), and work well with other staff and members of the public.

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

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

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

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

The employee will assist the WHAMM Program in conducting mosquito control and habitat enhancement projects on state, Federal and private lands by performing any of the following duties under the daily supervision of Habitat Program Wildlife Biologists, Mosquito Control Specialists and Maintainers: (1) maintaining parking lots and service roads (e.g., trash pick-up, mowing, weed control); (2) constructing, installing and maintaining signs; (3) clearing downed trees; (4) painting and installing gates; (5) controlling invasive plants and maintaining early successional habitats (e.g., old fields, grasslands, shrublands, young forests) through mechanical means and herbicide applications; (6) planting trees and shrubs; (7) installing or maintaining deer proof fencing; (8) maintaining water control structures and clearing dams of invading vegetation; (9) constructing, installing and monitoring nest boxes; (10) maintaining the WHAMM Unit’s office building, grounds and associated facilities, including outbuildings, and parking areas (e.g., lawn mowing, grounds upkeep, trash removal, cleaning restrooms and office area, washing windows, cleaning floors, painting and staining); (12) inspecting inland and coastal wetlands for mosquito larvae treating mosquito breeding areas with approved insecticides, and 13) other duties as assigned. Opportunities to assist on other field projects (e.g., Canada goose banding, bird surveys, forest inventory, public outreach, etc.) may be made available as time allows and according to employee interest.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Ability to follow instructions.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

PHYSICAL 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.

Conclusion

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.



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