Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Water Monitoring and Assessment Program

Recruitment #221116-3492VR-001


Are you looking for an interesting and rewarding seasonal position?
If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity!

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is looking to hire a Seasonal Resource Assistant to work in the Water Monitoring and Assessment Program. This position will be stationed in Hartford, CT with the option of remote work. The position also includes field work conducted out of Old Lyme and Milford.

The State of Connecticut 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.

Our Water Protection and Land Reuse Bureau, Water Planning and Management Division has an exciting opportunity for a Seasonal Resource Assistant in the Water Monitoring and Assessment Program.

Water has shaped Connecticut’s landscape, eroding the land and leaving behind the varied topography that is Connecticut today. Adequate supplies of clean water are critical to support human societies as well as to maintain healthy ecological communities. Water is used to provide transportation corridors for the movement of people and commerce, as a power source to fuel industry, to irrigate our farms, to provide cooling for electric power generation, and to sustain the fish and shellfish that grace our dinner tables. Water provides recreation for fishermen, boaters, swimmers, and those who simply enjoy the aesthetic beauty of many of our water resources. Most fundamentally, every day, each of us must consume some quantity of water to insure our own personal survival. Each and every living creature has a similar need since water is, in fact, the principal chemical ingredient in all forms of life on earth. 

The quality and quantity of the State’s waters is a reflection of our use and in some case misuse of our water resources. Many are used to dilute and assimilate wastes generated as a result of human activities. Rain washes contaminants out of the atmosphere and off the land surface into our rivers and streams. Damming our rivers to produce electricity or extraction of surface or groundwater water for human use can alter natural streamflow patterns and threaten the sustainability of natural populations of fish and other aquatic life. Poorly planned development, destruction of wetlands, and is some cases a lack of dam maintenance can increase the potential for severe flooding and the destruction of property and loss of life that can be associated with those events. 

The Water Monitoring and Assessment Program collects samples to evaluate the physical, chemical and biological condition of the State’s waters.  This information helps to support management of the State’s waters and implement the U.S. Clean Water Act.

The role is based out of the DEEP Headquarters in Hartford with field work conducted out of Old Lyme and Milford. The position is typically thirty-five (35) hours per week. Early morning and/or late-night hours required when performing fieldwork.  There is some flexibility in the schedule. The position is 1,040 hours in duration.

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Selection Plan

This position is non-competitive and open to the public.  

The selected candidate must be fluent in English, be at least 18 years old and possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license. The selected candidate 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.                                                  

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.                                                                        

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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.


  • Conduct intensive monthly water quality monitoring in Long Island Sound aboard a 50-foot research vessel under various sea and weather conditions. 
  • Organize, enter, and query data
  • Fulfill external data requests 
  • Develop data visualization tools 
  • Perform quality control reviews of data 
  • Perform data analysis and develop reports 
  • Assist with editing existing volunteer materials including manuals, as well as creating new materials, including online self-paced training videos. 


Ability to follow instructions.


  • College level course work and/or experience in one or more of the following; water quality monitoring, aquatic biology, limnology, ecology, microbiology, entomology, and environmental science. 
  • Experience managing projects and meeting deadlines;
  • Experience or academic coursework with spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation programs;
  • Experience solving problems and adapting to changing priorities;
  • Experience working in both a team environment and on individual projects;
  • Experience communicating concepts and ideas both in writing and verbally to audiences of various sizes;
  • Experience reviewing scientific reports and published documents;
  • Boating experience and mechanical ability;
  • GIS experience;
  • Survey 123, and R programming experience. 


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.