Are you looking to help protect Connecticut's beautiful landscape? If so, we have a terrific seasonal opportunity for you!
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.
Seasonal Resource Assistants with the Inland Ambient Monitoring Program will assist with a variety of duties, such as:
- Conducting water quality sampling at state park beaches, lakes and ponds, and rivers and streams;
- Field collection of fish and macroinvertebrate samples;
- Water temperature probe deployment;
- Laboratory preparation of samples.
Additional duties may include but are not limited to:
- Use and calibration of water quality monitoring instruments;
- Data quality assurance and entry;
- Literature searches;
- Maintenance and cleanup of the laboratory, instruments, equipment, vehicles and boats; Performs other duties as required.
Schedule: Thirty-five (35) hours per week, Monday - Friday. Early morning and/or late-night hours required when performing fieldwork.
Anticipated Duration: Approximately six (6) months and no more than 1,040 hours.
Salary: Depends on relevant education and/or experience. There are no benefits with this position.
The 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.
For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobAps, please contact Benjamin Beaudry at Benjamin.Beaudry@ct.gov.
Any inquiries regarding the status of your application for these positions must be made directly to Mary Becker at Mary.Becker@ct.gov.
To learn more about the program, check out the video below!
This is a non-competitive recruitment, open to the public.
IMPORTANT SELECTIONS INFORMATION
- Selected candidates must be fluent in English, be at least 18 years old and possess a valid driver's license.
- 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.
- Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.
- Complete a Master Application and directly apply to this recruitment.
- 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 that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOU APPLY
- The recruitment process may take several months. Due to volume, we are unable to give individual application updates. We encourage applicants to review their application status via their Personal Status Board on JobAps.
- Please regularly check your email for notifications (be sure to check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.)
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
Assists employees of higher grade; 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 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.
The ideal candidate would have:
- 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;
- Mechanical experience;
- Experience with personal computers;
- Experience with boating;
- Experience with ArcMap GIS.
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.