Camp Harkness - Developmental Services Worker 1

(Horticulture Activities Director) Office/On-Site | 35 (Hours)

Recruitment #230330-5661HM-001


Are you looking for a seasonal opportunity where you are able to make a difference? 
If so, join our team!

The State of Connecticut, the Department of  Developmental Services (DDS)- South Region, Camp Harkness, is currently accepting applications for the position of Developmental Services Worker 1-Horticultural Activities Director.

Comprehensive Benefit Offerings: 
  • There are no benefits with this position.
Position Highlights:
  • Schedule:
  • Tuesday - Saturday: 8:00am - 3:00pm; Regular Days Off: Sunday & Monday         
  • This is a seasonal position and will end no later than November 17, 2023.  
      The Role:
      • Job duties include, but are not limited to:
      • Responsible for providing necessary support and assistance to the Camp Director in the overall operation and program activities at Camp Harkness. 
      Camp Harkness: 
      • Located in Southeastern Connecticut on the shores of Long Island Sound. The 102-acre property in Waterford CT is comprised of open and wooded land and includes tidal marsh and beachfront. Facilities at Camp Harkness include year-round and seasonal cabins, year-round cottages, seasonal tent sites, barnyard animals, picnic pavilions & grills, accessible playscape, scenic walkway and overlook, bathhouse, beach with seasonal boardwalk, gardens, dining hall, lodge, and infirmary. Camp Harkness is owned by the State of Connecticut and managed by the Department of Developmental Services.
      • At DDS, we aim to support lifelong planning, and to join with others to create and promote meaningful opportunities for individuals to fully participate as valued members of their communities.
      • These are seasonal positions and DDS permanent employees will not be considered for these positions. 

      Selection Plan

      These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. Applications to this recruitment will be used to meet collective bargaining requirements. Once any collective bargaining requirements have been met, all other applicants may be considered.

      To Apply:
      • This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization.
      • If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Jennifer Borenski, EEO Specialist 2 at (860) 418-6143 or
      • Must be at least 20 years old as of May 19, 2023.     
      • Applicants must be able to work for the full season and must complete all required DDS training.   
      • Incumbent must possess and retain a valid Red Cross Waterfront Life Guard certification which includes certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid.
      • Must possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle license.
      • Incumbent must be able to perform emergency first aid as needed.
      • All certifications must be valid from the beginning to the end of the working period.
      • Incumbents must successfully pass a pre-employment physical exam.
      • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting. Please note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.
      • For assistance in applying, please visit our Applicant Tips on How to Apply page.
      • 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.
      • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
        Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
        • Due to the large volume of applications received, the Department of Administrative Services is unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.
        Connect With Us:
        • If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Anamaria Giangarra at and reference the recruitment number. 
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        In the Department of Developmental Services this class is accountable for acting as part of a team in an intensive programming effort designed for the care, guidance, supervision and training of individuals.


        Receives training in, then independently implements, policies and procedures designed to achieve objectives of a program for persons with intellectual disabilities; provides assistance and instruction to individuals in activities of daily living; participates in therapeutic programs for development of individuals capabilities; provides guidance and instruction to individuals in development of desirable personal habits, hygiene and social relationships; implements individual program plans; participates in preparation, serving and feeding of meals; performs housekeeping duties necessary to maintain a clean and healthy environment; participates in social and recreational activities; reinforces appropriate individual behavior through modification techniques; may administer selected oral medications with appropriate training; performs related duties as required.


        Considerable interpersonal skills; ability to develop a positive relationship with individuals; ability to train individuals in self care habits, personal hygiene and proper social conduct; ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.


        Experience and/or training that could be expected to provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.


        Preference will be given to candidates who possess: 
        • Experience working or volunteering with people with disabilities.
        • Experience working in a camp, park, or other recreational setting.


        1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and maintain their Medication Certification as   defined by the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing Declaratory Ruling – Delegation by Licensed Nurses to Unlicensed Assistive Personnel,; when working in a location that does not have 24 hour nursing care.
        2. Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
        3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator's license, Public Passenger Endorsement or Commercial Driver's license for designated positions.
        4. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


        Incumbents in this class must possess physical and emotional health for efficient performance of duties; a physical examination may be required.


        Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain individuals; may have significant exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/abusive individuals; may be exposed to strongly disagreeable conditions.



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