Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant

Environmental Justice Program

Recruitment #230404-3492VR-001


Are you looking to gain environmental experience? If so, we have a terrific seasonal opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Justice Program is seeking to hire a Seasonal Resource Assistant.  

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) mission is to protect the public's health and well-being and to conserve, improve and protect the natural resources of the state of Connecticut. As trustee of the environment for present and future generations, the Department achieves its mission through its regulation, enforcement and licensing procedures which help control pollution; by managing the state’s parks and forests and other recreational amenities; and by developing and coordinating the state’s environmental plans and educational programs with other public and private agencies. The Department carries out its mission in a way that encourages the social and economic development of the state while preserving the natural environment and the life forms it supports. Fundamental to fair administration of its programs and services is the Department’s effort to reach all segments of the population.
Federal and state environmental laws have accomplished a great deal in the control, reduction and elimination of pollution. However, these same laws have restricted certain types of activities and have designated some areas not suitable for development. These areas tend be the rural towns of the State. Conversely, the evolutionary development of the cities (in terms of infrastructure, transportation, population makeup) has resulted in the state’s manufacturing and industrial base being located primarily in the urban areas, where the greatest concentration of racial and ethnic minority groups and lower income persons reside. The Department recognizes that a higher number of potential sources of pollution in these areas may consequently cause a disproportionate impact on their residents. 

The Environmental Justice Program has responsibility for the implementation of CGS 22a-20a, Environmental Justice Communities.  This law defines environmental justice communities based on relevant socioeconomic, health and environmental indicators. 

Position Highlights
  • Anticipated Duration: Approximately six (6) months (no more than 1,030 hours).
  • Salary: Depends on relevant education and/or experience. There are no benefits with this position.  
Contact Information
For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobAps, please contact Nicholas Naples at

Any inquiries regarding the status of your application for this position must be made directly to: Edith Pestana,

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

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Selection Plan

This is a non-competitive recruitment, open to the public.

  • Selected candidates must be fluent in English and be at least 16 years old or 18 years old, depending on the position.
  • 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.
  • 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.)


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.


The seasonal position would provide an update to the geographic location of environmental justice communities and assess environmental and public health risk indicators using the USEPA Environmental Justice Screening Tool (EJSCREEN). The vulnerability to climate change will also be analyzed through the GIS data. EJSCREEN is an environmental justice mapping and screening tool that provides the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a nationally consistent dataset and approach for combining environmental and demographic indicators. Users identify a geographic area, and then the tool provides demographic and environmental information for the area. All indicators included in the report are publicly available data. EJSCREEN simply displays the information and includes a method for combining environmental and demographic indicators into environmental justice (EJ) indexes.


Ability to follow instructions.


  • Experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS); 
  • Experience implementing knowledge of Public Heath and Environmental Indicators. 


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.