Agricultural Worker 2 (37.5 Hour)

Recruitment #230511-8936TC-001


Looking for an agricultural career at one of Connecticut's beautiful state parks?
If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity!

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is recruiting for an Agricultural Worker 2, located at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford.

We take part in a competitive benefits plan which includes:
  • Generous paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick, and personal);
  • Excellent health and dental coverage;
  • Pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV) and more!
In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
  • Providing limitless opportunities;
  • Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
  • Performing meaningful work; and
  • Encouraging a healthy work life balance.
Our state has a lot to offer - from fun activities for all ages, to great food and shopping, to our diverse cultures and rich history. Connecticut is a great place to live! Learn more about Connecticut here.

This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week) position. The schedule for this position will typically be Monday-Friday, first shift, but may require occasional evening, weekend, and holiday work. This position will be located in Waterford, CT at Harkness Memorial State Park, but may require occasional travel to other facilities.

The Agricultural Worker 2 will be responsible for the care and maintenance of the former Harkness Estate, including park grounds, gardens, greenhouse, and other plantings, as well as the propagation of rare heirloom cultivars, based on historic plans and research. Duties of this position include
  • Leading and directing seasonal and permanent staff and coordinating the volunteers who assist in the gardens;
  • Leading and directing all aspects of propagation of historically appropriate plants;
  • Plant disease identification and appropriate treatment to ensure survival of plants;
  • Operation and management of a historic greenhouse with complex, modern, climate control, irrigation, and lighting systems;
  • Implementation of landscape architecture blueprints and plans;
  • Research to restore gardens accurately and to source appropriate historic plants;
  • Direct appropriate plant placement, installation and aftercare in garden beds;
  • Plan, lead, and direct appropriate pruning and fertilization schedules;
  • Direct appropriate year-round care for historic trees, shrubs, vines, roses, perennials and annuals on the 400 acre property;
  • Interact successfully with the public touring the gardens to provide accurate information about the plantings, design, and history of the landscape;
  • May be required to present historical garden information and tours to the media, garden groups, researchers, and the general public;
  • Other duties as required.
Harkness Memorial State Park is the 200+ acre estate of Edward and Mary Harkness in Waterford, CT, on the shore of Long Island Sound. Awarded the Millennium Medallion Award by the American Society of Landscape Architects and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Harkness mansion is set among stately trees and grounds and surrounded by spectacular botanical gardens.

The gardens blend heirloom plantings with Mrs. Harkness’ collection of historic Asian statuary, and the historical corridor of the park encompasses a wide range of native and ornamental specimen trees. The gardens have been largely restored to their original, early twentieth century designs drawn by James Gamble Rogers and Beatrix Farrand, an original founder of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the later design by Marian Coffin, whose work includes the gardens at Winterthur and Gibraltar in Delaware. The Harkness gardens include Italian, Asian, alpine rock, boxwood parterre, cutting, and reference gardens, along with many other formal floral beds and planted containers. The restored Lord and Burnham greenhouse hosts an original grapery, fish pond, and potting shed. Its state of the art, computerized mechanical system allows the propagation of unique plant stock, annuals, and signature heliotrope grown for the park grounds and gardens.

A popular wedding site and concert venue, the park is host to 250,000 visitors annually and enjoys the benefits of a large “friends” volunteer organization. It is also a participating member of the Connecticut Historic Garden Group.

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Selection Plan

Before you apply, make note of the following:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Questions about this position should be directed to Jake Ferrari via email at


In a state agency, facility or institution this class is accountable for performing the most highly skilled agricultural work or acting as a lead over other agricultural workers.


Performs highly skilled agricultural work in one or more area related to general farm labor, farm animals and/or complex plant science, dairy manufacturing and agricultural functions; leads staff engaged in agricultural work in a related area; assists professional staff in instructional and research work; demonstrates and participates in scientific and technical methods and procedures used in agriculture; uses heavy earthmoving equipment to dig ditches, clean drainage ditches, load gravel and perform general landscape work; transports equipment, livestock, grains and feed; plows snow; assembles and prepares diary ingredients for processing; ensures standards for quality of dairy products; repairs complex farm machinery and other equipment; breeds and neuters animals; mixes feed rations and maintains weight records for animals; determines proper lighting and ventilation of greenhouses; determines methods and procedures to be used in culture and propagation of plants; manages agricultural products salesroom and sells products; keeps records, statistical research data, logs and prepares reports; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of methods used in culture and propagation of crops, produce, plants, flowers and orchards; considerable knowledge of care, health and management of animals; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to operate and maintain a wide variety of complex equipment and machinery related to particular agricultural area; ability to follow oral and written instructions; some supervisory ability.


Three (3) years of experience in one of the following areas related to the specific needs of the position:

- General farm labor (crops, produce, orchards, etc.)
- Farm animal science and/or maintenance (dairy, horses, poultry, sheep, pigs, etc.)
- Plant science
- Dairy manufacturing


College training in agriculture or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of two (2) years for an Associate's degree.


  • Experience communicating to individuals and groups orally and in writing;
  • Experience executing onsite installation and maintenance of plants including annuals, perennials, vines, trees, planters, and manicured lawns;
  • Experience with the propagation of heirloom and contemporary plants of common and rare cultivars;
  • Experience identifying and eradicating invasive species of plants;
  • Experience with historic landscape design, heirloom plantings, and garden restoration practices;
  • Experience reading, interpreting and implementing planting plans;
  • Experience operating and managing year round greenhouse production;
  • Experience operating and maintaining landscape machinery and farm equipment;
  • Experience leading and supervising workers on agricultural or botanical projects.


  1. Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


  1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility, visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties.
  2. A physical examination may be required.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights and may be exposed to extreme weather conditions and risk of injury from machinery or animals.



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