Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area

Recruitment #230112-3492VR-002


Are you looking to help protect Connecticut's beautiful landscape? If so, we have a terrific seasonal opportunity for you!

The mission of the DEEP Wildlife Division is to advance the conservation, use, and appreciation of Connecticut’s wildlife resources. The Division’s Habitat Management Program supports this mission by managing for a diversity of habitats on our system of 109 state-owned wildlife management areas, as well as state forests and other state and private lands. These lands support wildlife-based recreation, including hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife viewing and the Habitat Program is responsible for managing and maintaining these areas to support that use. A range of techniques are used to manage habitat, including forest harvests, mulching and mowing, prescribed burning, invasive plant control, and open marsh water management. Areas require a variety of maintenance to support safe public access for wildlife-based recreation. Individuals will have the opportunity to work closely with state agency wildlife biologists and a wide range of staff responsible for managing wildlife habitat across the state.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Bureau of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division is currently recruiting for a Seasonal Resource Assistant to work within the Habitat Management Program to assist in maintaining public access areas and conducting habitat enhancement projects on wildlife management areas statewide. The main work location will be the DEEP Wildlife Division’s Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington. 

Positions Include: (see details under Examples of Duties)  
Seasonal Maintainer: Assist in maintaining public access areas and conducting habitat enhancement projects on wildlife management areas statewide.

The position is thirty-five (35) to forty (40) hours per week, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 am – 5:00 pm (hours flexible). Occasional weekend and evening work required. 

Anticipated Duration: Approximately six (6) months from date of hire.

Salary: Depends on relevant education and/or experience. There are no benefits with this position, except paid holiday leave after 90 calendar days of employment.

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.

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For inquiries specific to the position and regarding status of your application, please contact Peter Picone, 860-916-0963,

To learn more about what it's like as a Seasonal Resource Assistant, check out the video below! 

Selection Plan

This is a non-competitive recruitment, open to the public. The selected candidates must have a valid driver’s license and an excellent driving record.

  • Must be proficient in towing utility trailers (max. 20 feet; under 10,000 lbs.) and operating and maintaining chainsaws, brush saws and other power tools, lawn and brush mowers (DR, X-mark, Model 3520 John Deere tractor w/bush hog, auger and backhoe attachments) and spray equipment (backpack units (up to 40lbs) and truck mounted tank); 
  • Must have an ability to use maps to locate sites and keep a written record of existing land uses, maintenance needs, and daily activities/accomplishments; 
  • Must have a willingness and ability to obtain a DEEP (governmental) pesticide applicator’s license and assist in applying herbicides on undesirable vegetation (training, study documents and testing will be provided by DEEP at no cost to the employee); 
  • The employee must be willing to work out of doors in natural habitats in a variety of adverse weather conditions and under potentially hazardous field conditions (e.g., bee stings or insect bites, poison ivy, rocky or uneven terrain, etc.). Knowledge of habitat management practices for wildlife and invasive plant identification helpful.
  • Applicants must be comfortable with conducting independent field work, must have a valid driver’s license and must be able to communicate effectively with marina owners and dock staff.   
  • Selected candidates must be fluent in English and be 18 years old.
  • 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.
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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.


The employee will assist the Habitat Program in maintaining public access areas and conducting habitat enhancement projects on wildlife management areas statewide by performing the following duties under the daily supervision of Habitat Program Wildlife Biologists and Maintainers: 
  • (1) maintaining parking lots and service roads (e.g., trash pick-up, mowing, weed control); (2) constructing, installing and maintaining signs; (3) clearing downed trees; (4) painting and installing gates; (5) controlling invasive plants and maintaining early successional habitats (e.g., old fields, grasslands, shrublands, young forests) through mechanical means and herbicide applications; (6) planting trees and shrubs; (7) installing or maintaining deer proof fencing; (8) maintaining water control structures and clearing dams of invading vegetation; (9) constructing, installing and monitoring nest boxes; (10) boundary posting; (11) maintaining the Wildlife Division’s office building, grounds and associated facilities, including outbuildings, parking areas, service roads and shooting range at the Franklin Swamp Wildlife Management Area in North Franklin (e.g., lawn mowing, grounds upkeep, trash removal, cleaning restrooms and kitchen area, washing windows, cleaning floors, painting and staining, service road maintenance and sign posting); (12) maintaining boundaries and structures at public shooting ranges in Glastonbury and Tolland; and (13) other duties as assigned. Opportunities to assist on other field projects (e.g., Canada goose banding, bird surveys, forest inventory, public outreach, etc.) may be made available as time allows and according to employee interest. 


Ability to follow instructions.


  • Preferred applicants will be able to work full-time for the entire recreation season and have related experience or training.


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.