Are you looking to help protect Connecticut's beautiful marine landscape? If so, we have a unique seasonal opportunity for you!
The Long Island Sound Study is a bistate and stakeholder partnership dedicated to protecting and restoring the sound. While there has been significant progress in the restoration and protection of the resources of Long Island Sound, the partnership is taking a hard look at equity in the decision-making processes. Each of these decisions in investments, implementation and protection are derived from a variety of data sources. As a partner of the Long Island Sound Study, DEEP is seeking to build connections with communities and improve access to these decisions and the data that feeds these decisions. DEEP is seeking bi/multi-lingual staff to build capacity, communications and create meaningful connections and access to the Long Island Sound resources.
One of the specific data points that DEEP seeks to support through this program is the annual survey of the public who fish along CT’s coastline with DEEP’s Marine Fisheries Program (MFP). The survey includes questions such as quantities of kept and released fish, their associated length/weight measurements and other information about that fishing trip. The survey is voluntary and requires good communication with potential responders. The survey data is used to determine recreational harvest of marine fish species, which is critical for stock assessment purposes and ultimately for managing the marine fishery for the public.
The survey is provided in English, and the MFP is extending the program to include language support for non-English speakers. This language support is intended to create more equitable representation in the angler survey, and thereby enable more equitable representation in the management decisions that are based on this data and build a genuine connection with non-English speaking angler communities of Connecticut. The language support team will be provided the same training as survey technicians and provided all the necessary identifying clothing and materials to perform the job duties. The language support staff should be able to effectively engage with the public but are not required to have previous experience related to angler surveys. EP SRAs with this program will work under direct supervision and independently.
POSITION AVAILABLE (See details under EXAMPLES OF DUTIES section)
Environmental Protection Seasonal Resource Assistant (Marine Angler Survey Program)
Anticipated Duration: Start date is June 1 and no more than 1,040 hours in duration.
Schedule: The work week is based on 35 hours with required weekends and holidays when peak fishing occurs. Days off are during the week, but the work schedule is extremely flexible. Field work may occur between the hours of 6:00 AM until 9:00 PM.
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.
MISSION OF DEEP'S BUREAU OF NATURAL RESOURCES
To conserve and enhance Connecticut’s fish, wildlife and forest resources and to enhance opportunities for public use and appreciation.
The Bureau is charged with managing the state’s natural resources (particularly fish, wildlife, and forests) through a program of research, management, public education, and regulation.
For technical support regarding the filing of your application in JobAps, please contact Benjamin Beaudry at Benjamin.Beaudry@ct.gov.
For specific questions regarding employment as a Seasonal Resource Assistant with this program, please contact Marine Angler Survey Project Leader David Molnar at David.Molnar@ct.gov or 860-447-4334.
CT DEEP encourages you to consider applying for seasonal opportunities at alternate locations as your application is under review.
IMPORTANT SELECTIONS INFORMATION
- Candidates must be bilingual or multilingual, at least 18 years old, have a valid driver's license and comfortable driving between locations.
- Possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties, and work well with other staff and members of the public.
- Be highly responsible and able to make decisions independently as most shifts conducting the angler survey are conducted alone.
- 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.)
- Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.
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
Duties include interacting with the public, translating interviews and marine recreational fishing regulations in Spanish and Mandarin from shore, boat launches, at marinas and also on party/charter boats at sea. Duties may also include written translations of introductory and supporting materials for the surveys, as well as creation of multilingual outreach materials.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Ability to follow instructions.
Applicants that have the following experience or training will be able to work full-time for the full six months:
- Bilingual/multilingual with focus in languages that occur in Connecticut’s coastal populations (Mandarin and Spanish);
- Established rapport with a community along the coast with connection to fishing;
- Experience in customer service and working independently and in a team setting;
- Experience in oral and written communication;
- Experience in creating outreach materials and the use of Adobe InDesign software;
- Interest in marine fisheries and/or natural resource protection.
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.