Energy and Environmental Protection Bureau Chief

Natural Resources

Recruitment #230908-3477MP-002


The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is recruiting a Bureau Chief for Natural Resources to provide leadership, vision, and management for over 100 full time staff who work in the divisions of Fisheries, Forestry and Wildlife.

This is a multifaceted, dynamic leadership opportunity to impact Connecticut's natural resources. If you are up for this challenge we invite you to read more about this role!


What we can offer you:

  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage;
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings;
  • Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year;
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities; and
  • A work culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance to all employees!

The State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 by 'Forbes'. This national recognition comes from offering job growth, competitive benefits and flexible scheduling for our employees!


This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday with occasional evening and weekend responsibilities.

The Bureau Chief's office is located at the DEEP Headquarters in Hartford, CT with part-time telework/hybrid schedule flexibility. Some in-state travel may be required.


The State of 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 also is committed to playing a positive role in building Connecticut's economy and creating jobs to foster a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state.


The Bureau of Natural Resources (BNR) applies fisheries, wildlife, and forestry management principles and conducts scientific investigations and assessments to protect and ensure the wise and sustainable use of these resources. The Bureau includes three divisions: Wildlife, Fisheries, and Forestry.

This leader will be responsible to drive change to support two priorities for Environmental Conservation which are:

  1. Address Climate Change through Adaptation (Habitat) & Mitigation (Carbon). Climate change is currently threating Connecticut’s natural resources. Creating and protecting fish, forest and wildlife habitat is the best way to ensure native species can adapt. Natural resources also provide an important role in mitigation through carbon sequestration and storage.
  2. Provide Equitable, Safe, and Sustainable Access to Connecticut’s Natural Resources. DEEP is working to ensure that Connecticut’s treasured natural resources are accessible, appreciated and conserved by all residents regardless of socioeconomic status, race, geographic location within the state, or other factors. Conservation and appreciation for natural resources is fueled by positive experiences - whether birding, fishing, hunting, photography, hiking, biking, etc. Engaging all people in the outdoors will ensure Connecticut enjoys strong support for the conservation of its natural resources for generations to come.

In order to be successful in the role, the Bureau Chief will need to be able to lead and influence big picture strategy and objectives while also creating and managing detailed oriented systems/processes that support those objectives. The Bureau Chief will also need to be able to communicate effectively and build relationships across the department and with external stakeholders such as legislators, media, and advocacy groups.

The Bureau Chief should be an exceptionally well-organized people and process leader, well versed in energy and environmental protection conservation efforts, experienced at supervising people, and a skilled manager with a track record of delivering complex projects on time.

If you're looking for an opportunity to positively shape the future of natural resources in Connecticut, we encourage you to apply!

More details can be found in the class specification.

Selection Plan

This is a competitive recruitment, open to the public.


  • Complete a Master Application and directly apply to this recruitment.
  • Please ensure that your application and professional experience is thorough and complete. 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 be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.


Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board daily 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 daily 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, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

Other Notes:

  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at


Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.

Should you have any questions about the position, please contact Samantha Rivera, Human Resources Specialist – Talent Solutions at Samantha.Rivera@CT.Gov

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In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for administering the programs and operations of the bureau.


  • Directs fisheries, forestry, and wildlife programs and staff activities, and manages all related functions of the Office of the Bureau Chief;
  • Develops comprehensive long and short range plans and strategies to support the agency’s mission and goals;
  • Assists, participates, and makes recommendations in the review and formation of agency policy, program priorities, funding, legislation, and regulations involving fisheries, forestry, and wildlife conservation and use;
  • Implements agency policy within the Bureau of Natural Resources;
  • Controls fiscal operations within the Bureau of Natural Resources by determining priorities for expenditure of financial and related resources;
  • Develops fisheries, forestry, and wildlife programs, strategies, and policies consistent with agency policy;
  • Responds to inquiries from the public, Governor's office, General Assembly, Congress, and federal, state, and local officials concerning natural resource conservation and use issues and programs;
  • Directs the development of position recommendations on major legislative and regulatory proposals;
  • Confers and negotiates agreements and strategies with federal and private agencies on issues and programs affecting fisheries, forestry, and wildlife resources;
  • Will solicit, negotiate, administer, manage, and account for federal and non-federal funds to support and/or develop programs or projects;
  • Maintains statewide responsibility for all fisheries, forestry, and wildlife programs and activities and represents the agency and State in related activities as required; and
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and projects;
    • and ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and legislation;
    • and ability to formulate and apply relevant agency policies and procedures;
    • energy integration and/or environmental protection principles, techniques, practices and issues;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
    • analytical skills;
  • Considerable
    • ability to organize and direct complex operating units and associated functions;
    • administrative ability.


Twelve (12) years of professional experience in natural resource management, public outdoor recreation, pollution prevention, reduction and management, environmental or energy conservation, environmental or energy regulatory programs, integration of energy and environmental policies and programs, energy research or policy development, strategic operational environmental or energy planning or other related environmental protection or energy field.


Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity.
  • Managerial capacity is defined as formulating program goals and objectives, developing and implementing program procedures, initiating program policies and developing and monitoring a budget.
  • For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of an Energy and Environmental Protection Division Director, Energy and Environmental Protection Assistant Division Director, Energy and Environmental Protection Office Director or other comparable managerial title responsible for the management of staff performing energy and/or environmental protection work.


  • College training in a scientific or technical discipline related to the energy or environmental field including but not limited to the biological, earth or physical sciences; environmental planning; environmental law; economics; leisure services; geographic information systems; geography with a concentration in geographic information systems; natural sciences; natural resources;, renewable energy; energy conservation or a related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  • A Master's degree in a scientific or technical discipline related to the energy or environmental field as listed above including but not limited to the biological, earth or physical sciences; environmental planning; environmental law; economics; leisure services; geographic information systems; geography with a concentration in geographic information systems; natural sciences; natural resources; renewable energy; energy conservation or a related field may be substituted for five (5) years of the General Experience.
  • A law degree with a concentration in energy, natural resources or environmental protection law or a doctorate degree in a field related to renewable energy, energy conservation or environmental protection may be substituted for six (6) years of the General Experience.
NOTE: Education may only be substituted for a total of six (6) years of the General Experience.


  • Experience leading teams and implementing change;
  • Experience leading diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and programs;
  • Experience creating and managing systems and processes to achieve priorities;
  • Experience developing programs with a focus on diversity, equity & inclusion;
  • Experience managing Public Relations (PR) & communication issues – especially related to communicating scientific and natural resource management principles and policies to external stakeholders such as the media, advocacy organizations, and legislators;
  • Experience communicating throughout an organization including vertically, laterally, and with peers;
  • Experience formulating and implementing State/Federal policy and funding;
  • Experience managing budgets with more than one funding source.



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


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.