The CT DEEP Wildlife Division is looking for a seasonal assistant to work at the beautiful Belding Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Vernon. This seasonal position is a great opportunity to work outside and learn about a wide variety of Connecticut’s wildlife, and to get hands-on experience managing their habitats. With over 100 species of birds, Belding WMA has been identified as a Birding Hotspot on the Cornell Lab’s eBird.org website.
The goals of Belding WMA are to manage a variety of wildlife and fisheries habitats, to provide environmental education and to provide low-impact recreation. Visitors are introduced to wildlife and natural resources management through various educational programs, demonstration sites and self-guided interpretive trails. Teaching the public about wildlife is a rewarding aspect of the job as well as a great way to learn more about the wildlife of Connecticut.
Seasonal Naturalist and Habitat Management Assistant
- Needed late March. Up to 40 hours per week with occasional weekends and evenings not exceeding 1,040 hours total.
1. Complete a Master Application and directly apply to this recruitment.
2. Ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.
3. Regularly check your email for notifications (be sure to check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error).
4. For questions about the position, please contact Jane Seymour at Jane.Seymour@ct.gov or 860-306-5418.
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
BELDING SEASONAL NATURALIST AND HABITAT MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT
- Weed/invasive plant control (applying herbicides, cutting, pulling and mowing);
- Trail maintenance and sign posting;
- Planting trees, shrubs and wildflowers;
- Fixing, installing, and maintaining signs and fences;
- Trash removal;
- Species monitoring (birds, amphibians, invertebrates);
- Conducting educational programs;
- Constructing, installing, and monitoring nest boxes;
- Coordinating and working with volunteer assistants;
- Data entry;
- Boundary posting;
- Mowing foot paths; and
- All other duties as assigned.
Opportunities to assist on other field projects (e.g., goose banding, bird surveys, forest inventory, public outreach, etc.) may be made available as time allows and according to employee interest. Maintenance activities may also be required at various WMAs throughout Connecticut on occasion. Travel to other work sites will be by State-owned vehicle. Must possess a valid driver's license and willing to obtain a DEEP (governmental) pesticide applicator’s license and assist in applying herbicides on invasive plants (training, study documents and testing will be provided by DEEP at no cost to the employee).
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Ability to follow instructions.
- College degree in wildlife management or related field;
- Ability to identify local plants and animals;
- Ability to identify local birds by sight and sound;
- Experience with GIS/GPS;
- Knowledge of habitat management practices for wildlife;
- Invasive plant identification;
- Experience in providing environmental education.
- 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.
- Incumbents in this class may be required for certain positions to meet any of the following:
- Proof of possession of a valid Motor Vehicle Operator license.
- Possession of a valid license to apply pesticides.
- College training in a specific field.
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification may be required by specific State facilities.
- 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.
- Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain adequate physical strength and stamina to perform the duties of the class.
- 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.
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.