Senior Advisor for Outdoor Industry & Experience

Durational Project Manager

Recruitment #240206-0415VR-001


Looking for an exciting leadership opportunity? Check out this opportunity with the State of Connecticut!

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is recruiting a Senior Advisor for Outdoor Industry & Experiences (Durational Project Manager) to provide leadership, vision, and project management for the Office of Outdoor Industry & Experiences established in January 2024. This is a two (2) year durational position with the possibility for extension, reporting to the Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Conservation.

The role is on a full-time, Monday through Friday schedule, with occasional evening and weekend responsibilities. The position is located at the DEEP Headquarters in Hartford, CT, with flexibility for occasional telework. Some in-state and out-of-state travel may be required.

The Senior Advisor for Outdoor Industry and Experiences, as the leader of the Office of Outdoor Industry & Experiences, will play a crucial role in fulfilling the mission of the office to grow Connecticut’s outdoor economy in the following ways:
  • Partnering with the private sector to provide and enhance outdoor experiences in Connecticut;
  • Promoting Connecticut both as an outdoor recreation tourism destination and as a place to live, work and play outside;
  • Expanding and protecting equitable and sustainable access to the outdoors.
The Senior Advisor also will be responsible for reviewing concepts submitted to the Partnerships in Parks Request for Information (RFI) and executing any subsequent next steps, which could include the issuance of Special Use Licenses or subsequent Request for Proposals (RFPs) as well as stakeholder communication and engagement. This task will require working across multiple DEEP departments and state agencies, including a strong ability to negotiate and establish contracts within state government. The position requires vision, innovation, and collaboration with outdoor recreation advocates, community members, and industry partners.

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • NEW: A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings.
  • Sick, vacation, and personal leave.
  • Student Loan Forgiveness - the State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
  • We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.
Discover the opportunity to: 
  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.
  • Engage in a rewarding career.
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success.
  • Make a difference in the public sector.
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.  
Our state has a lot to offer - from fun activities for all ages, to great food and shopping, to beautiful state parks and forests, to our diverse cultures and rich history. Connecticut is a great place to live! Learn more about Connecticut here.

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.

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Selection Plan

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Before you apply:
  • 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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  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch but it does not impact your state service credit.
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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 at


In a state agency this class is accountable for making or conducting a special inquiry, investigation, examination or installation pursuant to Section 5-198(n) of the Connecticut General Statutes.


Partnership Development: Design and implement initiatives to forge strong partnerships with the private sector, non-profit organizations, community groups, and government agencies to leverage resources for equitable and sustainable access to outdoor recreation, enhanced visitor experiences, and expanding tourism in the state.

Project Management: Develop and manage processes within the agency to evaluate submissions to the Partnerships in Parks RFI, develop and issue requests for proposals or other mechanisms to solicit and select new partnerships with the private sector, and implement, manage, and evaluate new partnerships that enhance State Parks.

Stakeholder Engagement: Actively engage with local communities, legislators, industry leaders, government agencies and other stakeholders to ensure transparent communication and engagement around the establishment of partnerships.

Promote Connecticut’s Outdoor Recreation & Tourism: Enhance Connecticut’s reputation as a premier destination for a wide array of outdoor recreation activities.


  • Experience leading teams or initiatives;
  • Experience in partnership development;
  • Experience in project management;
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement;
  • Experience in an outdoor recreation or outdoor industry related field;
  • Experience promoting economic development;
  • Experience promoting sustainable and equitable outdoor access.



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.