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Fisheries Seasonal Job Opportunities 

The Fisheries Division has Seasonal Resource Assistant and Seasonal Maintainer positions available at several locations. The Fisheries Division also has Seasonal Interpretive Guide positions available at our CARE facility in Killingworth.

The Seasonal Resource Assistant positions listed below are available for individuals interested in acquiring fisheries management related experience.  Work consists of field sampling, processing of fish samples in the lab, creel surveys, data entry and related computer tasks.  Most positions begin during April and May, some begin in November.  All positions last six months. Background in biology or environmental science is required.  Pay rates vary from $11.00 to $13.00 per hour depending on education and experience.

The Seasonal Maintainer positions listed below perform general maintenance including: loading stocking trucks; stocking trout in lakes and rivers across the state; spawning, feeding and transporting fish within the hatchery. The start dates for most positions are March 1, May 1 and Nov 1.  Positions available are either 3 month or 6 month.  Please have applications in at least 1 month prior to expected start date. No experience is required.

The Seasonal Interpretive Guide positions listed below will be working for our Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program based out of Killingworth. Pay is $12-$14 per hour with up to a 40 hour work week from May through August.

For a detailed description of Fisheries Division projects, please visit the Fisheries Management Programs page.

Seasonal Resource Assistant Positions

Inland Fisheries

The Fisheries Division conducts research on a variety of inland fisheries including; trout, bass, Walleye, Northern Pike, Channel Catfish, and angler participation in these fisheries. For a detailed description of these projects, please visit the Fisheries Management Programs page.  There are two offices, the Eastern District Headquarters in Marlborough (ED) and the Western District Field Office in Litchfield (WD).  Work schedules may vary daily and weekly, including the start/end times, weekends, and some night required.

For available openings and project specific position descriptions, please check the Online Employment Center.

Marine and Diadromous Fisheries

The Fisheries Division has several projects based at the DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme that conduct a variety of field, laboratory and office work on marine and diadromous fisheries.  Activities vary by project but could include: sampling aboard 50' research trawler; sampling with gill nets, beach seines and skiff trawls; surveying anglers; monitoring and maintaining fishways; stream electrofishing.

For available openings and project specific position descriptions, please check the Online Employment Center.

Seasonal Maintainer Positions

Hatcheries

The following hatcheries have seasonal positions available. No experience necessary. Job duties include general maintenance activities including: loading stocking trucks; stocking trout in lakes and rivers across the state; spawning, feeding and transporting fish within the hatchery. 

Other duties may include building and grounds maintenance. The start dates for most positions are March 1, May 1 and Nov 1. Positions available at Quinnebaug are either 3 month or 6 month. For Kensington and Burlington, all applicants must be able to work 6 months. Please have applications in at least 1 month prior to expected start date. Call the contact person for further details. 

For current available openings, please check the Online Employment Center.

Facility Contact Person:

Quinnebaug Valley Trout Hatchery - Plainfield
Bryan Decker
Bryan Decker@ct.gov
860-564-7542

Burlington Hatchery - Burlington
Tom Chairvolotti
Thomas.Chairvolotti@ct.gov
860-673-2340

Kensington Hatchery - Kensington 
Jamie Hays 
James.Hays@ct.gov
860-829-8518 

Seasonal Interpretive Guide Positions

CARE Program

The Seasonal Interpretive Guide positions will be working for our Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program teaching classes on water, fish and angling methods. Guides will assist in planning, scheduling and reporting all events. Equipment maintenance and repair is also required. Applicants should have a background in education, fishing skills, and public speaking. Pay is $12-$14 per hour with up to a 40 hour work week from May through August.

For current available openings, please check the Online Employment Center.

CARE Center - Killingworth 
Tom Bourret 
thomas.bourret@ct.gov
860-663-1656

To Apply: The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and other CT State Agencies have transitioned to a paperless Online Employment Center.

You can now efficiently search and apply for current job openings on-line via a mobile-friendly website, and receive e-mail notices about the status of each application. Mailed or faxed job applications will no longer be accepted.  Additionally, the new system no longer requires separate applications for examinations and job openings.

Register as a user and set up a “Master Application”.  (No need to manually fill out a new application every time you want to apply for a job.  Simply keep your “Master Application” up-to-date and use it to apply for current job openings.  You can check the status of your applications 24/7.) 

Fill out “Interest Cards” so that you can receive e-mails about future job openings.  You will need to renew your Interest Card selections annually.

Guidance for Seasonal Applicants:

Applying for Seasonal Employment at DEEP using the State of Connecticut Online Employment Center

Seasonal Employment Information

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Content last updated February 2021