Position Overview:
Part-time position: 16 hours/week
Position Classification: Seasonal
Date Range: 5/1 – 8/31/2023
Location: Fieldwork in Hartford, CT
Health Benefit Eligible: No
Retirement Benefit Eligible: No
Supervisor: River Steward in CT
Supervisory: Not Eligible
Pay: $16/hour

Position Description:
The Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) seeks four motivated individuals to assist with our Community Science program that manages water chestnut and hydrilla in the Connecticut River Watershed in Connecticut. Removing/pulling water chestnut from water bodies will be the primary purpose of this role. Staff will organize four pulling events a week, one of which shall occur on Saturdays, with volunteer participation. There will be opportunity to assist with CRC community engagement events, by involving youths, locals, and new friends to our work. Each event lasts 4 hours, from time of meeting to time of departure, including time for an orientation and securing boats onto vehicles. This work takes place on several water bodies located in Hartford, Glastonbury, South Windsor, and Middletown.  Kayaks or Canoes and all other necessary supplies are provided to staff.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Helping to host water chestnut pull events and participate in the pulls themselves. This includes volunteer management and support. 
  • Volunteer management may include individual volunteers, school groups and community groups. 
  • Supporting the seasonal manager in data collection and reporting of invasive species removal and spread. 
  • Assist with hydrilla removal and prevention activities, including talking to boaters at popular boat launches. 

Required Skills:

  • Interest for the environment and river ecology 
  • Paddling experience or an interest in learning 
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle 
  • Ability to participate in strenuous physical activity outdoors 
  • Ability to swim 

Application Instructions:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as one PDF using the form below. Interviews will take place during the first two weeks of April.
Deadline to apply: March 19, 2023
Hiring manager: Rhea Drozdenko (she/her), rdrozdenko@ctriver.org, 860-929-8021

About Connecticut River Conservancy 
The Connecticut River Conservancy aims to be the voice for the Connecticut River watershed, from source to sea. We collaborate with partners across four states to protect and advocate for your rivers and educate and engage communities. We bring people together to prevent pollution, improve habitat, and promote enjoyment of your river and its tributary streams. Healthy rivers support healthy economies.  Our organizational values are centered around: Inclusion, Collaboration, Resilience, and Stewardship .

 CRC is an equal opportunity employer. We highly encourage members of communities excluded from the environmental field to apply, and we value the insights, knowledge, and perspective that a diverse staff bring to our organization and work.   

COVID Policy and Benefits Package   

The Connecticut River Conservancy requires all employees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. We offer an employer supported retirement plan for employees who expect to earn at least $5000 in the calendar year. Please reach out with any questions about our current COVID-19 safety procedures and/or benefits packages.    

Aquatic Invasive Species Control Field Crew in CT: 2023

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