DEEP is seeking a Deputy Commissioner to lead the Environmental Conservation Branch. We are looking for a dynamic leader who will inspire staff, build positive relationships with external stakeholders, advocate for balanced management of natural resources, plan for the future including a changing climate, promote efficiency in agency practices, and uphold Connecticut’s laws and regulations.
The Environmental Conservation Branch consists of two bureaus:
The Bureau of Natural Resources manages the state’s natural resources (particularly fish, wildlife, and forests) through a regulation, management, research, and public education. Connecticut is a state rich with natural resources and a great diversity of habitats, landscapes, plant life, and wildlife. From the coastline of Long Island Sound, to the Litchfield Hills, the Connecticut River Valley and the Eastern Highlands, DEEP works to protect and preserve the natural resources and scenic beauty that make Connecticut a special place to live, work, or visit.
The Bureau of Outdoor Recreation manages and conserves statewide recreation lands and resources through the acquisition of open space and the management of resources, including state parks, to meet the outdoor recreation needs of the public. Connecticut’s system of state parks and forests, state boat launches, and waterways, provide many opportunities for outdoor recreation for residents and visitors alike. The bureau also houses the State Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police. EnCon police are responsible for providing natural resource protection and public safety through education, outreach and enforcement in the areas of fish and game, boating, commercial fishing and aquaculture, wildlife management, and state parks and forests covering over 255,000 acres.
The successful candidate will be a strategic, dynamic, hardworking, experienced environmental manager with subject matter expertise and demonstrated skills in team leadership. Strong communication skills across medias is critical to working effectively with legislators, stakeholder groups, and communities.
Desired qualifications include a graduate degree in a relevant field, demonstrated public administration experience, and knowledge of principles of conservation and environmental protection.
An understanding of the natural resources of Connecticut/New England and their conservation challenges, as well as tourism, are a plus.
Desired skills include:
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders.
Ability to set and achieve goals, track and measure success, and solve problems.
Effective communication with diverse audiences.
Effective at leading of strategic planning efforts.
Ability to manage a complex budget.
Ability to manage multiple competing priorities.
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About State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
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. DEEP is committed to playing a positive role fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state.
DEEP is organized into three branches:
1) The Energy Branch which includes the Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy, which develops forward-looking energy efficiency, infrastructure and alternative power programs.
2) The Environmental Quality Branch which works to protect the air, land and water resources of the state by regulating air emissions, wastewater discharges and solid and hazardous wastes.
3) The Environmental Conservation Branch which is charged with managing the state’s natural resources and conserving and managing statewide recreation lands and resources through the acquisition of open space and the management of resources, including state parks, to meet the outdoor recreation needs of the public.