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State of Connecticut

Seasonal Maintainer

Waterford, CT


Are you looking for a seasonal opportunity where you are able to make a difference? If so, we invite you to check out this exciting opportunity to join our team at Camp Harkness!

At the State of Connecticut, Department of Developmental Services (DDS) • South Region and Southbury Region we currently have eight (8) part-time and full-time seasonal job opportunities for Maintainer positions at Camp Harkness located in Waterford, CT and Southbury, CT.

Your role as a Maintainer
The incumbents will perform grounds keeping duties including cleaning and restocking lavatories, lawn care, trash collection and removal, light repairs, set-up and removal of materials for Camp activities and will assist Facility Maintenance with basic plumbing, electric and carpentry.

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Camp Harkness Information
  • Location: Camp Harkness located in Waterford, CT.
  • Hours: 20.0 and 37.50 hours per week
  • 141948: Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm, Tuesday 7:00am - 12:00pm. Days Off: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • 141949: Thursday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm, Friday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00pm. Days Off: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
  • 141950: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm, Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Days Off: Friday and Saturday
  • 141951: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 7:00 am - 3:30 pm, Monday 9:00am - 5:00 pm. Days Off: Friday and Saturday
  • 141952: Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm. Days Off: Monday and Sunday
  • 141953: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm, Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Days Off: Sunday and Monday
  • Duration: Seasonal positions 141948,141949 opens May 17,2024 and ends October 17,2024
  • Duration: Seasonal positions 141950,149951 opens April 19,2024 ends October 17,2024.
  • Duration: Seasonal positions 141952,141953 opens May 17,2024 ends November 14,2024.
Southbury Information
  • Location: Southbury Training School located in Southbury, CT.
  • 116270: Monday - Friday 7:15 am - 3:15 pm. Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
  • 116275: Monday - Friday 7:15 am - 3:15 pm. Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
  • Duration: This is a seasonal position begins May 2, 2023and will end no later than October 31, 2024

Other information
  • Salary: $20.55 per hour
  • There are no benefits with this position
  • Must be at least 18 years old as of April 19, 2024
  • Applicants must be able to work for the full season and must complete all required DDS training
  • Selected candidates must possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (work outside in all kinds of weather, work outside for extended periods), and work well with other staff and campers
  • Incumbent must possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle license
  • These are seasonal positions and DDS permanent employees will not be considered for these positions

Camp Harnkess
Camp Harkness is located in Southeastern Connecticut on the shores of Long Island Sound. The 102-acre property in Waterford CT is comprised of open and wooded land and includes tidal marsh and beachfront. Facilities at Camp Harkness include year-round and seasonal cabins, year-round cottages, seasonal tent sites, barnyard animals, picnic pavilions & grills, accessible playscape, scenic walkway and overlook, bathhouse, beach with seasonal boardwalk, gardens, dining hall, lodge, and infirmary. Camp Harkness is owned by the State of Connecticut and managed by the Department of Developmental Services.

We hope you take this chance to join our team!

Selection Plan
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Application Process:

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.

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, unless otherwise specified.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate's obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to

Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut.

Selection Process:

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.

Contact Information:

If you require an accommodation to participate fully and fairly under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact Tommy Wilson, DDS EEO 1 at (860) 418-6148 or

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Ethan Ives at


In a state agency this class is accountable for performing basic tasks of an unskilled nature (e.g. requiring little prior experience or training; most tasks can be learned quickly on the job) in one or several of the following areas:

  • Building and equipment maintenance (operational and remedial);
  • Grounds care;
  • Food services;
  • Operation of trucks of less than five (5) ton capacity;
  • Parking garage.

See attached addendum.

  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to
    • follow oral and written instructions;
    • learn policies and procedures;
    • operate, care for and perform minor maintenance on tools and equipment used in daily work;
    • record keep.

Any experience and training which provide the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.

Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following:
  • Experience operating a wide variety of grounds maintenance machinery and equipment (commercial mowers, tractors, string trimmers, blowers etc.)
  • Previous maintenance and grounds keeping experience
  • Previous basic plumbing, electric and carpentry experience
  • Experience working with or volunteering with people with disabilities
  • Previous experience working in a camp, park, or other recreational setting
  • Experience operating a wide variety of grounds maintenance machinery and equipment (commercial mowers, backhoe, string, trimmers, blowers etc.)

Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications.

  • Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility, visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties of the class.
  • A physical examination may be required.

  • Incumbents in this class may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights and may be exposed to extreme weather conditions and risk of injury from equipment and assaultive and/or abusive patients and/or clients.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to complete an asbestos removal program consistent with EPA guidelines for operations and maintenance during employment in this class. Incumbents may be required to use protective equipment such as respirators and safety goggles.



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.

Client-provided location(s): Waterford, CT, USA; Southbury, CT 06488, USA
Job ID: connecticut-40213-0426TC-001
Employment Type: Other