Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Connecticut Careers Trainee (Engineering And Related)

Target Class: Transportation Rail Officer 1

Recruitment #190814-1993FS-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) invites applications for a Connecticut Careers Trainee Position (target class of Transportation Rail Officer 1) within the Bureau of Public Transportation, Office of Rail in New Haven. This position is 40 hours per week, with a Monday through Friday schedule.

The Connecticut Careers Trainee is entry-level position. The successful candidate will receive training to develop technical rails skills and knowledge, and will be eligible for promotion to the classification of a Transportation Rail Officer 1 following satisfactory completion of the two year training program.

This position will review/monitor the day to day passenger rail operations of the Hartford Line Service, Shore Line East and New Haven Line services. Attend meetings, respond to daily calls, concerns and complaints that will develop from passengers/ stakeholders who will ride on the lines. Help coordinate, plan and support activities related to all passenger and freight rail operations in the state. Review monthly invoices that are submitted by Amtrak and TASI for the operation of Shore LineEast and the Hartford Line. Coordinate service related activities with stakeholders, Amtrak, and the Hartford Line Service provider. Provide oversight of freight rail operations on Connecticut owned and privately owned rail lines within the State. Freight railroad oversight duties include, but are not limited to, coordination of freight railroad operations meetings, freight railroad compliance with the Rail Safety Improvement Act, and tracking of Capital investments. Assist in the development of passenger and freight rail operating agreements. 

NOTE: The starting salary for a candidate with a Bachelor's degree is SG 15, Step 1. The starting salary for a candidate with a Master's degree is SG 15, Step 2. The salary increases to SG 15, Step 5 during the second year of training.

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must possess a Bachelor's or Master's degree and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.

Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application. Ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. Applicants will be unable to make revisions once their application is submitted into the JobAps system. Applicants who submit and subsequently withdraw their application will not be able to resubmit for the same posting.

NOTE: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to answer additional questions and/or submit additional documentation which supports their qualifications for this position. These documents may include; cover letters, college transcripts, verification of degree completion, proof of licensure, performance appraisals, employment/supervisor references, etc.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. The candidate pool resulting from this posting may be used to fill future Connecticut Careers Trainee vacancies that occur in the Bureau of Public Transportation, in the next twelve (12) months. Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process Updates will be available through your Jobaps portal account.

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Maribel Flores at and reference position #112873.


In a state agency this class is accountable for mastering the skills necessary to satisfactorily complete the training program for a professional position.


In a department or institution receives training in introductory governmental work for development of skills and knowledge in field of public administration in order to qualify for advancement into agency professional positions; performs a variety of increasingly difficult duties as skills are acquired during course of training period; performs related duties as required.


Oral and written communication skills; ability to acquire knowledge and skills required for the target classification; ability to understand, evaluate and solve problems by exercising judgement and logic; ability to read, interpret and understand written material; ability to perform basic arithmetical computations; ability to interpret charts, graphs and tables; learning and reasoning ability; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relations with superiors, associates and general public; ability to utilize computer software.


Possession of a Bachelor's or Master's degree.


  1. If the target job classification has a Substitution Allowed that requires the Bachelor's or Master's degree to be in a specific area(s), then these specific degree areas are required for appointment to the Connecticut Career Trainee classification.
  2. Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are complete.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.