Connecticut Careers Trainee (Administrative & Residual) (40 Hour)

Target Class: Planning Analyst

Recruitment #230830-2292AR-001


Are you a recent college graduate or looking to make a change into program planning and development? If so, read below and apply today!

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is hiring a Tribal Affairs Liaison/Connecticut Careers Trainee to work in Hartford, Connecticut.

What we can offer you
  • The opportunity to work for a Forbes top company: 'ForbesState of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings;
  • Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year;
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities; and
  • A healthy work-life balance for all employees! 
Position highlights
As the Tribal Affairs Liaison, you will assist in the management of Native American Affairs in the state of Connecticut. Your work will facilitate and support meaningful community engagement, support government-to-government consultation with tribes, and effectuate communication about DEEP programs and activities to state tribes. You will report to the Office Director of Environmental Justice in the Office of the Commissioner.

Responsibilities of this role include:
  • Assisting the coordination infrastructure needs and repairs with the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation and Division of Engineering and Field Support Services staff within Bureau of Central Services
  • Familiarizing oneself with state records and responding to record requests from State and Federal tribal members and the public
  • Assisting with managing infrastructure projects
  • Acting as a point of contact for Tribes and state agencies that have questions regarding tribal issues
  • Communicating about DEEP programs and activities to the Tribes
  • Communicating available grant opportunities to the Tribes
  • Coordinating among branches at DEEP and other agencies
About us
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. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs – and to fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state.

The policy of this agency is that no segment of the population should, because of its racial, ethnic, or economic makeup, bear a disproportionate share of the risks and consequences of environmental pollution or be denied equal access to environmental benefits.

DEEP has statutory responsibilities to the Native American tribes in Connecticut, including, with the advice of the Connecticut Indian Affairs Council, caring for and managing reservation lands and tribal funds. DEEP, with the advice of the Council, also, e.g., maintains state documents, provides information to tribal members, and coordinates governmental grant programs.
Our employees are dedicated to public service and have many opportunities for personal and professional growth!

Selection Plan

Before you apply:
  • 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 on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • 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
Important information for after you apply:
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Questions about this position should be directed to Mackenzie Robinson at


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;
    • understand, evaluate and solve problems by exercising judgement and logic;
    • read, interpret and understand written material;
    • perform basic arithmetical computations;
    • interpret charts, graphs and tables;
    • learn and reason;
    • establish and maintain cooperative relations with superiors, associates and general public;
    • utilize computer software.


Candidates must be able to meet the experience and training requirements of the designated job class at the completion of the development program.


  • Experience or academic training in working directly with tribal communities or coordinating tribal affairs.
  • Experience or academic training in prioritizing and tracking concurrent activities or projects to meet deadlines. 
  • Experience or academic training in public health, climate or environmental issues; and historic and cultural preservation policy. 
  • Experience or training communicating technical, regulator, policy, or operational information verbally and in writing.
  • Experience collaborating with stakeholders in tribal government. 



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.