Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Department Of Transportation Drawbridge Attendant (40 Hour)

Recruitment #200806-7406FM-001




The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) invites its qualified agency employees to apply for the position of Drawbridge Attendant located at the East Haddam River Draw Bridge. The work assignment would be from May 1st through October 31st and would be as follows: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.; Monday and Tuesday 4:00 pm to midnight with Wednesday and Thursday off. The incumbent would be required to have a mandatory winter work assignment from November 1st through October 31st. Any present Transportation Maintainer applying to this position would be required to retain their current Commercial Drivers License (CDL) due to the mandatory winter snow assignment. Incumbents in this class will be required to have a 30-mile residency from the job location.

This Drawbridge Attendant position is vital to the DOT's operation of the East Haddam River Draw Bridge. It is a frontline position that is staffed 24 hours/day on 3 shifts during the summer months from May 1st through October 31st. More importantly, the Drawbridge Attendant position is required to be staffed by mandate of the U.S. Coast Guard in order to maintain the operation of the movable bridges at all times during the specified dates. The Attendant must remain on site and not leave his/her post until properly relieved. Providing a safe, efficient service to ensure compliance with statutory obligations is the Bureau's most important mission.

Each employee at this location is assigned to a specific shift, during which he/she is responsible for the following:

* operation of the bridge itself

* reports any electrical/mechanical/boating issues

* maintains an accurate daily bridge log and reports all incidents in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations

Applicants invited to interview will be requested to supply a copy of their Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A or B with tank endorsement, valid Medical Examiner's Card (MEC), at the time of interview, or they will be immediately disqualified. Candidates will be required to bring a copy of their last two service ratings and a copy of their Master Application.

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Department of Transportation, who has permanent state status*, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.

*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period. For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. 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 volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account.

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Ann Januszewski at and reference the Recruitment Number.



This class is accountable for performing the full range of basic tasks in the maintenance and operation of moveable bridges under the jurisdiction of the Connecticut Department of Transportation.


Maintains the operation of moveable bridges in accordance with the standard operating procedures; keeps the bridge control houses neat and clean at all times; removes and disposes of trash; and clears the access of snow and ice; reports all mechanical problems to a designated Department of Transportation (DOT) representative as directed; maintains a neat and accurate daily bridge log or diary; logs and reports all incidents to a designated DOT representative as directed; complies with all State laws, Federal laws and U.S. Coast Guard regulations; must remain on site and not leave the post until properly relieved; performs related duties as required.


Some knowledge of the physical properties of standard maintenance materials; some knowledge of mechanical principles; some knowledge of the basic practices of the maintenance trades; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to use hand and power tools and make minor repairs to simpler mechanical equipment; ability to operate equipment listed on the attached addendum; ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions; some ability to utilize computer software.


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


Candidates must demonstrate their experience, skills, and abilities in operating the Drawbridge on their Master Applications prior to being eligible for interview.  


1. Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain an appropriate valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license and other licenses required by governmental authorities.
2. Attendant must be able to train new employees and relief employees to perform the duties and responsibilities of this class as required.


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


Incumbents in this class may have to work outdoors in weather extremes. They must be constantly aware of all existing weather and traffic conditions (marine and vehicular). Attendants must stay alert while working in the environment of potentially dangerous machinery, and remain alert for the duration of their shifts.



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.