Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Connecticut Careers Trainee (Engineering And Related ) (35 Hour)

Target Class: Property Agent 1

Recruitment #200918-1993ES-001




The State of Connecticut, Department of Agriculture (DoAg), Farmland Preservation Unit of the Bureau of Agricultural Development and Resource Preservation has one (1) available opening for a full-time Connecticut Careers Trainee (CCT) with a target class of Property Agent 1. This is a two (2) year training program.

This position works on all phases of the purchase of development rights (“PDR”) to farmland, also known as agricultural conservation easements, and will coordinate with and provide outreach to municipalities, non-profit land trusts, and other organizations involved in farmland conservation, farmland access, and long-term land stewardship; assist with the Connecticut Farmlink Program; and assist with securing funding from the USDA Agricultural Lands Easement (“ALE”) program.

Requirements of the position:

    1. Incumbents in this class will be required to perform work outdoors, often in inclement weather.

    2. Incumbents in this class will be required to travel.

    3. Incumbents in this class will be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.

This is a 35 hour per week position, Monday through Friday, based at 450 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford, although the position will require frequent days spent outdoors conducting fieldwork.  Tele-working is also allowable with preapproval.

Selection Plan

All applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application with their submission.  Please Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.

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: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Heidi Gray at


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


Coordinate with other Property Agents and partnering organizations on administering the Farmland Preservation, Community Farms Preservation, and Connecticut Farmlink programs; conduct frequent field visits to PDR farm easement properties and state-owned farmland properties; prepare GIS-based configuration maps, collect data, and conduct research related to farmland acquisition and conservation; prepare Agricultural Lands Easement (“ALE”) related documents for USDA-NRCS approvals; coordinate with real estate attorneys and review title searches, coordinate with appraisers and review appraisal reports, coordinate with surveyors and review land surveys; directly engage farmers, farm businesses, and landowners; perform property stewardship inspections; maintain records and prepare reports; and other 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.


• Experience with farming, or with food systems, or interacting with farm businesses

• Experience with organizations involved in land conservation

• Experience with GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping

• Experience preparing technical reports or giving professional presentations 

• Experience independently being outdoors or working in inclement weather conditions



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.