Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Accounting Careers Trainee

Target Class: Revenue Examiner 1

Recruitment #210330-0034AR-001


Do you enjoy learning from specialists in your field? Does making a positive impact in Connecticut excite you? If so, we invite you to read the criteria below and apply today!

The Audit and Compliance Division has current openings and future anticipated openings for an Accounting Careers Trainee (ACT) with a target class of Revenue Examiner 1. These positions will be located in the Hartford, Waterbury and Norwich offices.

Who We Are:

The State of Connecticut, Department of Revenue Services (DRS) endeavors to provide fair, consistent and efficient services to administer the tax laws of the State of CT. We advocate for sound tax policy and strive to collect tax revenue in an accurate, timely and reliable fashion to support and fund the crucial services to all of our CT citizens. We provide the highest degree of integrity, professionalism, and excellent customer service for our tax payers.

The Audit & Compliance Division provides taxpayer education, a first class customer service and enforced compliance through robust desk and field audit programs covering in excess of 48 taxes. Examiners within the Audit & Compliance Division may be required to travel extensively both within Connecticut and throughout all 50 states in an effort to contribute to the fiscal and economic well-being of the State of Connecticut. Examiners are expected to have broad technical tax expertise, strong verbal and written communication skills, and a high level of integrity and professionalism.

The Role:

The Accounting Careers Trainee is a training program targeted to college graduates to provide up to a two-year training program to develop the vital tools to work in the professional field of Revenue Examiners.

In this role you will:

  • Gain intensive technical tax training, from a combination of classroom style training and job shadowing with experienced examiners within your expected career path.
  • Receive hands on training on multiple tax administration computer systems maintained by DRS and other state and federal taxing agencies.
  • Acquire customer service training through multiple methods of communication including telephone, written correspondence, and direct face to face interactions.
After successfully completing the training program, as a Revenue Examiner, you will:

  • Complete desk audits and field audits for various tax types, such as Excise, Income and Sales Taxes. If assigned to perform field audits, extensive in-state and/or out of state travel is required.
  • Independently conduct in-house examinations of tax returns and other tax related documents.
  • Educate taxpayers with respect to filing requirements, record keeping responsibilities and properly assessing taxes due.
Here at DRS, we’re committed to administering the state’s tax system fairly, courteously, and efficiently. We believe the way to do this is to partner the skills, creativity, and resourcefulness of our workforce with the best technologies available. Our employees are dedicated to public service and have many opportunities for personal and professional growth. Join our team and discover why we are a phenomenal place to work.

Note: As an ACT you will be a part of a 1 or 2 year training program depending on your level of education. The length of the training program is 2 years for individuals with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting. The length of the training program is 1 year for individuals with a Master’s degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting. The length of the training program for an individual who earns a Master’s degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting while assigned to this classification is 1 year from the date the Master’s degree is conferred or the end of the original 2 year training period, whichever comes first.
Salary Note:

Minimum Requirements 

Hiring Rate 

Completion of 1 year of Training 

Bachelor's degree with 15 semester hours in accounting 

Step 3 $52,825.00 


Step 5: $56,379.00 

Bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in accounting 

Step 5: $56,379.00 

Step 7: $59,945.00 


Master's degree in a related field and 15 credits in accounting 

Step 5: $56,379.00 

Step 7: $59,945.00 


Master's degree in a related field and 30 semester hours in accounting 

Step 6: $58,167.00 


Step 7: $59,945.00 


Work-Life Balance & Employee Value Proposition (EVP): Full-time 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.  Telework and alternative work schedules are available along with a comprehensive benefits package. 

What’s in It For You- Leading Comprehensive Benefits: Competitive salary structure, excellent health & dental coverage, generous vacation, personal, and sick time, retirement plan options & more!

Selection Plan

Accounting Career Trainee positions are DRS’s entry-level accounting positions and will spend 1 to 2 years in a training program depending on your educational level. In this training program you will be expected to train in different units throughout the agency, including but not limited to the DRS Call Center. (Please Note: If you have previous Auditing and Accounting experience and would like to be considered for non-entry level positions, please reference the current posting for a Revenue Examiner 1 position at DRS.  Please reference recruitment number #210330-8657AR-001 on the Online Employment Center for additional information.

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies. 

In order to be considered for this position, you must include a Resume with your application. At any time during the recruitment process you may be asked to submit additional information. Candidates will be required to submit a copy of their accredited United States college transcripts or a US Degree Equivalency Assessment Report for a foreign degree prior to interview (if selected). Failure to provide required documentation will disqualify you from the interview and recruitment process.

This employment offer will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check, including being fingerprinted, State and Federal tax compliance checks, and supervisory reference checks.

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.

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 Jennifer Neumann at


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


Receives training in introductory accounting or auditing work for development of skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement into a professional agency accounting or auditing position; performs a variety of increasingly difficult duties as skills are acquired during the course of the training period; examines financial records of governmental or private businesses and accounting methods and procedures to ensure compliance with statutes, regulations, guidelines or accepted accounting principles; may receive training in such areas as maintaining financial records and accounts, establishing financial statements and schedules, and preparing budget estimates; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of accounting and auditing principles and practices; knowledge of business mathematics and statistics; some knowledge of business uses of information technology; some knowledge of effective report writing; ability to read and understand written materials; ability to utilize computer software.


Possession of a Bachelor's or Master's degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting.


  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree in accounting or Finance.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel including functions such as tables and formatting, data manipulation and pivot tables.
  • Experience analyzing financial statements and data, such as through course work, work experience or internships.
  • Experience providing verbal and written communication either through work experience, course work, and/or volunteer work.



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.