Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Accounting Careers Trainee

Target Class: Accounts Examiner

Recruitment #210430-0034AR-001


Are you a recent Accounting graduate looking to learn from specialists in your field? Does working with numbers while simultaneously helping the Department of Transportation accomplish its mission resonate with you? If so, come make an impact by serving your State! Read below & apply today! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for an exciting Accounting Careers Trainee role with a target class of Accounts Examiner in the Office of External Audits which is apart of the Bureau of Finance and Administration. It is the DOT's mission to provide a safe and efficient intermodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region.

Note: As an Accounting Careers Trainee 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.
The Role: This position is primarily responsible for performing the oversight of agreed upon procedure reviews of DOT projects for consultants, municipalities, utilities, and railroads. You will learn how to apply the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARS) to project costs being audited. You will utilize DOT audit programs/workpapers, and develop an understanding of DOT consultant agreements (contracts) including the various provisions that are subject to compliance testing in the audits. You will learn the external audit units review and quality assurance procedures and utilize the State and DOT systems (CORE-CT and Viewport) to capture project costs and project budget data. You will work with other units within the DOT that manage the project closeout process, and learn about the variety of project types including any specific rules/associated regulations that effect the performance of the audits. 

  • You will perform complex reviews of DOT projects using agreed upon procedures.
  • You will closeout projects/agreements with consulting engineering firms, municipalities, utilities, and railroads.
  • You will assist the Director of External Audits to develop unit performance metrics and other statistical data for DOT management.
  • You will review single audit reports for compliance with applicable regulations and perform other duties as assigned, etc. 
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/week Monday-Friday in Newington, CT. We participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, retirement plan options, and paid time off! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees.

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Selection Plan

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. 

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.

*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.

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 you SPAM and/or Junk folders., as emails could end up there in error.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. 

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however applications to this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in this job classification.

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 Employee which is available at

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

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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 Bachelors or Masters of Science Degree in Accounting. 
  • Experience providing verbal and written communication to vendors, co-workers, management and third parties.
  • Experience with auditing and governmental accounting through course work, work experience, or internships.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office 365 including Excel and Access through course work, work experience, or internships.
  • Experience writing professional documents with attention to grammar and punctuation through course work, work experience, or internships. 
  • Experience extracting, manipulating, organizing, and performing arithmetical computations and analysis of financial data from accounting systems through course work, work experience, or internships. 



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

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