Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Engineer Intern (35 Hour)

Target Class: Sanitary Engineer 1

Recruitment #210819-3389ES-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is hiring! We are seeking individuals for two Engineer Intern positions. These Engineer Intern positions will work in the Environmental Health and Drinking Water Branch's Drinking Water Section. Engineer Interns receive training under direction of a supervisor or senior staff person for a period of one year before being promoted to the target class of Sanitary Engineer 1 upon successful completion of the training period.

Within the Department of Public Health, the Environmental Health and Drinking Water Branch (EHDWB) is responsible for developing, implementing, and enforcing state and federal regulations that ensure drinking water safety, quality, and adequacy is maintained for approximately 2,500 public drinking water systems.

The Environmental Health and Drinking Water Branch is currently recruiting for two Engineer Interns to support the Operator Certification Program. The Operator Certification Program is responsible for Department of Public Health's oversight of the qualifications of individuals who operate and maintain public water systems, ensuring they are operated by qualified and skilled certified operators. The Operator Certification Program also administers the Cross Connection Control Program that ensures public water systems conduct inspections for cross connections and test of backflow prevention devices. The intent is to prevent contamination of drinking water through the proactive identification of any improper connections to the drinking water distribution system and through testing the devices that prevent the backflow of contaminants into the drinking water system. The primary duties associated with this position will be related to implementation of the Operator Certification Program.

Under the direct supervision of a Supervising Sanitary Engineer, duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Review and evaluation of backflow devices and backflow prevention devices
  • Assist in the assessment of certified operator performance
  • Review cross connection survey reports & exemption verification forms
  • Assist in reviewing and approving technical training courses
  • Review and process operator certification renewal applications
  • Assist in the other Operator Certification and Cross Connection Program tasks, including but not limited to development of revised regulations, database maintenance for compliance, and development of webpage information
  • Provide Technical Assistance to water systems and certified operators
  • Provide education and training to small water system owners and operators regarding capacity development
  • Assist in Processing Complaints, potential investigations and disciplinary actions according to the SOP
  • Participation in routine Top Operator Workgroup meetings and other operator certification program meetings as needed
  • Assist in the development and presentation of programmatic training modules for certified operator, backflow prevention testers and cross connection control surveyors re-certification
  • Develop standard operating procedures as necessary
  • Develop circular letters as needed

*Please Note:Upon initial entry to this class, incumbents will be placed in Pay Plan ES 18, step 5. Upon successful completion of one year in this class, incumbents will be placed in Salary Group ES 18, step 7.

The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy, preventing disease, injury, and disability, and promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.

DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.

Are you interested in joining our team as an Engineer Intern? We encourage you to apply today! These Engineer Intern positions (target class- Sanitary Engineer 1) are permanent, 35-hour per week, full-time positions, based in Hartford.

We offer a competitive benefits package, excellent health care, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more!  We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees! 

Selection Plan

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.

These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. 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.  

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. 

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position.  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. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

Please Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system. 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 question'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. 

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

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a).

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Chelsea Moore at


In a state agency this class is accountable for receiving training in introductory professional engineering work for the development of technical and professional engineering skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement to the technical engineering work of the agency.


Performs a wide variety of increasingly difficult duties as technical skills are acquired during course of training period.


General knowledge of basic engineering theories, principles and methods; skill in use of drafting and calculating instruments; considerable ability in performing mathematical computations, making neat and accurate drawings and preparing minor design and structural details; ability to utilize computer software.


A Bachelor's degree in the discipline required by the target class.


  • Experience in engineering or academic coursework in drinking water treatment, drinking water distribution systems, water quality, source water protection or asset management
  • Experience interacting with and explaining information to individuals regarding environmental or engineering concepts  
  • Experience managing and prioritizing simultaneous projects and tasks
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software
  • Experience working collaboratively with others in a workplace or in an academic setting
  • Experience identifying problems and researching solutions in a workplace or in an academic setting
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and willingness to travel throughout the state



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.