Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Engineer Intern (40 Hour)

Municipal Wastewater

Recruitment #211102-3389FS-001


Are you a recent graduate or soon to be graduate with a degree in Civil, Environmental, and Environmental Engineering?  If so, we encourage you to apply!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with developing policies and programs to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, conserve, improve and protect Connecticut's natural resources and environment, and provide equitable access to broadband and affordable, clean and reliable energy to the people and businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut's economy and creating jobs - and to fostering a sustainable, equitable and prosperous economic future. 

Within the Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse (WPLR), the Water Planning and Management Division’s (WPMD) mission is to monitor, assess, and restore the water quality of Long Island Sound, streams, rivers, and lakes and provide adequate instream water quantity for current and future generations. Programs revolve around state and federal programs for water quality and water quantity in our streams, rivers, lakes, and the Long Island Sound and its embayments. 

Position Details:

With this goal in mind, WPMD is currently looking to hire 2 Engineer Interns in the Municipal Wastewater Program, Water Planning and Management Division, at our downtown Hartford Office, located at 79 Elm Street, across from historical Bushnell Park.  This is a full-time, forty (40) hours per week, Monday-Friday, with flexible hours (within reason).  Combination telework/in-office presence available.

DEEP's Municipal Wastewater Program in the Water Planning and Management Division provides guidance, funding, support, and regulatory oversight to municipalities regarding all aspects of domestic wastewater discharged to Connecticut waterbodies.  The Municipal Wastewater Program administers the technical components of the Clean Water Fund, from planning the required infrastructure, through design and providing construction oversight.  The Municipal Wastewater Program is responsible for certifying the qualifications of wastewater treatment operators in the state, as well as the classification of wastewater treatment facilities.  On behalf of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Municipal Wastewater Program drafts and issues National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to domestic wastewater treatment facilities, which protect waterbodies throughout Connecticut.   

Engineer Interns receive training under direction of a supervisor or senior staff for a period of one year before being promoted to the target class of Sanitary Engineer 1, with a salary range of $60,798 - $86,337, upon successful completion of the training period.        

This position provides a unique opportunity to join a team committed to ensuring public health and safety and protecting the environment.  As a trainee, interns will assist with the review of engineering systems, learn to ensure compliance with applicable statutes and regulations, assist with emergency planning and storm response, provide technical assistance to municipalities and the general public and protect public health and safety and the environment through ensuring appropriate and adequate treatment of wastewater.

Candidates with Civil, Environmental, or Chemical Engineering degrees are encouraged to apply. Upcoming December 2021 graduates of Civil, Environmental, and Environmental Engineering degree programs are also encouraged to apply.

As a Engineer Intern duties may include, but not limited to:

  • Assist with the review and analysis of engineering reports, and design plans & specifications; 
  • Participate in construction meetings associated improvement projects and inspect wastewater treatment facilities to assess progress of such projects;
  • Assist with permitting & enforcement of the state’s wastewater treatment facilities to achieve compliance with state and federal water pollution control laws;
  • Coordinate with other DEEP business units,  including the Water Quality and Clean Water Fund grant/loan administration programs;
  • Assist in preparing written correspondence to regulated facilities, their consultants, and the public.
What we can offer you

  • State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work - life balance! 
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Selection Plan

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

Please ensure your application is complete prior to submission.  You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.

Note:  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. 

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.

Applicants invited to interview will be requested to supply the following at the time of interview: Non-State Employees- three (3) professional references, with contact information; Current State Employees- Last two (2) performance appraisals.

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, applicants to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

Any questions regarding this recruitment may be directed to Erica McGuinness 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 of principles, practices and methods of wastewater treatment and conveyance including hydraulics and physical and biological treatment;
  • Experience with reading, interpreting and using engineering reports, technical charts, graphs, data tables, drawings and plans, and environmental assessment and evaluation techniques; 
  • Experience communicating technical, regulatory, policy or operational information to a wide variety of audiences in a clear and understandable manner via oral, written and electronic; 
  • Experience in prioritizing and tracking multiple activities/projects to ensure timely completion and quality of deliverables;
  • Experience using computer software including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and Geographic Information System software (GIS);  
  • Experience or training preparing technical reports and other professional documents; 
  • Experience working independently as part of a team.



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.