Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Engineer Intern (35 Hour)

State Dams

Recruitment #211103-3389ES-001


Are you looking for a unique opportunity to join a team committed to ensuring public safety and protecting the environment?  Are you a recent graduate or soon to be graduate with a degree in 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) is responsible for implementing requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and state statutes and regulations to protect water quality and habitat, ensure public health and safety, maintain water quantity, and  oversee and manage critical wastewater and dam infrastructure.   The ultimate goal is to provide fishable, swimmable waters throughout the state for the use and enjoyment of all Connecticut citizens and protect life and property.   Programs revolve around state and federal programs for water quality (including establishing water quality standards) and water quantity in our streams, rivers, lakes, and the Long Island Sound and its embayments. 

Position Details:

DEEP's Water Planning and Management Division, Dam Safety Program, has jurisdiction over all non-federally owned or licensed dams in the State. The Dam Safety Program's ultimate responsibility is to ensure that all
jurisdictional dams in the State are operated and maintained in a safe condition in order to prevent the loss of life and/or property. DEEP maintains an inventory of nearly 4800 dams in Connecticut. In addition, DEEP is the owner of approximately 265 dams, for which we are responsible for operation and maintenance, repairs, and upgrades.

DEEP's State Dams Unit within the Dam Safety Program has a current job opportunity for an Engineer Intern. 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 Civil Engineer 1 upon successful completion of the training period.  This is a full-time, thirty-five (35) hours per week, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, flexible hours (within reason).  Combination telework/in-office presence available.

This position provides a unique opportunity to join a team committed to ensuring public safety and protecting the environment. As a trainee, interns will review plans and assist with the design and permitting of improvements for the repair and maintenance of State-Owned dams and flood control systems, learn to ensure compliance with applicable statutes and regulations, and assist with emergency planning and storm response.

Upcoming December 2021 Civil and Environmental Engineering degree graduates are encouraged to apply.

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

  • Participation in inspections of State Dams with more senior State Dams staff, consultants, and the public.
  • Review and analysis of Engineering reports, specifications, and plans;
  • Assist with the design of improvements and replacements of State Dams;
  • Assisting with surveying work on State dams;
  • Coordination with DEEP Parks, Wildlife, Fisheries, Engineering, and Maintenance Crews for the inspection of potential dam related issues;
  • Participation in dam improvement and replacement preparation meetings, but via an online format and in person;
  • Conducting phone calls and initiating written correspondence with consultants, permitting staff, other Departmental staff, and the public;
  • Driving a state-owned vehicle to locations across the state;
  • Preparation of spreadsheets and tracking tables of State Dam compliance information;
  • Attendance in Dam Safety and Dam design training seminars and classes;
  • Assistance with contract administration;
  • Assistance with fiscal tracking and accounting.
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 and practices of engineering, including, but not limited to: hydraulics and hydrology, structural analysis, soils and foundations;
  • Experience with reading, interpreting, and using maps and relational databases, aerial photos, topographic and other resource maps, and identifying or delineating natural resources;
  • Experience with technical charts, graphs, data tables, drawings, 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 electronically; 
  • 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.