Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Engineer Intern (35 Hour)

Target Class: Sanitary Engineer 1

Recruitment #211108-3389ES-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is hiring! We are seeking an individual for an Engineer Intern position. This Engineer Intern position will work in the Environmental Health and Drinking Water Branch's Drinking Water Section. This Engineer Intern will 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.

This Engineer Intern position is in the Small Systems and Schools Program within the Environmental Health and Drinking Water Branch. The selected candidate will be tasked with critical core functions of Connecticut’s drinking water primacy program as it relates to drinking water issues in schools. The DPH has primacy to uphold the Safe Drinking Water Act and oversee various state laws that assure purity and adequacy of the state’s public drinking water systems and sources and the EHDW Branch regulates over 2,500 public water systems that provide safe drinking water to over 2.8 million people in the State of Connecticut. Additionally, the EHDW Branch oversees activities related to food protection, private wells, subsurface sewage disposal, lead, radon, asbestos and over 15 environmental licensing and certification categories.  

This Engineer Intern position will be responsible for duties that will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Enhance response to drinking water issues in schools undergoing construction projects through coordination and technical assistance
  • Provide direct sanitary engineering technical assistance for school water system projects
  • Work to assure effective project management and application of public drinking water regulations for school projects, to address Safe Drinking Water Act requirements
  • Utilize the School Sanitary Survey Reports to address aging drinking water infrastructure for schools that are public water systems
  • Coordinate assistance effort on behalf of in schools undergoing construction projects, including bridged communication with Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, State Department of Education as applicable, Department of Administrative Services, and other potential stakeholders including School leadership such as the Town CEO, School Boards, and Superintendents
  • Continue to enhance partnership efforts with CT Rural Water & Wastewater, Connecticut Water and Wastewater Association, Local Health Departments, Water Utility Coordinating Committees etc.
  • Provide technical assistance to school system owners and certified operators regarding violations, water quality or quantity concerns, aging infrastructure, understanding regulations and requirements, etc

*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! This Engineer Intern position (target class- Sanitary Engineer 1) is a permanent, 35-hour per week, full-time position, based in Hartford. Willingness to travel is preferred. A flex schedule may be permitted following the successful completion of a working test period.

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.

This position 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, transcripts, diplomas, 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.

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  

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, drinking water quality or source water protection
  • Experience working with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements and Drinking Water System design technical standards
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software including Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
  • Experience working collaboratively with others in a workplace or in an academic setting
  • Experience using organizational skills to monitor and track multiple on-going assignments



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.