Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Supervising Sanitary Engineer (Public Health) (35 Hour)

Recruitment #220110-6352ES-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is hiring! We are seeking a qualified individual for the position of Supervising Sanitary Engineer. This Supervising Sanitary Engineer position is within the Environmental Health & Drinking Water (EHDW) Branch’s Environmental Health Section. The selected candidate will perform a variety of functions related to the oversight of the Environmental Engineering Program at the Department of Public Health. This Supervising Sanitary Engineer will be responsible for ensuring compliance with State Statutes and Regulations as they relate to subsurface sewage disposal in Connecticut.

The EHDW Branch oversees activities related to drinking water supply purity and adequacy, food protection, private wells, subsurface sewage disposal, lead, radon, asbestos and over 15 environmental licensing and certification categories.   The Environmental Health Section focuses on the interrelationships between people and their environment, promotes human health and well-being, promotes health equity, and fosters healthy and safe communities.

Under the direct supervision of a Public Health Section Chief, this position will be responsible for subsurface sewage disposal, public pools and crematorium/mausoleum/private burial ground duties that will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide technical guidance to the general public, local health departments, municipal and regional governments, subsurface sewage disposal system, public pool and crematorium workforces
  • Prepare and review legislative testimony, provide direct input into legislative initiatives
  • Develop new proposed regulations, statutes and standards, revise and update current laws
  • Serve as a technical expert and witness for legal cases and hearings
  • Oversee exam preparation and administration of the licensing of Subsurface Sewage Disposal System installers and cleaners.
  • Oversee a soils and subsurface sewage disposal system training program
  • Conduct site evaluations and investigations, including the review of plans
  • Supervise sanitary engineers and environmental analysts to ensure timely scheduling of inspections and review of plans
  • Issue exceptions pertaining to the Regulations of CT State Agencies
  • Oversee a training program for local health agents for subsurface sewage disposal system regulatory actions
  • Review leaching system product submittals consisting of third-party data, piping and components of subsurface sewage disposal systems.
  • Review applications for new crematoriums, public mausoleums, and private burial grounds pursuant to applicable state statutes, including performing site and construction inspections. This also includes overseeing approvals and certificate of use issuance

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 a Supervising Sanitary Engineer? We encourage you to apply today! This position is a permanent, full-time, 35 hour per week position. This position is based out of Hartford, CT. 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


This class is accountable for supervising and conducting investigations in connection with the protection of public drinking water systems and related aspects of sanitary engineering.


Supervises sanitary engineering studies in areas of sewage treatment and disposal or water supplies; reviews plans for sanitary facilities in large public buildings and new water supplies and water treatment plants for adequacy and process details; monitors water supplies, provides data/support for Planning and Investigations Units; confers with and advises public health or other responsible officials regarding problems in the various areas of responsibility; oversees such activities as inspection of water supplies, natural bathing waters, studies of adequacy of public water supplies, river pollution classification studies, and investigations of water supply quality; schedules, assigns, oversees, and reviews the work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans office work; establishes and maintains office procedures; develops or makes recommendations on the development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies, and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of sanitary engineering with reference to water supply and subsurface sewage disposal but not including industrial hygiene and milk sanitation; considerable ability to plan, oversee, and conduct sanitary engineering surveys and investigations and to analyze detailed plans and specifications; ability to interpret chemical, bacteriological, and microscopic analyses of water and sewage; considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures, state and federal laws, statutes, and regulations; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communications skills; supervisory ability.


Eight (8) years of experience in sanitary engineering involving groundwater, the design, construction or operation of water, sewage, industrial, solid or hazardous waste treatment plants and equipment, the inspection and regulation of water supplies or the investigation of sanitation and waterway pollution problems.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in a working lead level capacity.
Note: For State Employees this is interpreted at or above the level of Sanitary Engineer 3.


1. College training in civil or chemical engineering with courses in sanitary engineering, soils engineering or waste management may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.

2. A Master's degree in sanitary, civil, or chemical engineering may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience working on subsurface sewage disposal systems
  • Experience working with local health departments on sanitation
  • Experience writing regulations and technical standards
  • Experience interpreting regulations and standards and communicating those interpretations to local authorities
  • Experience working in a regulatory capacity
  • Experience communicating effectively with managers and local health officials
  • Licensed as a Professional Engineer


Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications including Professional Engineer (PE) licensure from the Department of Consumer Protection State Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm due to environmental conditions including temperature extremes, heights and fumes, and to some risk in working with chemicals and other materials of unknown toxicity.



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.