Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Connecticut Careers Trainee (Engineering And Related ) (40 Hour)

Target Class: Transportation Planner 1

Recruitment #220117-1993FS-001


Are you passionate about shaping the future of transportation in Connecticut? 
If so, come join our great team  make an ImpaCT!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for an exciting Connecticut Careers Trainee with a target classification of Transportation Planner 1 position located in the Natural Resource Planning Unit within the Office of Environmental Planning. 

About Us: As one of Connecticut’s largest State agencies, DOT employs approximately 3,000 individuals statewide in five distinct bureaus. It is our mission to provide a safe, accessible and efficient multimodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. We have a significant transportation infrastructure system that is essential to maintaining mobility for Connecticut residents and businesses and supporting economic and community development while preserving environmental and cultural resources. The Department of Transportation is committed to cultivating a diverse staff that is representative of the communities we serve. Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged. 

The Role: We are seeking dynamic motivated candidates for this opportunity to work collaboratively with our design teams to identify and analyze potential impacts to water and natural resources and obtain necessary permits for Department projects. The position is located at the Department of Transportation Headquarters in Newington.  This position reports directly to a Supervising Transportation Planner or other employee of higher grade within the Office of Environmental Planning. 

The Natural Resource Planning Unit performs early screening of Department projects for resource concerns, and coordinates projects with State and Federal resource agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S Coast Guard, and CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP).  The unit oversees natural resource identification and assessment, performs wetland delineations, and conducts habitat evaluations and coordination required under   State and federal laws and regulations.  This unit also oversees site selection, design, monitoring and stewardship of the Department’s compensatory mitigation sites and also aids with determining permitting needs for Department projects and acquires permit approvals for State designed projects that impact water and natural resources.  

The  position in the Office of Environmental Planning requires knowledge and experience in state and federal water and natural resource identification and assessment of potential  impacts;  and avoidance, minimization, and mitigation techniques to be applied when reviewing transportation projects; knowledge with both State and federal water and natural resource permitting requirements; as well as understanding of both federal and State related environmental topics and issues, as well as the ability to read and interpret laws and regulations as they apply to FHWA, FTA and FRA and State funded projects.   

This position will be responsible for performing wetland delineations, including vegetation and soil surveys, completing environmental studies, habitat assessments and analysis, and will require regular field work in varying weather conditions. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, production and review of reports required to identify resources which may be affected by transportation improvement projects, and preparation and review of permit applications, coordination documents, and supporting materials for all modes of transportation projects.  Key elements of this position include reading and interrupting design plans, work collaboratively with project engineers and design teams, elected officials, and the traveling public; and conduct necessary coordination with State and Federal regulatory agencies; familiarity with ArcGIS, as well as perform related duties as required. 

First Year of Training
Bachelor's degree FS 15 Step 1
Master's degree FS 15 Step 2

Second Year of Training
General Rate FS 15 Step 5

1.The salary for an employee who completes any of the above Minimum Requirements after initial appointment to the Connecticut Careers Trainee job class will be adjusted commensurate with the schedule above and effective the pay period following the date the Master's degree has been conferred or the pay period following the date the appropriate number of credits as indicated above have been earned.

2.For current state employees compensation will be in accordance with guidelines for computing salary adjustments set forth by the Department of Administrative Services, Determining Salary Upon Change in Class manual.

What We Can Offer You: Competitive starting salary, excellent State benefits package including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedules, and a culture that encourages work-life balance. We also offer the convenience of an on-site, low-cost fitness center, on-site cafeteria, and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging at our Newington Headquarters facility. DOT facilities have ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation. 

Selection Plan

All state employees shall follow Executive Order 13G (as amended by Executive Order 14C).

To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. 
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.  
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, available to travel for training, conferences, meetings, field reviews, etc. both within and outside of normal working hours, when necessary, and must possess and retain a valid driver’s license. 
  • Ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.

Important Next Step Information for After You Apply: 

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. 
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at

Connect With Us:
Due to the large volume of applications received, the DOT is unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact


In a state agency this class is accountable for mastering the skills necessary to satisfactorily complete the training program for a professional position.


In a department or institution receives training in introductory governmental work for development of skills and knowledge in field of public administration in order to qualify for advancement into agency professional positions; performs a variety of increasingly difficult duties as skills are acquired during course of training period; performs related duties as required.


Oral and written communication skills; ability to acquire knowledge and skills required for the target classification; ability to understand, evaluate and solve problems by exercising judgement and logic; ability to read, interpret and understand written material; ability to perform basic arithmetical computations; ability to interpret charts, graphs and tables; learning and reasoning ability; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relations with superiors, associates and general public; ability to utilize computer software.


Possession of a Bachelor's or Master's degree.


  1. If the target job classification has a Substitution Allowed that requires the Bachelor's or Master's degree to be in a specific area(s), then these specific degree areas are required for appointment to the Connecticut Career Trainee classification.
  2. Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are complete.


  • Education or training in wetlands, watercourses, soil science, wetland vegetation, and natural resources identification and evaluation; 
  • Education or training in fish and wildlife identification and habitat assessment; 
  • Education, training or experience reading and interpreting plans and permit applications/coordination documents; 
  • Education, training or experience of environmental permit application requirements and general process; 
  • Education, training or experience in relevant State and Federal laws, statutes and regulations particularly in regard to the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act;  
  • Education or training in the preparation and review of permit applications and resource coordination documents;  
  • Education or training with delineating State and federal inland wetlands, and tidal wetlands, including vegetation and other coastal resource identification;   
  • Education, training or experience using Microsoft Office 365, ESRI or related software and interpret other published documents and media such as aerial photography. 



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.