Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Connecticut Careers Trainee (Administrative & Residual) (40 Hour)

Target Class: Rate Specialist (Hybrid Work Schedule)

Recruitment #220420-2292AR-001


Are you looking to gain top notch experience in the energy industry? 
If so, we invite you to apply to this unique opportunity! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) has an exciting opening for a Connecticut Careers Trainee to join our team within the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA). This position is located in New Britain, CT and upcoming spring graduates are encouraged to apply! 

About Us: 

At CT DEEP, we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the environment; and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy. 

PURA is statutorily charged with regulating the rates and services of Connecticut's investor owned electric, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies and is the franchising authority for the state's cable television companies. Ensuring affordable and reliable service from these sectors is critical to maintaining public health and safety and a thriving economy in the state of Connecticut. 

PURA is statutorily charged with regulating many aspects of CT's utility sector, including but not limited to: 
  • Ensuring the prudence of electric system modernization, natural gas system expansion and water system infrastructure investments; 
  • Reviewing mergers and acquisitions in all the above regulated sectors; 
  • Conducting periodic utility rate cases; 
  • Overseeing service quality, safety and investment for the state's telecommunication infrastructure; 
  • Implementing federal requirements for natural gas pipeline safety. 

Position Highlights: 

This position is perfect for anyone new (or newer) to the energy industry to quickly gain real world experience in the clean energy and utility policy spaces and to rapidly progress in a career in the field. 

This position will initially learn from PURA staff working on the State's clean energy programs and, over the course of two to three years, will take a leadership position in the agency's work on one or more of these programs. At the end of the two to three year training period, the Connecticut Careers Trainee will be promoted to a Rate Specialist

This position will work 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, with the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule. 

The state clean energy programs in which PURA is involved includes, but is not limited to, programs designed to support the deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV), battery storage, and fuel cell energy systems in both residential and commercial applications and the Shared Clean Energy Facility (SCEF) program which aims to deploy community solar PV to primarily benefit low to moderate income customers and small businesses. 

As part of the training offered for this position, the Connecticut Careers Trainee would have an exciting opportunity to work directly with both the CT Green Bank and CT Innovations to gain greater insight into all facets of the clean energy industry and CT's public policy and innovation ecosystem. 

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! 
Learn more about how you can make an impact below! 

Selection Plan

Application Process:

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

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. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to

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

Selection Process:

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.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position. 

Contact Information:

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Tyler Cashman at


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


Job Duties include, but not limited to: conducts technical and policy research and analysis on topics related to the State’s clean energy program including, the Residential Renewable Energy Solutions program, the Non-Residential Renewable Energy Solutions program, the Shared Clean Energy Facility program, the Energy Storage Solutions program, the Electric Vehicle Charging program, and the Innovative Energy Solutions program, as assigned; develops procedural schedules for dockets associated with the above-listed clean energy programs to ensure that the Authority’s objectives for each proceeding are achieved and all standard practices are followed;  prepares reports of rate and policy review work, examinations and investigations; studies and recommends methods of providing services more closely associated with cost and performance based rates; assists in preparation for staff participation in formal hearings before department; reviews, evaluates and reports on technical papers, actions taken by regulatory or legislative bodies and other developments which have a bearing upon policies and practices of regulated companies.


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.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • A bachelor's degree in Political Science, Engineering, Economics, Finance, Environmental studies, or a related field; 
  • An advanced degree in Renewable energy, Engineering, Environmental studies, Climate change, Public utility regulation, Finance, Economics, or a related field; 
  • Experience or coursework in energy, climate change policy or economics; 
  • Experience conducting quantitative analysis; 
  • Experience working independently to prepare and issue reports; 
  • Experience with project management methodologies; 
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel, Word, Project, Access, SharePoint or Teams. 



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.