Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Supervising Sanitary Engineer (Public Health) (35 Hour)

Recruitment #220512-6352ES-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 will work in DPH’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program within the Environmental Health and Drinking Water (EHDW) Branch. This position will directly supervise lower-level engineering staff that are responsible for the processing of new DWSRF/Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding applications and oversight and implementation of the drinking water infrastructure projects that will receive the available funding.

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 2,400 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.  

Under the direct supervision of a Public Health Services Manager, this position will be responsible for duties that will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Supervision of 6 lower-level Sanitary Engineers and/or Engineer Interns within the DWSRF program
  • Develop implementation guidance for lead service line replacement projects receiving BIL funding including the completing the inventories of lead service lines as required by the federal Lead and Copper Rule Revisions
  • Schedule, assign, oversee and review the work of staff under his/her supervision
  • Provide training, guidance and assistance to assigned staff
  • Determine priorities and plan office work for assigned staff
  • Conduct performance evaluations of assigned staff• Establish and maintain office procedures for assigned staff
  • Develop or make recommendations on the development of policies and standards for the DWSRF program
  • Act as liaison with other operating units, agencies, and outside officials regarding DWSRF policies and procedures
  • Work closely with the other Supervising Sanitary Engineer in the DWSRF program to maintain consistency in program implementation internally and externally
  • Prepare reports and correspondence as appropriate
  • Develop and implement marketing strategies for the DWSRF program to attract new public water system clients
  • Maintain high quality relationships with existing public water system clients
  • Represent the DWSRF program at local, regional and national events
  • Ensure that state and federally required records/data are maintained in accordance with records retention requirements
  • Ensure mandated state and federal reports are filed accurately and on time
  • Coordinate annual DWSRF program reviews with EPA Region 1

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.

This Supervising Sanitary Engineer position is a permanent, full-time, 35 hours per week position.  This position has the potential to increase to 40 hours and the salary will be commensurate with the increase in hours. 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 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

This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID 19 Vaccination Immunization. 

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 with state or federal infrastructure financing programs
  • Experience with engineering principles and regulatory requirements related to public drinking water infrastructure projects
  • Experience understanding federal Safe Drinking Water Act Requirements
  • Experience multi-tasking with competing deadlines and priorities
  • Experience leading or supervising other environmental or engineering professionals
  • Experience defining expectations and outcomes and establishing measurable goals


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.