Department Of Transportation Drawbridge Attendant (40 Hour)

Recruitment #220805-7406FM-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) invites qualified agency employees to apply for the position of Drawbridge Attendant at the East Haddam Drawbridge in East Haddam, CT.  The Drawbridge Attendant position is vital to the DOT's operation of the East Haddam River Draw Bridge. It is a frontline position that is staffed 24 hours/day on 3 shifts during the summer months from May 1st through October 31st.

Any present Transportation Maintainer applying to this position would be required to retain their current Commercial Driver's License (CDL) due to the mandatory winter snow and ice assignment from November 1st through April 30th.                                                                                                                            

The mission of the Connecticut Department of Transportation is to provide a safe and efficient intermodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region.

This vacancy is at the East Haddam River Drawbridge with the following full-time (40 hours per week) schedule from May 1st through October 31st:
Wednesday-Sunday 4:00 pm to 12:00 am.
Monday and Tuesday would be scheduled days off.
Each employee is assigned to a specific shift, during which he/she is responsible for the following:
  • Operation of the bridge itself
  • Reporting any electrical/mechanical/boating issues
  • Maintaining an accurate daily bridge log and reporting all incidents in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations
The Drawbridge Attendant position is vital to the DOT's operation of the East Haddam River Drawbridge.  The Drawbridge Attendant position is required to be staffed by mandate of the U.S. Coast Guard to always maintain the operation of the movable bridges during the specified dates. The Attendants must remain on site and not leave their posts until properly relieved. Providing a safe, efficient service to ensure compliance with statutory obligations is the Bureau's most important mission.

  • Applicants must hold a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) (A or B), with the "tank endorsement" and valid Medical Examiner's Card (MEC) in order to be eligible to apply. Applicants invited to interview will be required to produce a copy of their current valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A or B, reflecting the "tank endorsement," and valid Medical Examiner's Card (MEC) at time of interview, or they will be immediately disqualified.  Please list your license number, class, expiration date, and issuing state in the "Licenses and Professional Certifications" section of the application for consideration.
  • Candidates will be required to bring a copy of their last two service ratings and a copy of their Master Application.
  • Candidates must demonstrate their experience, skills, and abilities in operating the Drawbridge on their Master Applications prior to being eligible for interview.
  • Incumbents in this class will be required to have a 30-mile residency from the job location.
As a State employee, this position offers the same competitive benefits you are accustomed to including healthcare coverage, and a retirement plan, as well as paid time off. We encourage a healthy work-life balance for all employees!                                                                                                    

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the 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.
  • Please ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. Applicants will be unable to make revisions once their application is submitted into the JobAps system. Applicants who submit and subsequently withdraw their application will not be able to resubmit for the same posting.
  • 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
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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, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancies are 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 State of Connecticut 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 Hayley Newhouse at or (860) 986-6918.


This class is accountable for performing the full range of basic tasks in the maintenance and operation of moveable bridges under the jurisdiction of the Connecticut Department of Transportation.


Maintains the operation of moveable bridges in accordance with the standard operating procedures; keeps the bridge control houses neat and clean at all times; removes and disposes of trash; and clears the access of snow and ice; reports all mechanical problems to a designated Department of Transportation (DOT) representative as directed; maintains a neat and accurate daily bridge log or diary; logs and reports all incidents to a designated DOT representative as directed; complies with all State laws, Federal laws and U.S. Coast Guard regulations; must remain on site and not leave the post until properly relieved; performs related duties as required.


Some knowledge of the physical properties of standard maintenance materials; some knowledge of mechanical principles; some knowledge of the basic practices of the maintenance trades; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to use hand and power tools and make minor repairs to simpler mechanical equipment; ability to operate equipment listed on the attached addendum; ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions; some ability to utilize computer software.


Any experience and training which would provide the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.


  • Experience operating a drawbridge


1. Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain an appropriate valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license and other licenses required by governmental authorities.
2. Attendant must be able to train new employees and relief employees to perform the duties and responsibilities of this class as required.


1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina and physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness so as to be able to perform the duties.
2. A physical examination will be required.


Incumbents in this class may have to work outdoors in weather extremes. They must be constantly aware of all existing weather and traffic conditions (marine and vehicular). Attendants must stay alert while working in the environment of potentially dangerous machinery, and remain alert for the duration of their shifts.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.