Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Planner 2 (40 Hour)

Environmental Resource Permitting

Recruitment #220831-8876FE-001

Introduction



The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for a challenging and exciting Transportation Planner 2 position located in the Environmental Permitting Unit within the Office of Environmental Planning at our headquarters in Newington.   

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 candidate 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 Environmental Permitting Unit determines permitting needs for Department projects and acquires permit approvals for projects that impact water and natural resources. The unit prepares environmental permit applications for in-house design projects and oversees and reviews consultant prepared permit applications for content and accuracy, while assuring project schedules are met. The unit also acts as the main liaison with federal and State regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP). The unit will also assist in field work associated with wetland and water resource identification, habitat assessments and mitigation requirements.

The Transportation Planner 2 position requires knowledge and experience in each of the following: State and federal water and natural resource identification and assessment of potential water and natural resource impacts; assessment of  avoidance, minimization, and mitigation techniques to be applied when reviewing transportation projects; both State and federal water and natural resource permitting requirements;  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, environmental studies, habitat assessments and analysis, overseeing task-based consultants, and will require regular field work in varying weather conditions.  Duties and responsibilities also include, but are not limited to, production and review of reports required to identify water and natural resources, and preparation and review of permit applications, coordination documents, and supporting materials for all types of transportation projects.  Key elements of this position include the ability to read and interrupt design plans, project management skills, working collaboratively with project engineers and design teams, coordinating with State and Federal regulatory agencies; use of ArcGIS, as well as performing other related duties as required. 

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU 
Competitive starting salary, excellent State benefits package including health and dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedule options, telework opportunities, professional development and tuition reimbursement, and a culture that promotes work-life balance

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • 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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
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Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
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  • 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 www.ct.gov/ethics
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 Hayley.Newhouse@ct.gov or (860) 986-6918.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority this class is accountable for acting as a working lead and/or for performing the most complex tasks in transportation planning studies, programs and related activities.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

WORKING LEAD LEVEL: As assigned by a supervisor distributes, prioritizes, oversees and reviews office unit work; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; acts as liaison with operating units, agencies, consultant staffs and other outside officials regarding unit office policies and standards; prepares correspondence; performs related duties as required.
ADVANCED LEVEL: Performs complex tasks and assignments in developing, coordinating and reviewing transportation planning programs; recommends, coordinates or participates in transportation demonstration projects; participates in preparation and negotiation of agreements and contracts; oversees and participates in corridor studies; prepares and reviews reports, studies and surveys in compliance with department standards and needs and state and federal laws and regulations; coordinates activities or projects with local, regional, state and federal agencies, consultants and stakeholders as required; reviews consultants’ work; investigates and responds to public inquiries and complaints regarding transportation plans, programs and/or projects; may make presentations at legislative or public hearings; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of multi-modal transportation planning theory, practices and methodologies; knowledge of environmental considerations involved in transportation planning; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to develop and use computer software including planning models and other programs related to planning process; analytical ability; ability to forecast trends based upon empirical data; ability to comprehend and interpret laws and regulations; some lead ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Seven (7) years of professional experience in transportation civil engineering or transportation, urban, regional or environmental planning.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must include individual responsibility for the coordination of complex planning projects in a relevant planning area.
Note: For State Employees this is interpreted at the level of Transportation Planner 1 or Transportation Engineer 2.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling 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 civil engineering, transportation, urban, regional or environmental planning may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience preparing and reviewing permit applications and supporting documents;
  • Experience identifying permitting requirements for projects;
  • Experience with identification, delineation and assessment of inland and tidal wetlands, watercourses, soils, wetland vegetation, and floodplains;
  • Experience with relevant State and federal laws and regulations particularly in regard to the Clean Water Act and Connecticut Inland and tidal wetland permitting requirements
  • Experience with coastal resource identification, navigable waters and wetland function and value assessments;
  • Experience working collaboratively with design professionals, other State and Federal agencies, outside stakeholders, elected officials and the public; 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office 365, ESRI ArcGIS and related software and interpret other published documents and media such as aerial photography.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.