Department of Transportation Rest Area Attendant (40 Hour)


Recruitment #220915-7405FM-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for an exciting full-time, 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday, DOT Rest Area Attendant opportunity located at the I-84 E/B, Willington Rest Area. The candidate pool resulting from this job announcement may be used to fill future vacancies that may occur in the following Rest Area Facilities: Middletown, Southington, and Willington. A valid driver's license and pre-physical examination are required.

Our Mission: The mission of the State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT) 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. We have a vision to lead, inspire, and motivate a progressive, responsive team, striving to exceed customer expectations. 

Work Schedule:
  • Monday:  8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday:  8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday:  midnight to 8:00 AM
  • Thursday: midnight to 8:00 AM
  • Friday: 4:00 PM to midnight
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday: Off
What We Offer: As a State of Connecticut employee, you will enjoy a competitive benefits package that includes: 
  • Outstanding medical and dental benefits supporting your health and wellness.
  • The ability to begin planning for your future with excellent retirement plans and defined contribution plans.
  • Paid time off including vacation, sick time, and twelve holidays.
  • Interested in learning more, check out our benefits page
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Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • 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 on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • For assistance in applying, please visit our 'Applicant Tips on How to Apply' page.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location.
  • 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
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 daily 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 daily 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.
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  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. 
  • If have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact


In the Department of Transportation this class is accountable for performing the full range of basic tasks in the maintenance and operation of State maintained rest areas: operates and maintains small and less complex mechanical equipment or acts as a helper on larger and more complex equipment.


Provides a twenty-four (24) hour, seven (7) day a week (inside) and (outside) service at each facility.

The duties will include grass cutting, trimming, shrub bed maintenance, hedge row trimming, litter pickup, refuse removal from the site, snow and ice removal; and continuous cleaning within the confines of the rest area grounds and buildings; provide a neat and clean facility at all times; assist the traveling public, service people and/or vendors as required; replace light bulbs (building), unplug toilets, and perform other minor maintenance items; report any and all surface water leaks, or plumbing malfunctions, such as flush valves, sink faucets and exposed pipe leaks to the supervisor immediately; prepare daily, weekly and monthly reports for the facilities, including water, heating fuel, propane fuel, generator and fire extinguishers; monitor and report on the status of all useable commodities needing replacement such as fuel in a timely fashion to avoid running out; perform all required seasonal work, such as keeping all walkways and stairwells and necessary pathways clean and free of snow and ice; gather and remove leaves; performs Spring cleanup including the removal of any and all debris that has fallen from trees during the Winter months, (branches, leaves, etc.); perform related duties as required.

The following is a listing of examples of trucks, equipment, tasks or related duties, the operating, maintaining or performing of which are considered to be the responsibilities and duties of positions in this class:


- 1/2, 3/4 ton Suburban

- 1/2, 3/4, 1 ton vans (passenger/cargo)

- 1/2, 3/4, 1 ton pickups (2 & 4 wheel drive)

- sedan deliveries

- station wagons

- 3/4, 1 ton trucks, various body styles


- walk behind mowing equipment with or without attachments

- grass trimmers/brush cutters

- walk behind snow blowers

- chain saws

- leaf blowers

- various other hand and power tools


- assisting at an unskilled level employees of higher grades in more skilled operations

- heavy custodial maintenance of buildings and grounds

- finish grading on roadway or roadside projects within the rest area using hand tools or light walk behind power equipment

- hand seeding

- helping on refuse collection trucks

- helping on sanding and plowing at the Rest Area facility


Some knowledge of the physical properties of standard maintenance materials; some knowledge of mechanical principles; some knowledge of the basic practices of the maintenance trade; considerable 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.


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


  • Experience in maintenance trade practices, using maintenance materials, and applying mechanical principles.
  • Experience working with a diverse group of individuals in a customer service setting.
  • Experience communicating in person, over the phone, and in writing with a variety of constituents, including co-workers and the public. 
  • Experience operating maintenance-related equipment, such as snow blowers, push mowers, walk behind zero-turn mowers, weed whackers. 
  • Reside within 30 miles of facility.


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.
3. Incumbent must be in uniform on site at all times during the shift.


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 are exposed to extremes of weather conditions, to occasional lifting of heavy weights, and frequent lifting of moderate weights, to highly dangerous road and traffic conditions, to poison ivy, insect bites and allergy irritants during summer months, and to loud and potentially dangerous machinery.



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