Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Connecticut Careers Trainee (Engineering And Related )

Strategic Planning and Projects

Recruitment #230110-1993FS-001


Are you a self-motivated, collaborative professional, interested in strategic planning and projects, and assisting in shaping our future transportation system? 
This could be the role for you!

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for an exciting Connecticut Careers Trainee position, with a target class of Transportation Planner 1. This position is in the Statewide Planning Unit, within the Office of Strategic Planning and Projects. The Statewide Planning Unit is seeking candidates with knowledge and experience working with municipal, state, and federal partners to aid in delivery of high priority projects and develop plans and studies related to land use, economic and community development, multimodal planning, federal and state transportation policy, and transportation equity to support informed decision making by the Department. 

Connecticut Careers Trainee Benefit Offerings:
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage 
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings 
  • Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees
Students with a Bachelor's degree by May 2023 are strongly encouraged to apply!
The Role:
The Statewide Planning Unit prepares, reviews, and provides oversight on several required state and federal planning documents, as well as corridor, regional, and Planning and Environmental Linkages studies. The selected candidate will be responsible for ensuring strong and effective communication and working relationships, internally and externally. 

In this role you will:
  • Perform tasks and assignments in developing, coordinating, and supporting transportation planning programs
  • Prepare written materials, graphic design materials, and maps, assemble and summarize data, and create charts in a manner that communicates complex information, effectively
  • Provide project management support for projects and studies, including scope development and review of deliverables, to ensure compliance with Department policies and standards, as well as state and federal laws, and regulations
  • Compile analyze, and communicate demographic, environmental, economic, and real estate market data and information
  • Coordinate activities and plans with local, regional, state, and federal agencies, consultants, and stakeholders, as required 
  • Performs related duties as required
About the Statewide Planning Unit:
  • Provides support for planning activities associated with transit-oriented development (TOD) and performs studies for all modes of transportation, including bus, rail, highway, freight, bicycle, and pedestrian. These studies and plans present near and long-term implementation recommendations to guide Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure improvements, including context-sensitive solutions to ensure that projects address the needs of the transportation system and the surrounding communities
  • Project management
  • Provides regular support to other Bureaus
  • Extensive community engagement, including public speaking and presentation of materials to the public, local elected officials, and external stakeholders
About Us:
AT DOT, our mission 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. Visit our website to learn more about the Connecticut DOT! Learn more about our mission, vision, and values here!  

Selection Plan

These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. Applications to this recruitment will be used to meet collective bargaining requirements. Once any collective bargaining requirements have been met, all other applicants may be considered.

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this 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.
  • 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
  • For assistance in applying, please visit our 'Applicant Tips on How to Apply' page.
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. 
  • 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:
If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Sharon McIntosh at and reference the recruitment number.

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


In a department or institution receives training in introductory governmental work for development of skills and knowledge in field of public administration in order to qualify for advancement into agency professional positions; performs a variety of increasingly difficult duties as skills are acquired during course of training period; performs related duties as required.


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.


  • A degree in one of the following or closely associated concentrations: Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Planning, Geography, or Economics 
  • Experience or training in preparing comprehensive multimodal plans, including bus, rail, highway, freight, bicycle, and pedestrian modes, through coursework, work experience, or internships 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, ESRI ArcGIS, graphic design, and related software, through coursework, work experience, or internships 
  • Experience interpreting other published documents and media, such as aerial photography and site plans through coursework, work experience, or internships 
  • Experience developing presentations and delivering complex materials to a variety of audiences, in both written and verbal formats, through coursework, work experience, or internships 
  • Experience working collaboratively within a team, with other technical disciplines, and with external groups, through coursework, work experience, or internships



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.