Engineer Trainee (35 Hour) (Hybrid)

Target Class: Civil Engineer 1

Recruitment #230113-3389ES-001


Are you a recent graduate or graduating in May of 2023 with the desire to make an impact on the environment?
If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for you!

At the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the environment- and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy. Within the Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse (WPLR), our mission is to work together for the restoration, protection and conservation of Connecticut’s water and land resources for current and future generations.

With these goals in mind, DEEP is currently looking for Engineer Trainees in the Water Protection & Land Reuse Bureau in Hartford, specifically the Land & Water Resources Division (LWRD) and the Water Planning & Management Division (WMPD). This posting is for multiple positions in the East & Infrastructure Permitting groups and the Dam Safety Regulatory group.

Recent graduates and future May 2023 graduates with degrees in civil or environmental engineering are encouraged to apply.

This position receives training under the direction of a supervisor or senior staff for a period of one year. Promotion to Civil Engineer 1 will occur after successful completion of the training program, with an increase in salary to $67,039.

We take part in a competitive benefits plan which includes:
  • Generous paid time off (vacation, sick, and personal);
  • Excellent health and dental coverage;
  • Pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV) and more!
In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
  • Providing limitless opportunities;
  • Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
  • Performing meaningful work; and
  • Encouraging a healthy work life balance.
This position is full-time, 35 hours per week position on first shift. Schedule is Monday-Friday with flexible hours (within reason). Hybrid work schedule is available.

LWRD specifically provides land use planning and regulatory services directed to the management and protection of Long Island Sound, tidal and inland wetlands and watercourses. LWRD directly processes and reviews water and coastal resource permit applications, conducts investigations of violations of environmental laws and initiates appropriate enforcement actions, and assists municipal partners in their administration of coastal and inland land use regulation.

The WPMD Dam Safety Program has jurisdiction over all non-federally owned or licensed dams in the State. The Dam Safety Program is responsible for ensuring that all jurisdictional dams in the State are operated and maintained in a safe condition in order to prevent the loss of life and/or property. WPMD maintains an inventory of 4,000+ dams in Connecticut. In addition, DEEP is the owner of approximately 265 dams, for which we are responsible for operation and maintenance, repairs, and upgrades.

Duties are performed within the context of the administration of the various water resources regulatory programs. In this position you will:
  • Evaluate projects for consistency with environmental laws, regulations and policies;
  • Review detailed site plans, engineering analyses, hydraulic models and other environmental reports;
  • Review, and make final recommendations and determinations on permit applications seeking authorization for regulated wetland and water resource activities.
  • Conduct technical reviews of engineering investigations pertaining to the hydraulic and hydrologic characteristics of floodplains in relation to impacts from proposed infrastructure projects such as bridges, culverts and dams;
  • Conduct field, geospatial, photographic and regulatory records investigations, to assess existing versus proposed site conditions;
  • Evaluate and develop project modifications, alternatives and special conditions to avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts to natural resources, including but not limited to: floodplains, wetlands, watercourses, fisheries, state listed species and coastal resources and uses;
  • Provide technical consultation to local, regional, state, federal officials and the public;
  • Represent the Department as an expert witness and provide testimony on natural resources and environmental issues at public hearings;
  • Prepare written documents including, environmental permits, engineering assessments, legal notices, and correspondence.
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Selection Plan

Before you apply, make note of the following:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
Important information for after you apply:
  • 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 questionnaire'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.
  • Note: 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.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Questions about this position should be directed to Jake Ferrari via email at



In a state agency this class is accountable for receiving training in introductory professional engineering work for the development of technical and professional engineering skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement to the technical engineering work of the agency.


Performs a wide variety of increasingly difficult duties as technical skills are acquired during course of training period.


General knowledge of basic engineering theories, principles and methods; skill in use of drafting and calculating instruments; considerable ability in performing mathematical computations, making neat and accurate drawings and preparing minor design and structural details; ability to utilize computer software.


A Bachelor's degree in the discipline required by the target class.


  • Experience or coursework in civil or environmental engineering;
  • Experience or coursework in hydrology or hydraulics, structural analysis, or soils and foundations;
  • Experience in reading drawings or plans, interpreting and using maps, graphs or data tables;
  • Experience simultaneously tracking and prioritizing activities or projects while adhering to deadlines and producing deliverables;
  • Experience preparing and reviewing technical reports or other professional documents;
  • Experience communicating technical information to peers, supervisors and managers in person, over the phone and in writing.



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