Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Accounting Careers Trainee


Recruitment #230117-0034AR-001


Are you a recent college graduate or a hardworking professional, looking to make a positive impact? 
Does the opportunity to learn from specialists in your field sound exciting? 
How about the possibility of travel, upward mobility, and teleworking? 
If so, then we have the position for you! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Revenue Services (DRS) has current openings and future anticipated openings for the position of Accounting Careers Trainee (ACT) with a target class of Revenue Examiner 1

These exciting opportunities can be located in any one of our three dynamic locations throughout the state in Hartford, Norwich, or Waterbury. Our main building located at 450 Columbus Blvd in downtown Hartford is a beautiful building located right in one of the most exciting parts of the city. The building is easily accessible to restaurants, shops, the CT Science Center, and the Riverfront. 

Who We Are: 
The State of CT, DRS endeavors to provide fair, consistent and efficient services to administer the tax laws of the State of CT. We advocate for sound tax policy and strive to collect tax revenue in an accurate, timely and reliable fashion to support and fund the crucial services to all of our CT citizens. We provide the highest degree of integrity, professionalism, and excellent customer service for our tax payers. 

Here at DRS, we're committed to administering the state's tax system fairly, courteously, and efficiently. We believe the way to do this is to partner the skills, creativity, and resourcefulness of our workforce with the best technologies available. Our employees are dedicated to public service and have many opportunities for personal and professional growth. 

Join our team and discover why we are a phenomenal place to work! 

Role Highlights: 
The Accounting Careers Trainee is a training program targeted to college graduates to provide up to a two-year training program to develop the vital tools to work in the professional field of Revenue Examiners. 

This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, scheduled Monday to Friday. Telework and alternative work schedules are available along with a comprehensive benefits package.

In this role you will: 
  • Gain intensive technical tax training, from a combination of classroom style training and job shadowing with experienced examiners within your expected career path. 
  • Receive hands on training on multiple tax administration computer systems maintained by DRS and other state and federal taxing agencies. 
  • Acquire customer service training through multiple methods of communication including telephone, written correspondence, and direct face to face interactions, in a Call Center environment. 
Some of the Subdivisions and Taxes you may get the opportunity to work in/with are: 
  • Business Tax Subdivision - Corporation Tax, Excise Taxes and Pass-Thru Entity
  • Income Tax Subdivision - Personal Income Tax
  • Sales & Use Tax - Sales Tax, Business Use Tax, Room Occupancy Tax and Admissions Tax
  • Tax Payer Services - Call Center environment, handling routine & complex tax inquiries, and providing tax education to taxpayers. 
After successfully completing the training program, as a Revenue Examiner, you will: 
  • Complete desk audits and/or field audits for various tax types, such as Excise, Income, Corporation Business Tax and Sales Taxes. If assigned to perform field audits, in-state and/or out of state travel is required. 
  • Independently conduct in-house examinations of tax returns and other tax related documents. 
  • Educate taxpayers with respect to filing requirements, record keeping responsibilities and properly assessing taxes due. 
The Program: 
As an ACT you will be a part of a 1 or 2 year training program depending on your level of education. 

The length of the training program is 2 years for individuals with a Bachelor's degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting. 

The length of the training program is 1 year for individuals with a Master's degree in accounting or a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting. The length of the training program for an individual who earns a Master's degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting while assigned to this classification is 1 year from the date the Master's degree is conferred or the end of the original 2 year training period, whichever comes first. 

Salary Note: 
Minimum Requirements   Hiring Rate  Completion of 1 year of Training
 Bachelor's Degree with 15 
semester hours in accounting
 Step 3 - $55,500  Step 5 - $59,234
 Bachelor's Degree with 30 
semester hours in accounting
 Step 5 - $59,234  Step 7 - $62,981
 Master's Degree in a related field
and 15 credits in accounting
 Step 5 - $59,234  Step 7 - $62,981
 Master's Degree in a related field 
and 30 semester hours in accounting
 Step 6 - $61,113  Step 7 - $62,981

Watch below to learn how YOU can make an impact with DRS
What we can offer you: 
State of Connecticut employees participate in a leading comprehensive benefits plan that includes: 
  • A competitive salary structure; 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • Generous vacation, personal, and sick time; 
  • Exciting retirement plan options.
Employee Value Proposition (EVP): 
  • Limitless Opportunities
  • Hiring for Diversity & Fresh Perspectives
  • Meaningful Work
  • Healthy Work - Life Balance! 
What our dedicated employees have to say: 
"When the position of an ACT at DRS was offered to me I was excited and overwhelmed at the same time. However, when I started the job I fell in love with the work environment. Everyone at DRS is so friendly and willing to help. What I love about the ACT program is the exposure to different tax types and the opportunity to learn and gain new skills every day. In addition trainers and mentors are available whenever I need their help. I feel proud and lucky working for a governmental agency like DRS" 

Faouzi Nemlaghi, Accounting Careers Trainee

"The ACT position provided me with the skills and training necessary to grow within the department; I enjoy making a difference everyday by working with local businesses to help guide and to help ensure state tax compliance now and for the future" 

Karen Pollack, Revenue Examiner 2

Curious what a "Day in the life" might look like for you? 
This is not your typical Tax Department. The days of large stacks of paper as tall as you, never ending red tape and a pocket protector full of pencils and erasers are gone. 

As you enter into our Accounting Careers Trainee program, with the use of the latest technology, and process efficiency, you will be surprised to find yourself in the new world of government. 

During the start of this career path, you will have a hands on opportunity to: 
  • Learn all facets of how DRS operates; 
  • Interact and assist our taxpayers; 
  • Research "How and why did this happen?"; 
  • Work as a team on special and impactful projects; 
  • Analyze and apply Connecticut tax laws (statutes and regulations); 
  • Put your accounting skills into motion. 
At the end of the day, you will realize you made the right choice by joining the Department of Revenue Services as our next Accounting Careers Trainee! 

Selection Plan

Accounting Careers Trainee positions are DRS's entry-level accounting positions and will spend 1 to 2 years in a training program depending on your educational level. In this training program you will be expected to train in different units throughout the agency, including but not limited to the DRS Call Center.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

During the Application Process: 
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, unless otherwise specified. 

In order to be considered for this position, you must submit your application through the JobAps portal prior to the posting close date. At any time during the recruitment process you may be asked to submit additional information. 

Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. 

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

Selection Process: 
Candidates will be required to submit a copy of their accredited United States college transcripts or a US Degree Equivalency Assessment Report for a foreign degree prior to interview (if selected). 

This employment offer will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check, including being fingerprinted, State and Federal tax compliance checks, and supervisory reference checks.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 

Contact Information: 
Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jake Ferrari at



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


Receives training in introductory accounting or auditing work for development of skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement into a professional agency accounting or auditing position; performs a variety of increasingly difficult duties as skills are acquired during the course of the training period; examines financial records of governmental or private businesses and accounting methods and procedures to ensure compliance with statutes, regulations, guidelines or accepted accounting principles; may receive training in such areas as maintaining financial records and accounts, establishing financial statements and schedules, and preparing budget estimates; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of accounting and auditing principles and practices; knowledge of business mathematics and statistics; some knowledge of business uses of information technology; some knowledge of effective report writing; ability to read and understand written materials; ability to utilize computer software.


Possession of a Bachelor's or Master's degree in accounting or in a closely related business field with at least 15 semester hours in accounting.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • A Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance; 
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel including functions such as tables and formatting, data manipulation and pivot tables; 
  • Experience analyzing financial statements and data, such as through course work, work experience or internships; 
  • Experience interacting with diverse groups of individuals through phone, email, and face-to-face communication. 



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

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.