Connecticut Careers Trainee (Active Transportation)

Target Class: Transportation Planner 1

Recruitment #230324-1993FS-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for an exciting Connecticut Career Trainee position, with a target class of Transportation Planner 1, to assist in community project planning and development and active transportation.  If you're a team player who values accessibility, equity, safety, and environmental stewardship, this could be the role for you!

  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule;
  • Comprehensive Benefits which including industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage; 
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings; 
  • Retirement healthcare offerings; 
  • Accrued vacation, personal and sick leave; 
  • 13 paid holidays per calendar year; 
  • Professional growth and development opportunities; and
  • Outstanding work-life balance!
The Role: We are seeking a dynamic motivated candidate for this opportunity to advance planning and concept development of Active Transportation and Complete Streets Projects in the Department.  The Project Coordination Unit specializes in active transportation planning and championing complete streets principles within the Department, which will be a focus of much of the new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding. This Unit currently oversees the $38 million Community Connectivity Grant Program (CCGP), the newly developed Transportation Rural Improvement Grant Program, the Trail Management Program and the Department’s Bicycle & Pedestrian and Safe Routes to School Coordination functions.  The Project Coordination Unit also administers and participates in multi-modal transportation studies, both in-house and in coordination with Regional Councils of Governments, develops planning level project concepts to improve safety, accessibility and mobility for all modes and is responsible for performing project design reviews as required by the Department’s Complete Streets policy. 

This Connecticut Career Trainee/Transportation Planner 1 position requires knowledge of the principles and practices involved in transportation planning and/or engineering with a focus on active transportation modes. Candidates should possess the ability to read and interpret roadway construction plans and cost estimates and have knowledge of established transportation policies and operational methodologies including, but not limited to Complete Streets.  The selected candidate will be responsible for developing effective, efficient communication and working relationships, internally, as well as with other State and Federal agencies and other external stakeholders

This position will aid in the management and oversight of various unit led initiatives including the development of planning level scopes for Complete Streets and Active Transportation type projects; the Department’s Community Connectivity Grant Program; newly created Transportation Rural Improvement Program; Regional Corridor Studies; Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordination, Multi-use Trail Management and Safe Routes to School Programs. 

About Us: As one of Connecticut’s largest State agencies, DOT employs approximately 3,300 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. 

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
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Important Next Step Information for 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 on a daily basis 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 on a daily basis 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, 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
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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


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 bachelor’s or master’s degree in Transportation / Regional / Urban Planning or Studies, Civil Engineering, or closely related degree; 
  • Experience in transportation planning or engineering through course work, work experience or internships;
  • Experience with Complete Streets policies and practices and active transportation facilities through course work, work experience or internships;
  • Experience in reading and interpreting project design plans, maps or studies through course work, work experience, or internships;
  • Experience with reading and interpreting state and federal statutes, regulations and guidance through course work, work experience, or internships;
  • Experience working independently and as part of a team through course work, work experience, or internships;
  • Experience with software such as Microsoft Office 365 including Excel and SharePoint, Adobe Acrobat, Bluebeam, ArcGIS, and MicroStation or Autocad. 



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