Connecticut Careers Trainee (Intergovernmental Affairs)

Target Class: Transportation Planner 1

Recruitment #230519-1993FS-001


Are you looking for an entry level role to aid in a critical part of the transportation planning process? 
Do you like building and maintaining relationships?
If so, read below & apply today! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), Bureau of Policy and Planning is now accepting applications for two exciting Connecticut Career Trainee (CCT) positions, with a target class of Transportation Planner 1 within our Intergovernmental Affairs Unit. 

  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage  
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings 
  • Paid time off- including 13 holidays per calendar year 
  • Professional growth and development opportunities  
  • Culture that encourages work-life balance  
  • An opportunity 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
You will aid in facilitating and overseeing the daily coordination with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s) the Council of Governments (COG’s) and local officials on planning and program efforts to ensure that the planning process is conducted in accordance with the requirements of federal laws and regulations. Which will include coordination with required federal agencies (Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration) along with internal Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) staff in all five bureaus. You will be an important part of a unit which will be responsible for assisting in leading both high level technical federal programs, as well as being responsible for a wide range of government affairs coordination. This role is unique as it blends technical planning and government affairs together to provide accurate and timely assistance to key agencies and stakeholders. Additional responsibilities will include aiding in review, approval, and oversight of planning studies and programs, invoices, and contract compliance.   

You will be pivotal in meeting the requirements of both State and Federal laws and regulations as it relates to coordination and cooperation with the Council of Governments (COG), the Metropolitan Transportation Organizations (MPO) and local elected officials. All federally funded projects must be vetted with and approved by the COGs, MPOs and local elected officials to be included into the State Transportation Improvement Plan. It is imperative that these relationships are created and maintained and that knowledge of the CTDOT’s goals, vision and mission be communicated effectively with these entities, and likewise, that this unit serve as a conduit of communication of local issues back to the Department.


 1st Year of Training 

2nd Year of Training 

Bachelor's degree and/or qualifying experience: FS 15 Step 1 $52,661 

General Rate FS 15 Step 5: $60,254

Master's degree: FS 15 Step 2 $54,557

The salary for an employee who completes any of the above minimum requirements after initial appointment to the Connecticut Careers Trainee job class will be adjusted commensurate with the schedule above and effective the pay period following the date the master’s degree has been conferred or the pay period following the date the appropriate number of credits as indicated above have been earned. 

For current state employees, compensation will be in accordance with guidelines for computing salary adjustments set forth by the Department of Administrative Services, Determining Salary Upon Change in Class manual.

  • Monday-Friday
  • Full-time (40 hours/week)
  • 1st Shift
  • Newington, CT
  • P-4 (Engineering and Scientific) bargaining unit. 
  • This position is eligible to apply for telework after successful completion of the working test period, and thereafter, in accordance with the Telework Policy. Employees in their initial working test period must work on site in the office.
  • Join an award winning agency! CT DOT has been recently awarded the Employer of the Year award by the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE)!

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, efficient and accessible multimodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. We have a significant transportation infrastructure system that is essential to maintaining mobility for Connecticut residents and businesses and supporting economic and community development.  The recent passage of the Infrastructure Improvement and Jobs Act (IIJA) presents exciting funding opportunities for the State of Connecticut, and this position will be crucial in aligning the Department to be successful in obtaining approvals for discretionary program funds.   The Department of Transportation is committed to cultivating a diverse staff that is representative of the communities we serve. Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged.

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Selection Plan

  • 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.
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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.


Duties of this position will include: 
  • Assist with oversight of the MPOs/COGs development of the following aspects of federal transportation planning process: UPWP’s, Metropolitan Transportation Plans (MTP’s), Public Involvement Plans (PIP’s) 
  • Assist the unit in it’s function as CTDOT’s liaison to the COG/MPO’s and local municipalities; Assist in ensuring compliance with federal planning requirements; Assist in review and approval of MPO/COG invoices; Ensure clear communication regarding transportation programs and projects
  • Assist in overseeing the selection, screening, and ultimate completion of MPO/COG planning studies; Aid in managing planning studies included in the UPWP’s
  • Assist in overseeing the selection, screening, and ultimate completion of MPO/COG CMAQ projects
  • Assist in overseeing the selection, screening, and ultimate completion of MPO/COG TAP projects
  • Assist with the coordination of monthly and quarterly COG Coordination meetings
  • Participate in various virtual conferences, webinars, and meetings; In-person meetings will be a large part of daily duties, these meetings would be with internal CTDOT staff, COG/MPO’s, elected officials, and municipal staff.
  • See other examples of duties here.


  • Oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to
    • acquire knowledge and skills required for the target classification;
    • understand, evaluate and solve problems by exercising judgement and logic;
    • read, interpret and understand written material;
    • perform basic arithmetical computations;
    • interpret charts, graphs and tables;
    • learn and reason;
    • establish and maintain cooperative relations with superiors, associates and general public;
    • utilize computer software.


Candidates must be able to meet the experience and training requirements of the designated job class at the completion of the development program.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in English, Communication or Marketing, Urban or Regional Planning, Political Science, Public Administration or similar. 
  • Experience or training in program solicitation, screening and selection through course work, work experience, or internships. 
  • Experience or training reviewing, analyzing, and commenting on technical plans and reports through course work, work experience, or internships. 
  • Experience or training with contemporary transportation issues, policies and practices through course work, work experience, or internships. 
  • Experience or training with communication, public presentation skills, and presenting materials in various forms through course work, work experience, or internships. 
  • Experience or training with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook), use of GIS, ESRI or similar software through course work, work experience, or internships. 
  • Experience or training communicating and working collaboratively within a team and with external groups. through course work, work experience, or internships. 
  • Experience meeting deadlines. 
  • Experience utilizing organizational and time management skills.



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


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.