Environmental Trainee (35 Hour)

Target Class: Environmental Analyst 1

Recruitment #230524-0196ES-001


Looking to start your career in the environmental field?
If so, we invite you to check out this opportunity with the State of Connecticut!

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is looking to hire an Environmental Trainee within the Water Permitting and Enforcement Division (WPED) in Hartford.

The Environmental Trainee Program is for a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 3 years based on a candidate’s past experience and training. Candidate will be promoted to Environmental Analyst 1 upon successful completion conclusion of the developmental program.

The Environmental Trainee will be responsible for assisting with inspection, enforcement and permitting programs within the WPED which pertain to industrial, agricultural, domestic sewage and stormwater discharges to surface water, groundwater, and the sanitary sewer and will perform a wide variety of increasingly difficult duties as technical skills are acquired during the course of the training period. The successful candidate will be responsible for:
  • Reviewing and processing wastewater discharge permit applications;
  • Assisting staff of a higher grade in the performance of compliance assurance tasks including performing off-site inspections and wastewater discharge sampling;
  • Preparing written reports and correspondence;
  • Recommending and drafting administrative enforcement actions;
  • Reviewing reports, plans, specifications, process flow diagrams, and maps related to the conveyance and treatment of wastewater;
  • May represent DEEP at public hearings, meetings and in court proceedings;
  • Working with municipal, federal, and other state agency officials;
  • Performing other tasks as necessary to meet DEEP's regulatory and statutory responsibilities related to wastewater discharge compliance.
This is a full-time, 35 hour per week position on first shift. Schedule is Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm (flexible).

DEEP is charged with conserving, improving and protecting the natural resources and the environment of the state of Connecticut as well as making cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy available for the people and businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs – and to fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state.

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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.
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  • 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 receives training in introductory professional environmental work for the development of technical and professional skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement to the professional environmental work of the agency; performs a wide variety of increasing difficult duties as technical skills are acquired during the course of the training period.


  • Knowledge of
    • basic theories, principles and practices of environmental and policy analysis; 
    • basic statistics; 
    • environmental program planning principles and practices; 
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
    • analytical skills; 
    • research and organizational skills; 
  • Ability to
    • understand and interpret legislation and technical data; 
    • 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. 


  • Experience or college coursework in environmental protection, water pollution control, wastewater treatment, environmental chemistry, biology, geology, hydrogeology, sanitation or public health with a focus in water quality.
  • Experience or coursework interpreting and applying local, municipal, state, or federal regulations;
  • Experience or coursework performing environmental field investigations;
  • Experience or coursework developing or responding to administrative enforcement actions;
  • Experience reading and interpreting analytical data, drawings, plans, specifications, and maps;
  • Experience researching and preparing documents, including technical reports and business correspondence;
  • Experience communicating written or orally analytical, regulatory, scientific, or environmental information to the general public, stakeholder groups, or public interest groups;
  • Experience managing projects with competing priorities;
  • Current valid driver's license.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from on site environments and moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year round weather conditions.



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.