Connecticut Careers Trainee

Highway Safety Program

Recruitment #230614-1993FS-001


The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for a Connecticut Careers Trainee position with a target classification of Transportation Planner 1 in our Highway Safety Office in Newington, Connecticut. If you are passionate about improving safety in our State, this entry level position is an opportunity to start a career at the Department of Transportation that positively impacts our communities and helps to work toward saving lives.


  • Competitive starting salary
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Paid time off including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • A culture that encourages work/life balance
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • On-site low-cost fitness center, on-site cafeteria and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging
  • Ample free parking with easy access from major highways or by public transportation
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Working for a Forbes top company: 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


  • Full Time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday
  • First Shift
  • Location: Newington
  • 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.

    This entry level position is responsible for assisting with the Impaired Driving program, and other safety programs in the Highway Safety Office. Efforts within this office contribute to the development of the Triennial Highway Safety Plan and the Annual Highway Safety Report which ensures compliance with Department policies, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines, and relevant federal laws and regulations.

    This position will work closely with program leads to assist in providing guidance to law enforcement agencies and grantees through communication and partnerships. This position will assist in formulating goals and objectives for addressing safety issues associated with impaired driving as well as other programs overseen by the office. This position will work collaboratively with the CT Safety Research Center to query and analyze highway safety data utilizing Connecticut’s Crash Data Repository. Additionally, this position will review, evaluate and monitor Highway Safety grants for conformance with reporting requirements budgetary parameters and program efficiency

    Examples of Duties:
    • Assist in review and approval of grant applications for various projects
    • Assist in review and processing of enforcement reimbursement claims
    • Assist in review and processing of claims
    • Assist in performing project monitoring review activities and prepare related documentation
    • Assist in field monitoring of enforcement efforts
    • Preparing and facilitating the impaired driving task force meeting(s)
    • Review monthly activity reports from grantees
    • Participate in various virtual conferences, webinars and meetings
    Connecticut Career Trainees become eligible for promotion to the target classification of Transportation Planner 1, upon successful completion of the 1 or 2-year training program. Length of training program is determined by the incumbent’s education and the target class requirements. 

    *Salary Note: During the first year of training, Connecticut Career Trainees with a Bachelor's degree earn $52,661 per year, and Connecticut Career Trainees with a Master's degree earn $54,557 per year. During the second year of training, the salary increases to $60,254 per year.

      ABOUT US

      As one of Connecticut’s largest State agencies, DOT employs approximately 3,300 individuals statewide in five distinct bureaus. The mission of the DOT is to provide a safe and efficient intermodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. To learn more about our mission, vision and values, please click hereWe have a significant transportation infrastructure system that is essential to maintaining mobility for Connecticut residents and businesses and supporting economic and community development while preserving the State’s resources. 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.

      Selection Plan

      TO APPLY
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
      • 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
      • 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.
      • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
      • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
      Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.  Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Brittney Woodley 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;
        • 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.


      • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in English, Communications or Marketing, Urban or Regional Planning, Political Science, Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology or similar degree
      • Experience or training with technical writing and editing experience through course work, work experience, or internships
      • Experience or training with Project management through course work, work experience, or internships
      • Experience or training with grant processing through course work, work experience, or internships
      • Experience or training with data queries, data comparison, and analysis of data through course work, work experience, or internships
      • Experience or training with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook), 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
      • 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.