Engineer Trainee (40 Hour)

Target Class: Environmental Engineer 1

Recruitment #230419-3389FS-001


Are you a recent graduate or graduating in May of 2023 looking to start your career in Engineering? If so, read below and apply today!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), has an exciting opportunity for an Engineer Trainee in the Water Planning and Management Division (WPMD) of the Bureau of Water Protection and Land Use (WPLR). 

Recent graduates and future May 2023 graduates with degrees in Civil, Environmental, or Chemical Engineering, are encouraged to apply.

This position receives training under the direction of a supervisor or senior staff for a period of one year. Promotion to an Environmental Engineer 1 will occur after successful completion of the training program.

What we can offer you
We take part in a competitive benefits plan which includes:
  • Generous paid time off (vacation, sick, and personal);
  • Excellent health and dental coverage;
  • Pension plan (State Employees Retirement System Tier IV) and more!
In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
  • Providing limitless opportunities;
  • Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
  • Performing meaningful work; and
  • Encouraging a healthy work life balance.
Position highlights
This position will be based at the 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT office, across from the historical Bushnell Park. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position with a first shift schedule, Monday through Friday with hybrid scheduling flexibility.

DEEP's Municipal Wastewater Program in the Water Planning and Management Division is responsible for an array of duties, including:
  • Providing guidance, funding, support, and regulatory oversight to municipalities regarding all aspects of domestic wastewater discharged to Connecticut waterbodies.
  • Administering the technical components of the Clean Water Fund, from planning the required infrastructure, through design and providing construction oversight.
  • Certifying the qualifications of wastewater treatment operators in the state, as well as the classification of wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Drafting and issuing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to domestic wastewater treatment facilities, which protect waterbodies throughout Connecticut, done on behalf of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 
As a trainee, you will:
  • Assist with the review of planning, design and construction documents related to domestic wastewater treatment and conveyance projects;
  • Learn to ensure compliance with applicable statutes and regulations;
  • Take part in Emergency planning and storm response to protect wastewater infrastructure;
  • Provide technical assistance to municipalities and the general public;
  • Protect public health and safety and the environment through ensuring appropriate and adequate treatment and conveyance of wastewater.
About us
The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with developing policies and programs to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, conserve, improve and protect Connecticut's natural resources and environment, and provide equitable access to broadband and affordable, clean and reliable energy to 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, equitable and prosperous economic future.

Within the Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse (WPLR), the Water Planning and Management Division’s (WPMD) mission is to monitor, assess, and restore the water quality of Long Island Sound, streams, rivers, and lakes and provide adequate instream water quantity for current and future generations. Programs revolve around state and federal programs for water quality and water quantity in our streams, rivers, lakes, and the Long Island Sound and its embayments.                                                                 

Selection Plan

Before you apply:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Mackenzie Robinson at


In a state agency this class is accountable for receiving training in introductory professional engineering work for the development of technical and professional engineering skills and knowledge in order to qualify for advancement to the technical engineering work of the agency.


Performs a wide variety of increasingly difficult duties as technical skills are acquired during course of training period.


General knowledge of basic engineering theories, principles and methods; skill in use of drafting and calculating instruments; considerable ability in performing mathematical computations, making neat and accurate drawings and preparing minor design and structural details; ability to utilize computer software.


A Bachelor's degree in the discipline required by the target class.


  • Experience or coursework of principles and practices of wastewater treatment and conveyance systems;
  • Experience or coursework with reading, interpreting or using engineering reports, plans and specifications, and environmental data tables or graphs;
  • Experience communicating environmental information to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Experience in prioritizing and tracking competing priorities to meet deadlines;
  • Experience or training in preparing technical reports;
  • Experience working independently and in a team environment.



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