Connecticut Careers Trainee (Facility Operations)

Target Class: Transportation Rail Officer 1

Recruitment #230907-1993FS-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation has an exciting opportunity for a Connecticut Careers Trainee (Facility Operations) with a Target Class of Transportation Rail Officer 1 located within the Bureau of Public Transportation, Office of Rail. This position is in the Rail Station – Operations and Maintenance section based in New Haven, Connecticut.  

  • 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
  • Work 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
  • Work for Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE’s)  Employer of the Year 

Position Responsibilities:
Duties will involve working with the Department of Transportation team on the direct oversight of contracted partners for operation and maintenance of 50 rail station/facility properties located throughout the State of Connecticut. This position requires working in a dynamic environment, including a combination of in-office and off-site field inspection and travel via train and motor vehicle. Candidates will be required to apply strong written and oral communication skills. 

Promotional Opportunity: 
After a successful training program, candidates will be promoted to a Transportation Rail Officer 1.
The Transportation Rail Officer 1 position will assist in the development and renewal of contracts and agreements between the Department and other entities related to providing a safe and efficient transportation system at all rail stations and various support facilities in CT. This position will interact with contracted operator personnel as well as railroad and municipal officials.  Routine field inspection of assets and related records and documentation is required.  It will be necessary to review financial documentation such as invoices, budgets and capital/improvement project plans and specifications and CT Department of Administrative Services contracts.  Various correspondence and report development is required in support of unit activities.
Other duties include, but are not limited to, the following: 
  • Assist the unit in the development and public release of Request for Proposal (RFP) packages for facility management services, retail and food service and other opportunities involving rail station/support facility assets. 
  • Participate in capital project plan reviews and attend various, related meetings during construction phases.
  • Review &/or prepare a variety of reports and other documents related to public transportation, contract services, productivity and issues related to rail funding.
  • Other duties as may be assigned.

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
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited.  If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting. 
Important Information 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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 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;
    • 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 Degree in or equivalent experience in railroad operations, business management, marketing or facility operations 
  • Experience in the field of public transportation
  • Experience with the principles and practices of railroad operations, facility operations, facility safety and security, operating budgets, and invoicing finance
  • Experience using Microsoft Office 360 Applications including Teams, Word, Excel and PowerPoint



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.