Connecticut Careers Trainee (Engineering And Related)

Target Class: Transportation Planner 1

Recruitment #230914-1993FS-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is recruiting for two Connecticut Careers Trainee (Target Class: Transportation Planner 1) positions, one in the Environmental Documents Unit, and one in the Enterprise GIS Unit within the Bureau of Policy & Planning. The positions are located at the Department of Transportation Headquarters in Newington. These positions report directly to a Supervising Transportation Planner or employee of higher grade.

  • 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 

State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.

At DOT, the Enterprise GIS Unit is integral to the development and continued support of the Department’s Transportation Enterprise Data (TED) Management System, which is a data architecture and set of business processes for managing data. TED provides for a shared and integrated communal data experience from a common data platform while ensuring high quality, managed, authoritative data is consistently available and treated as a high value Department asset. Additionally, the Enterprise GIS Unit is the Department’s lead unit tasked with developing data management & analytical tools and providing visualization services for the rest of the Department.

The Environmental Documents Unit is responsible for environmental reviews which involve an interdisciplinary and interagency process. Candidates should be knowledgeable and have practical experience in environmental processes including: field work and data gathering, documenting impacts of proposed actions (individually and cumulatively), documenting assessment of potential adverse effects, alternatives analysis and proposed mitigation strategies.  The position will be responsible for aiding in coordination of the required State and federal environmental documents which involves day to day interaction with other planners, designers, consultants, as well as the State and Federal regulatory and funding agencies.  

  • Duties of this position include but are not limited to:
  • Conducting field work and planning studies relative to all transportation modes for the movement of people and goods
  • Developing, coordinating, and evaluating transportation programs
  • Collecting, analyzing, and updating data related to impacts of transportation facilities, projects, and programs and making recommendations based on this analysis
  • Performing trend, economic, and environmental analyses of transportation related data
  • Reviewing studies, surveys, and technical documents for conformance with department standards, needs, and state and federal laws and regulations
  • Providing planning assistance and coordinating activities and projects with local, regional, state, and federal agencies, private consultants and stakeholders
  • Reviewing proposed legislation and distributing information
  • May perform site analysis work
  • Performing related duties as required. Field work may be required and travel primarily within the State will be necessary 
  • 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)!
ABOUT US: 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, accessible, and efficient 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 while preserving the State’s resources. DOT 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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

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 
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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.


  • 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 Masters degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, Planning, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Data Science, Data Analytics, Geographic Information Systems or closely related degree
  • Experience or training in problem-solving skills with an emphasis on modeling and data linkage, through course work, work experience, or internships
  • Experience or training using Microsoft Office 365, ESRI, or related software through course work, work experience, or internships
  • Experience interpreting technical analyses including GIS methods and data, aerial photography, and field investigation reports; through course work, work experience, or internships
  • Experience or training communicating and presenting materials to internal teams, or external groups including the public through course work, work experience, or internships
  • Experience or training working collaboratively within a team and with external groups through course work, work experience, or internships
  • Experience or training with technical writing and editing experience 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.