Environmental Trainee (35 Hour)


Recruitment #240201-0196ES-001


Are you looking to grow your Environmental career with the State of Connecticut?

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Materials Management and Compliance Assurance (MMCA) Engineering and Enforcement Division/Pesticide Management Program (PMP), has two vacancies available for Environmental Trainees to join our team.

This is a one to three-year training classification and upon successful completion of the training period, the incumbents will be promoted to an Environmental Analyst 1.

*Salary Note: During the first year of training, Environmental Trainees with a Bachelor's degree earn $47,229 per year, and Environmental Trainees with a Master's degree earn $48,933 per year.

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • NEW: A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings.
  • Sick and personal leave.
  • We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.
  • 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.
Discover the opportunity to: 
  • To work for a Forbes top company: Forbes 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.
  • Engage in a rewarding career.
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success.
  • Make a difference in the public sector.
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.
Position Highlights
  • These full-time positions are located at DEEP Headquarters in Hartford, CT.
  • The schedule is 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Typical hours will be 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. or 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. with a possible flex schedule upon completion of the working test period. 
  • The two vacancies available vary in daily responsibility. You may discover the opportunity to join the MMCA in one of the following positions:
    • A field position to conduct investigative and compliance inspections of businesses that use and sell pesticides including landscapers, exterminators, farms and various marketplace environments; or
    • An office/administrative position responsible for administering exams for pesticide certifications, registration of restricted-use pesticide dealers, providing and approving continuing education training.
About Us
The Pesticide Management Program (PMP) is responsible for conducting compliance and investigative inspections, certification of pesticide applicators and arborists, pesticide product registration, aerial and aquatic permitting and enforcement of pesticide and arboriculture laws.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (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.

Selection Plan

For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch, but it does not impact your state service credit.

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To Apply
  • The successful candidate must be willing/able to successfully complete OSHA 40 Hour Training, undergo training and possible background check to obtain federal inspection credentials.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Nicholas Naples 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 prioritizing and tracking activities or projects; 
  • Experience or training interpreting and applying state and federal laws, statutes, and regulations including Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS) for agricultural establishments, Connecticut’s Pesticide Control Act and state arborist laws; 
  • Experience in problem solving, critical thinking and conflict resolution;
  • Experience or training writing narrative reports, completing and organizing forms following prescribed formats; 
  • Experience or training with oral and written communication of technical information;
  • Experience or training in entomology, horticulture; silviculture; limnology; plant pathology; occupational health, or chemistry;
  • Experience or training in multi-media sample collection and protocols.


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.