Transportation Planner 2

Environmental Permitting Specialist

Recruitment #240402-8876FE-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for a challenging and exciting Transportation Planner 2 (Environmental Permitting Specialist) position, located in the Environmental Permitting Unit, within the Office of Environmental Planning at our headquarters in Newington, CT. 

The Environmental Permitting Unit identifies permitting needs for Department projects and acquires permit approvals for projects that impact wetland and water resources. The unit prepares environmental permit applications and reports for in-house design projects and oversees and reviews consultant prepared permit applications for content and accuracy, while assuring project schedules are met. The unit also acts as the main liaison with federal and State regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP). The unit also assists in field work associated with wetland, water, and natural resource identification, habitat assessments, and mitigation planning.


  • Competitive salary
  • 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 an article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings 
  • Paid time off including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
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  • Full time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday
  • LOCATION: Headquarters in Newington, CT*
  • This position is eligible to apply for telework after successful completion of the working test period, and thereafter, in accordance with the Telework Policy. The Policy can be found here. Employees in their initial working test period must work on site in the office.


We are seeking a dynamic motivated candidate for this opportunity to work collaboratively with our design teams to identify and analyze potential impacts to wetland and water resources and obtain necessary permits for Department projects. 

Candidates should be knowledgeable and have experience in each of the following: 

  • State and federal water and natural resource identification and assessment of potential water and natural resource impacts 
  • Assessment of avoidance, minimization, and mitigation techniques to be applied when reviewing transportation projects 
  • Both State and federal water and water resource permitting requirements  
  • Both Federal and State related environmental topics and issues as well as the ability to read and interpret laws and regulations as they apply to FHWA, FTA and FRA and State funded projects  

This position will be responsible for performing wetland delineations, including vegetation and soil surveys, environmental studies, habitat assessments and analysis, overseeing task-based consultants, and will require regular field work in varying weather conditions.  Duties and responsibilities also include but are not limited to production and review of reports required to identify water and natural resources and proposed measures to minimize impacts to resources, preparation and review of permit applications, coordination documents, and supporting materials for all types of transportation projects.  

Key elements of this position include the ability to read and interpret design plans, project management skills, working collaboratively with project engineers and design teams, coordinating with State and Federal regulatory agencies and resource personnel; use of ArcGIS, as well as performing other related duties as required. 

Duties and responsibilities also include:

  • Conducts field work and planning studies relative to all transportation modes for the movement of people and goods 
  • Conducts and directs surveys related to environmental studies, land use, and transportation needs 
  • Develops, coordinates, and evaluates transportation programs 
  • Collects, analyzes, and updates data related to impacts of transportation facilities, projects, and programs and makes recommendations based on this analysis 
  • Performs trend, economic, and environmental analyses of transportation related data
  • Prepares statistical and written reports and environmental impact statements 
  • Reviews studies, surveys, and technical documents for conformance with department standards, needs, and state and federal laws and regulations 
  • Provides planning assistance and coordinates activities and projects with local, regional, state, and federal agencies, private consultants, and stakeholders 
  • Investigates and responds to public inquiries and complaints regarding transportation plans, programs and/or project 
  • Reviews proposed legislation and distributes information 
  • May perform site analysis work 
  • Field work in all weather conditions will be required and travel primarily within the State will be necessary
  • Performs related duties as required 


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.

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Selection Plan

To 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.
  • 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 individual listed on this job posting. 
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69the 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.
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  • 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 in the next twelve (12) months.
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In the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority this class is accountable for acting as a working lead and/or for performing the most complex tasks in transportation planning studies, programs and related activities.


  • As assigned by a supervisor, distributes, prioritizes, oversees and reviews office unit work; 
  • Provides staff training and assistance; 
  • Conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; 
  • Acts as liaison with operating units, agencies, consultant staffs and other outside officials regarding unit office policies and standards; 
  • Prepares correspondence; 
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Performs complex tasks and assignments in developing, coordinating and reviewing transportation planning programs; 
  • Recommends, coordinates or participates in transportation demonstration projects; 
  • Participates in preparation and negotiation of agreements and contracts; 
  • Oversees and participates in corridor studies; 
  • Prepares and reviews reports, studies and surveys in compliance with department standards and needs and state and federal laws and regulations; 
  • Coordinates activities or projects with local, regional, state and federal agencies, consultants and stakeholders as required; 
  • Reviews consultants’ work; 
  • Investigates and responds to public inquiries and complaints regarding transportation plans, programs and/or projects; 
  • May make presentations at legislative or public hearings; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of multi-modal transportation planning theory, practices and methodologies; 
  • Knowledge of environmental considerations involved in transportation planning; 
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to
    • develop and use computer software including planning models and other programs related to planning process; 
    • forecast trends based upon empirical data; 
    • comprehend and interpret laws and regulations; 
  • Analytical ability; 
  • Lead ability.


Seven (7) years of professional experience in transportation civil engineering or transportation, urban, regional or environmental planning.


One (1) year of the General Experience must include individual responsibility for the coordination of complex planning projects in a relevant planning area.

NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Transportation Planner 1 or Transportation Engineer 2.


  • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  • A Master's degree in civil engineering, transportation, urban, regional or environmental planning may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience preparing and reviewing permit applications and supporting documents
  • Experience identifying permitting requirements for projects
  • Experience with identification, delineation, and assessment of inland and tidal wetlands, watercourses, soils, wetland vegetation, and floodplains
  • Experience with relevant State and federal laws and regulations particularly regarding the Clean Water Act and Connecticut Inland and tidal wetland permitting requirements
  • Experience with coastal resource identification, navigable waters and wetland function, and value assessments
  • Experience working collaboratively with design professionals, other State and Federal agencies, outside stakeholders, elected officials, and the public 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office 365, ESRI ArcGIS, and related software and interpreting other published documents and media such as aerial photography 


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



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.