Transportation Planner 2 (40 Hour)

NEPA Practitioner

Recruitment #240416-8876FE-001


Are you passionate about shaping the future of transportation in Connecticut?
If so, come join our great team of professionals and make an impact!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for Transportation Planner 2 in the Environmental Documents Unit, within the Office of Environmental Planning and Bureau of Policy & Planning.


  • 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
  • The State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer. You may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
  • 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 Schedules
  • Join an award winning agency! CTDOT was recently awarded the Employer of the Year award by the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE)!
  • Monday - Friday
  • Full Time, 40 hours per week
  • First Shift
  • Location: Newington
  • Field work in all weather conditions will be required and travel primarily within the State will be necessary.
  • 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.
The Transportation Planner 2 within the Environmental Documents Unit is dedicated to ensuring conformance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) for transportation projects funded by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The Unit is responsible for environmental reviews which involve an interdisciplinary and interagency process.

The successful candidate will: 
  • Be knowledgeable and have practical experience in the NEPA process including determining proper class of action. 
  • Document impacts of proposed actions (individually and cumulatively).
  • Document assessment of potential adverse effects, alternatives analysis and proposed mitigation strategies. Have experience applying regulations and have practical experience applying NEPA principles, including but not limited to logical termini, independent utility, and connected actions. 
  • Be responsible for compliance with Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966, along with the full suite of federal laws under the NEPA umbrella, and ensuring meaningful public engagement and involvement as required to fulfill NEPA and CEPA.
  • Be responsible for coordination of the required State and federal environmental documents which involve day to day interaction with designers, consultants, as well as the State and Federal regulatory and funding agencies. 
  • Be responsible for conducting environmental review and analysis for design projects, 
  • Coordinate with on-call consulting firms.
  • Collaborate with other units and Bureaus. 
  • Review and comment on regulatory and guidance changes regarding NEPA and CEPA.
  • Provide training to the Department and consultants, commenting on proposed legislation regarding its impact on the Department.
This position will require written and verbal communication skills and will be responsible for coordination with FTA, FHWA, FRA and Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (CT OPM) as well as leading and participating in meetings with elected officials, stakeholders, and the public.

The mission of the Connecticut Department of Transportation is to provide a safe and efficient intermodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. We are looking for energetic and driven team players who are passionate about serving the public and about the work we do to deliver the DOT's mission. To learn more about our mission, vision and values, please click here.

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Selection Plan


  • 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. 
  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.
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  • 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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  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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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.
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 projects; reviews proposed legislation and distributes information; may perform site analysis work; 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 guiding projects through the NEPA and CEPA process.
  • Experience with and applying Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 to projects.
  • Experience identifying Environmental Justice Communities as well as assessment of impacts and mitigation.
  • Experience with public outreach and fulfilling outreach and engagement requirements under NEPA and CEPA.
  • Experience interpreting laws, regulations, and guidance documents for their impact on projects and agency operations.
  • Experience with and application of federal and state laws, regulation and guidance associated with NEPA and CEPA to projects.
  • Experience providing presentations and training to various audiences as well as to staff.
  • Experience overseeing and managing consultants.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office 365, ESRI or related software and interpret 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.