Transportation Maintainer 3 (Skilled Tree Climber)


Recruitment #240522-2347FM-002


Are you a current Department of Transportation employee looking to advance your career within the agency?  Do you want to continue to help make commuting and traveling throughout CT safe? If so, read below and apply today!

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) invites its qualified agency employees to apply for the position of Transportation Maintainer 3 (Skilled Tree Climber) in the Old Saybrook Maintenance facility.

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  • Monday - Friday
  • Full Time, 40 hours per week
  • First Shift, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Old Saybrook Maintenance facility
The  duties of the position include, but are not limited to, performing moderately-skilled tree climber duties. 

  • Prior to being eligible for interview, applicants must be certified in aerial bucket truck, and fall protection (which includes safety-harness and trauma strap), through the Department, prior to being eligible for interview and skill evaluation practicum. 
  • Applicants must indicate that they hold a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL), with the "tank endorsement," in the "Licenses and Professional Certifications" section of the application, or they will not be considered. Applicants invited to interview will be required to produce a copy of their current valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A or B, reflecting the "tank endorsement" and valid Medical Examiner's Card (MEC) at the time of interview, or they will be immediately disqualified.
  • Incumbents in this class must be willing to accept emergency overtime duties, including snow and ice removal, whenever his or her services are needed; mandatory winter overtime from November 1 through April 30.
  • Various storm events will require employees to stay at work for the duration of the storm; which at times could be up to a period of several days, to include holidays and weekends.
  • Incumbents must meet the 20-mile residency requirement from the posted job location.
  • Candidates will be required to bring a copy of their Master Application at the time of interview.
  • Eligible candidates will be required to be interviewed, prior to being eligible for the skill evaluation practicum.
  • DOT will conduct a practicum for this position to evaluate and determine whether or not applicant(s) have the skills and qualifications to perform the duties of this position. Practicums shall be conducted pursuant to the Department of Transportation Administrative Guidelines for Conducting Practicums and will be part of the interview process.
  • Candidates must show how they meet the required knowledge and experience on their application to proceed further in the hiring process.
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.

Selection Plan

  • In order to be considered for this job opening you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and 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.
  • 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
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  • 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.
  • Read through this helpful link to prepare for your interview
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • 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 Brittney Woodley at


In the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority this class is accountable for performing a variety of skilled tasks at less than the journeyperson level in the construction, maintenance and repair of state roadsides, roadways, bridges, airports and other departmental facilities; operates and maintains the more complex mechanical equipment; works as a skilled mechanic at less than the journeyperson level in the repair of mechanical equipment.


The following is a listing of examples of trucks, equipment, tasks or related duties, the operating, maintaining or performing of which are considered to be the responsibilities and duties of positions in this class:

    • Elevation platform;
    • Line marking machine (Ten (10) wheel, barrel type).
    • Concrete saws;
    • Core drills;
    • 12-22 foot flail mower (tractor);
    • Four (4) wheel drive airport snow fighter; 
    • Front end loaders; 
    • Hand operated pavement marking machine; 
    • Mechanical catch basin cleaning; 
    • Power Driven Rollers; 
    • Power pickup sweepers; 
    • Shotcrete, gunite machines; 
    • Tilt Bed Trailers; 
    • Post Pounder (driver only); 
    • Vactor (driver only); 
    • Track-mounted skid steer with various attachments including but not limited to:
      • Standard bucket; 
      • Grapple bucket; 
      • Mower; 
      • Snow blower; 
      • Sweeper; 
      • Dozer blade.
    • Drainage pipe setting; 
    • Driver of wing truck with plows attached during snow and ice truck operations; 
    • Performing skilled tasks in one or more of the following areas or trades:
      • Construction;
      • Maintenance;
      • Mechanical repair;
      • Electrical;
      • Carpentry;
      • Masonry;
      • Welding;
      • Automotive and heavy equipment mechanical repair;
      • Plumbing;
      • Painting;
    • Test boring; 
    • Skilled tree climber; 
    • Inspector of VIP projects; 
    • District Office Radio Operator (backup); 
    • Service patrol; 
    • Sign erector (general); 
    • Pothole patcher operator; 
    • May supervise a materials management stockroom; 
    • In addition to other duties, may assist a Transportation Maintenance Manager in preparing and checking reports;
    • Wildlife hazard control;
    • Radio monitoring and communication;
    • Escort vendors, contractors, etc. in secure areas (state owned airports only);
    • In addition to other duties incumbents in this class may be required to receive training in, stand by for and respond to fire and/or crash emergency situations at state-owned airports; 
    • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of construction, maintenance and repair techniques of roadsides, roadways, bridges or airports; 
  • Knowledge of processes and materials used in construction and maintenance trades; 
  • Oral and written communication skills; 
  • Considerable ability to use and make ordinary repairs to more complex mechanical equipment; 
  • Ability to
    • operate equipment as listed on attached Addendum; 
    • keep shop records and prepare reports; 
    • use, set up and maintain ordinary bench and other shop machine tools and equipment; 
    • understand and follow written and oral instructions; 
    • utilize computer software.


Two (2) years of experience in the construction, landscaping, commercial driving, snow plowing, maintenance and repair of roadsides, roadways, bridges or airports, in work involving the operation and care of mechanical equipment, or in work in one of the recognized maintenance trades.


Graduation from a vocational or technical school with a diploma designating completion of the subject requirements in one of the maintenance trades may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Skilled tree-related work experience.
  • Skilled tree climbing experience.


  • Incumbents in this class may be required by the appointing authority to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, permits and/or certifications.
  • Incumbents in this class must be willing to accept assignment to emergency duties, including snow and ice removal, whenever their services are required.


At state airports: In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


  • Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness in order to perform the duties of the class.
  • A physical examination will be required.


  • Incumbents in this class are exposed to extremes of weather conditions, to frequent lifting of heavy weights, to highly dangerous road and traffic conditions, including exposure to heights when working on bridges, to poison ivy, insect bites and allergy irritants during summer months, and to loud and potentially dangerous machinery.
  • The appointing authority may require completion of an asbestos removal program consistent with EPA guidelines for operations and maintenance during employment in this class. Incumbents may be required to use protective equipment such as respirators and safety goggles.


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.