Environmental Planning Summer Worker

Recruitment #240208-5704VR-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for Summer Worker (Environmental Planning) positions in the Bureau of Planning and Research, Environmental Permit Unit, and the Environmental Resource Compliance Unit, both within the Office of Environmental Planning (OEP). 

Position Highlights:
  • Anticipated start date in May of 2024 and ending by August 30, 2024
  • Monday-Friday
  • First shift
  • 8 hours/day, 40 hours/week
  • Seasonal
  • Location: Position based in Newington
The Role:
The summer position in the Environmental Resource Compliance Unit would gain experience in fulfilling the following duties: 
  • Assist in performing Construction Site Inspections for compliance with State and federal water and natural resource permit requirements, as well as the Department’s Best Management Practices (BMP’s)
  • Assist in ensuring commitments to protection of listed species, fisheries enhancements and permit special conditions are carried out during construction
  • Assisting by acting as a liaison with State and federal regulatory agencies during construction
  • Assist in obtaining permit approvals for changes that occur during construction
  • Assist in providing construction oversight of Wetland and Habitat Mitigation sites
  • Assist in performing plan reviews for compliance with proper water handling techniques, and State guidelines regarding erosion and sedimentation control
  • Assist in providing guidance for Maintenance activities within regulated areas and providing oversight for proper BMP’s and protection of natural resources in regard to excess material disposal areas, tree clearing, and drainage system maintenance activities
  • Assist in providing Training to Maintenance forces regarding work in regulated areas
  • Assist in developing mapping of the State’s Drainage system for compliance with the recently issued MS4 permit
  • Assist in determining permit needs, obtain permit approvals, and oversee compliance for Department declared Emergency Declarations in regulated areas; Assist in responding to Public Complaints  
  • Performing other related duties as required 
The summer position in the Environmental Permitting Unit would gain experience in fulfilling the following duties:  
  • Assist in acquiring permit approvals for projects
  • Assist in reviewing permit applications and preliminary design plans
  • Assist in preparation of permit applications and supporting documents for projects
  • Assist in conducting wetland delineations and habitat assessments for project sites
  • Assist in coordination with DEEP Fisheries and design teams to determine protection protocols, fisheries enhancements, and likely permit special conditions
  • Assist in coordination with DEEP Natural Diversity Data Base to determine protection protocols for listed species including field reviews
  • Assist in conducting National Marine Fisheries Essential Fish Habitat and Endangered Species Act coordination to determine protection protocols and construction limitations
  • Assist in conducting field reviews of project sites with state and federal regulatory agencies to identify and solve environmental issues that could affect project schedules
  • Assist in coordination with the US Coast Guard, USACE, and DEEP Boating regarding work in navigational channels
  • Assist in document coordination as required under various federal laws such as the Endangered Species Act
  • Performing other related duties as required   
We are seeking applicants with a science, environmental planning, engineering, or construction management background. The Environmental Permit Unit and the Environmental Resource Compliance Unit, determine permit needs and acquire permit approvals, as well as oversee active construction compliance (regarding environmental commitments) for all Department projects. If you are interested, apply today!

Selection Plan

Selected candidates must be at least 16 or 18 years old, depending on the position. 

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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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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  • 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.

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In a state agency this class performs tasks and duties of a seasonal nature by providing services to clients or the public.

Work areas covered by this class shall include the assignments and hourly rates as listed below:

 Assignment Minimum Hourly
Maximum Hourly
 General  $15.69  $17.00
 Patient Care Service  $15.69  $17.00
 Maintenance  $15.69  $17.00
 Laboratory Assistant  $15.69  $17.00
 Recreational Aide  $15.69  $17.00
 Transportation Services (Bus Driver)  $15.69  $17.00
 Tourist Information Clerk  $15.69  $17.00
 Specialized Recreational Services  $15.69  $17.00
 Tourist Information Coordinator  $15.69  $17.00
 Information Technology System Analysis  $19.00  $22.00
 Professional Engineering  $19.44  $22.51
 Legal  $19.00  $22.00

Minimum and maximum hourly rates will be subject to the following criteria:

  • Returning Seasonal Workers may receive $.50 an hour additional compensation for each season of service up to the maximum hourly rate.


  • Experienced workers in the specific functional area with another employer may be credited with such time on an equivalent basis to seasons worked and granted the same additional compensation up to the maximum hourly rate.

  • Undergraduate or graduate students may be granted additional compensation of up to $.50 more per hour (up to the maximum hourly rate) for each full year of completed education on the basis of 30 semester hours equaling one (1) year.
NOTE: Determination of hourly rate is based on the above criteria. Additional compensation is based on only one criteria. It is not intended for individuals to receive additional compensation through application of the multiple criteria listed above.


See attached Addendum


  • Knowledge of
    • principles, practices and procedures of assigned specialty; 
    • operation of equipment, materials and activities of assigned specialty; 
  • Knowledge to degree necessary for dealing with and understanding an individual’s behavior; 
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • techniques of assigned specialty skills; 
  • Ability to
    • assist individuals in self-care habits, personal hygiene and proper social conduct where applicable; 
    • understand and carry out written orders and oral instructions; 
  • Adequate physical strength and stamina to perform duties; 
  • Some positions may require supervisory and/or leadership abilities.


Any experience and training that could reasonably be expected to provide the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.


  • Academic history that demonstrates an interest regarding water and natural resources identification and management 
  • Academic or work history in Biology, soils, environmental science, environmental planning, engineering, or construction management 
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher in science, engineering, and/or construction management related courses 
  • Experience or training in reading and interpreting design plans and construction contracts through coursework, internships, or training 
  • Interpersonal skills, oral and written communication, and collaboration skills 
  • Experience through coursework or internships with ESRI ArcGIS or related computer software 
  • Interest in and flexibility with working in an office environment as well as field environments (i.e. uneven ground, inclement weather conditions, working closely with active construction equipment, working within vegetated areas, and working adjacent to the traveling public)


  • Incumbents in this class assigned to recreational activities must be able to perform emergency first aid as needed and certain positions will require a current Standard First Aid Certificate.
  • Incumbents in this class assigned as bus drivers or operate a motor vehicle must possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator License to drive a bus and/or a Motor Vehicle Operators License as necessary.
  • 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.