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Engineer Intern (Target Class: Civil Engineer 1)


Are you a recent graduate with the desire to make an impact on the environment?
If so, we have a fantastic opportunity for you! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) has exciting vacancies available to join our team as an Engineer Intern with a target class of Civil Engineer 1. These vacancies are located in the Water Protection & Land Reuse Bureau in Hartford. 

The available positions are specifically within the Land & Water Resources Division (LWRD) and the Water Planning & Management Division (WMPD). This posting is for multiple vacancies in the East & Infrastructure Permitting groups and the Dam Safety Regulatory group. 

About Us: 

At the State of Connecticut, DEEP, we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the environment - and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy. 

Within the Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse (WPLR), our mission is to work together for the restoration, protection and conservation of Connecticut's water and land resources for current and future generations. 

Position Highlights: 

LWRD specifically provides land use planning and regulatory services directed to the management and protection of Long Island Sound, tidal and inland wetlands and watercourses. LWRD directly processes and reviews water and coastal resource permit applications, conducts investigations of violations of environmental laws and initiates appropriate enforcement actions, and assists municipal partners in their administration of coastal and inland land use regulation. 

The WPMD Dam Safety Program has jurisdiction over all non-federally owned or licensed dams in the state. The Dam Safety Program is responsible for ensuring that all jurisdictional dams in the state are operated and maintained in a safe condition in order to prevent the loss of life and/or property. 

WPMD maintains an inventory of 4,000+ dams in Connecticut. In addition, DEEP is the owner of approximately 265 dams, for which we are responsible for operation and maintenance, repairs, and upgrades. 

This position is full-time, 35 hours per week on first shift. The work schedule is Monday through Friday with flexible hours (within reason). A hybrid work schedule is available. Some weekend and evening work is required in the event of unanticipated flood events.

What we can offer you: 

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work - life balance! 


Duties are performed within the context of the administration of the various water resources regulatory programs. In this position you will:

• Evaluate projects for consistency with environmental laws, regulations and policies.
• Review detailed site plans, engineering analyses, hydraulic models and other environmental reports.
• Review, and make final recommendations and determinations on permit applications seeking authorization for regulated wetland and water resource activities.
• Conduct technical reviews of engineering investigations pertaining to the hydraulic and hydrologic characteristics of floodplains in relation to impacts from proposed infrastructure projects such as bridges, culverts and dams
• Conduct field, geospatial, photographic and regulatory records investigations, to assess existing versus proposed site conditions.
• Evaluate and develop project modifications, alternatives and special conditions to avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts to natural resources, including but not limited to: floodplains, wetlands, watercourses, fisheries, state listed species and coastal resources and uses.
• Provide technical consultation to local, regional, state, federal officials and the public;
• Represent the Department as an expert witness and provide testimony on natural resources and environmental issues at public hearings.
• Prepare written documents including, environmental permits, engineering assessments, legal notices, and correspondence.


A Bachelor's degree in the discipline required by the target class.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience or coursework in civil or environmental engineering; 
  • Experience or coursework in hydrology or hydraulics; or structural analysis; or soils and foundations; 
  • Experience in reading drawings or plans, interpreting and using maps, graphs or data tables; 
  • Experience simultaneously tracking and prioritizing activities or projects while adhering to deadlines and producing deliverables; 
  • Experience preparing and reviewing technical reports or other professional documents; 
  • Experience communicating technical information to peers, supervisors and managers in person, over the phone and in writing.