Salary: $61,056.00 – $90,624.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 23DOT-OR-32697
Department: Dept. of Transportation
Division: Olympic Region
Opening Date: 06/28/2023
Closing Date: 7/26/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world’s longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world’s widest tunneling project.
The Opportunity
WSDOT is currently seeking a Transportation Planning Specialist 3 to support the Olympic Region Multimodal Planning unit. Reporting to the Fish Passage Senior Planner – Team Lead, the incumbent in this position contributes to project delivery efforts including supporting pre-design on fish passage and other projects; participates on corridor and environmental planning studies; coordinates with regional planning organizations, local jurisdictions, and tribal nations; and maintains good working relationships with internal and external customers.
WSDOT’s mission is to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation options to improve communities and economic vitality for people and businesses. Olympic Region Multimodal Planning’s mission is to undertake short, medium, and long-range planning to ensure WSDOT’s mission is accomplished.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Environmental Planner will:

  • Identify, coordinate, and conduct the appropriate analysis, technical research, community engagement, and related activities needed to support project pre-design.
  • Use geographic information systems (GIS) and other computer software to analyze and display geographic information.
  • Oversee and review consultant work activities and deliverables for compliance with scope, schedule, budget.
  • Organize and coordinate technical staff work efforts across WSDOT offices and organizations including headquarters, Project Management, Traffic, Project Engineer Offices, and Communications.
  • Schedule, coordinate, and lead field reviews of project sites with stakeholders.
  • Produce pre-design documentation such as the Context and Modal Accommodation Report (CMAR), Basis of Design (BOD), and Project Summary packages.
  • Support management and preparation of major environmental documents such as Planning and Environmental Linkages Studies and Environmental Impact Statements.

This position requires occasional travel and field work that involves driving and/or traveling in a motor vehicle and extended periods of standing in the outdoors. The work may include hazard exposure such as high-speed vehicle traffic, exhaust, weather-related risk, heavy construction equipment, walking over uneven terrain, and proximity to creeks and bodies of water.
This is a Transportation Planning Specialist 3 (TPS3) position. However, the hiring manager reserves the right to fill the position at a lower level – Transportation Planning Specialist 2 (TPS2) – depending on qualifications, providing an opportunity for an individual to gain the required experience on the job as part of a formal “in-training” plan.
To be considered for this opportunity at the TPS2 level, the following are required:

  • A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in transportation, urban, regional or land use planning, engineering or natural or physical sciences AND one (1) year of professional experience involving analysis, evaluation, and documentation of transportation or environmental issues. 



  • A Master’s degree in academic fields listed above.

To be considered for this opportunity at the TPS3 level, the following are required:

  • A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in transportation, urban, regional or land use planning, engineering or natural or physical sciences AND two (2) years professional experience involving analysis, evaluation, and documentation of transportation or environmental issues. A Master’s degree in one of the above fields may substitute for one year of the required experience.


In addition to the above, the following are also required:

  • Understanding of project management processes including budget tracking, scheduling, and team management.
  • Understanding of transportation planning principles, and related federal and state laws, standards, and guidelines.
  • Experience developing or reviewing transportation or environmental-related technical documents, reports, and correspondence.
  • Experience preparing for and conducting stakeholder and public meetings, collecting and recording meeting information; and preparing written summaries.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with others both written and orally.
  • Experience using a personal computer to develop calculations, documents, spreadsheets, estimates, and project scheduling.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Knowledge and experience with procedures for linking planning, scoping and design of transportation projects.
  • Knowledge and experience with the National Environmental Protection Act/State Environmental Protection Act (NEPA/SEPA) review processes.
  • Experience presenting complex information to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Experience conducting geospatial analysis using computer software.
  • Demonstrated experience working with local and state agencies, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Regional Transportation Planning Organizations, and tribal nations.
  • Ability to legally operate a state vehicle.

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment. 

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