Salary: $58,704.00 – $87,144.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Transportation
Job Number: 23DOT-OR-32068
Closing: 4/19/2023 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 (TPS3) within the Environmental & Hydraulic Services (EHS) Office, Roadside and Site Development Unit. The TPS3 will support the agency’s mission by ensuring that highway projects are designed, constructed, and maintained in compliance with agency policies, procedures, and practices. This position is a professional landscape designer responsible for supporting the development and implementation of roadside and environmental restoration and mitigation projects. The TPS3 works to restore and improve highway roadsides, streambanks, wetlands, and urban landscapes so they meet functional needs, commitments, and permit requirements while having low long-term costs.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Landscape Designer will:

  • Assist the Region Landscape Architect in the development of landscape design/contract plans, specifications and estimates.
  • Create the plans and documents needed for project submissions.
  • Undertake urban and rural transportation system development projects, such as corridor studies, classifications studies, needs for transportation facilities and impact evaluations.
  • Make recommendations for transportation planning, environmental mitigation, Endangered Species Act, and roadside and site design for rural, regional, or urban areas.
  • Review plans and submittals; prepare recommendations to supervisor on roadside work plans, weed control plans, plant materials and other materials as necessary.
  • Assist in performing inspections and field reviews of maintenance, construction (roadside restoration, preservation, and enhancement), and environmental mitigation projects.

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 Landscape Architecture or closely related field of study AND one (1) year of professional transportation experience involving analysis and evaluation of transportation issues and problems. Analysis of environmental issues and problems that involve transportation issues will also be considered qualifying experience.



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

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

  • Bachelor’s degree involving major study in Landscape Architecture or closely related field of study.
  • One (1) year of professional employment in landscape design OR registration as a Landscape Architect in Washington State. NOTE: A Master’s degree will substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.
  • Possess a thorough working knowledge of Landscape Architectural principles, methods, and practices.
  • Proficiency with computer software and skills to analyze data, prepare and generate reports in spreadsheets and databases.
  • Ability to develop and prepare professional reports.
  • Exceptional relationship management skills and ability to create effective working relationships.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to travel to and from work as well as visit various work sites as needed, safely and in a timely manner.
  • Ability to traverse steep or uneven terrain during field investigations.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • A working knowledge of WSDOT agency policies, standards and procedures.
  • Ability to manage complex projects utilizing standardized project management methodology and strategies.
  • Familiarity with Microstation Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD).
  • Ability to read and analyze contract documents for coherence, completeness, constructability, and accuracy.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Important Notes 

  • In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code.
  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.  
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • This position has been approved for in-training. The hiring manager is looking to hire at the Transportation Planning Specialist 3 level, however the in-training plan will allow candidates to be considered as a Transportation Planning Specialist 2 if not qualified at the highest level.
    1. Transportation Planning Specialist 3: $64,788 – $87,144 
    2. Transportation Planning Specialist 2: $58,704 – $78,900
  • Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.  
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit

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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