Salary: $69,756.00 – $93,840.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Transportation
Job Number: 22DOT-OR-30811-1
Closing: 5/8/2023 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 Engineer 3 in the Olympic Region Multimodal Planning unit. Reporting to the Senior Planner – Team Lead, the Transportation Engineer 3 will lead technical analysis in areas of traffic operations analysis and travel demand modeling (TDM). The incumbent contributes to regional planning and project delivery efforts; oversees and completes corridor studies; participates on statewide plan and policy reviews; coordinates with regional planning organizations, local jurisdictions, and tribal nations; and maintains good working relationships with internal and external customers.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Transportation Analysis Specialist will:

  • Serve as the Multimodal Planning unit’s subject matter expert for traffic operations analysis and TDM.
  • Assemble, collect, and critically evaluate data needed for traffic operations and TDM technical analysis.
  • Advise, coordinate, review, and perform traffic operations and TDM technical analysis tasks for project work undertaken by the Multimodal Planning unit and other Olympic Region organizations.
  • Review models, model outputs, analysis results, and reports prepared by partner agencies such as MPOs/RTPOs, cities, and counties.
  • Lead and manage scope, schedule, and budget for assigned transportation studies; identify and determine the appropriate level of data analysis, research, and community engagement.
  • Present planning analysis and results orally and visually in public settings in a manner that is easily understood by audiences that are not familiar with the subject matter.
  • Coordinate and facilitate communication with stakeholders and respond to public inquiries; arrange and facilitate open houses and meetings to exchange information between WSDOT and stakeholders.

Occasional field work may include hazard exposure such as high-speed vehicle traffic, exhaust, weather-related risk, heavy construction equipment, walking over uneven ground, proximity to creeks and bodies of water, and similar.
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • Bachelor’s degree involving major study in transportation, urban, regional or land use planning, engineering, public or business administration, economics or natural or physical sciences. 


  • Three (3) years’ professional transportation experience involving analysis, evaluation, and documentation of transportation and environmental issues. Note: A Master’s degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.


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

  • Knowledge 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 conducting analysis using traffic operations software or travel demand models.
  • Experience using a personal computer to develop calculations, documents, spreadsheets, estimates and project scheduling.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with others both written and orally.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Familiarity with traffic operations principles and theories, Highway Capacity Manual procedures, and signalized and non-signalized intersection analysis procedures.
  • Experience developing, interpreting, and applying TDM and traffic operations models such as Synchro, Sidra, VISSIM, VISUM, EMME, or similar software platforms.
  • Experience conducting geospatial analysis using computer software.
  • Experience preparing for and conducting stakeholder and public meetings, collecting and recording meeting information, and preparing written summaries.
  • Experience working with local and state agencies, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Regional Transportation Planning Organizations, and tribal nations.
  • Ability to operate a state vehicle safely and legally.

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 be used to fill additional vacated positions. 
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options consistent with business and project needs. The incumbent may need to travel within the limits of Olympic Region for field visits, stakeholder meetings, and training.
  • The recruiting efforts for this position have been extended to establish a sufficient candidate pool. However, the first review of applications will be conducted May 10, 23, 2023. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.
  • 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. NOTE: This information may be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment. 

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