Assistant/Associate Transportation Planner Job Announcement

Transportation Planner Position Available


Assistant (49,587 - $69,784 annually, plus benefits)
Associate ($57,389 - $80,766 annually, plus benefits)
Plus scheduled increase of 3% on July 1, 2018


As one of 18 Metropolitan Planning Organizations in California, the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency (SRTA) is responsible for regional transportation planning and programming activities for the Shasta Region.  Each year, SRTA administers over $24 million in state and federal funds for the planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of transportation projects.  SRTA’s current staff of eight employees work with local, state, and federal partners to identify transportation needs, set priorities, and secure funding.  Additional information about SRTA is available online at www.srta.ca.gov.

The Shasta Regional Transportation Agency (SRTA) seeks to fill a vacancy in its transportation planner series. The position is open to candidates at the assistant or associate level depending on the applicant’s qualifications. Under the general supervision of the executive director, the selected individual will perform routine to complex work, including: transportation plans and studies; technical assignments; written and oral presentations; grant applications and administration; and public outreach and communications. Summary job specifications are below:

Assistant transportation planner:  This is the entry-level class in the professional transportation planning series.  Initially under close supervision, performs basic professional and technical transportation planning work.  As experience is gained, assignments become more varied and are performed with greater independence.  Positions at this level usually perform most of the duties required of the positions at the associate level, but are not expected to function at the same skill level and usually exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods.  Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern..  

Associate transportation planner:  This is the journey-level class in the professional transportation planning series. Incumbents are expected to perform the full range of professional and technical planning work in transportation and environmental planning activities, in addition to providing project management and administration. Positions at this level are distinguished from the assistant-level by performing the full range of duties as assigned, working independently, and exercising judgment and initiative. Positions at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.. 

Full job specifications are available online at http://www.srta.ca.gov/168/Employment.  

Qualifications:  
While expectations vary within the transportation planner series, in general, applicants should have an understanding of transportation planning principles, concepts, standards, and practices; be able to conduct analytical studies, evaluate alternatives, and make sound recommendations to management and the agency board; have an understanding of applicable federal, state, and local laws; be able to perform complex technical writing assignments; possess a high level of presentation and communication skills; and be able to prepare clear and effective reports, correspondence, and other written material.

In addition to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in transportation, urban or regional planning, transportation/traffic engineering, or a closely related field, the following minimum work experience is required to be considered for this position: 
  • Assistant Transportation Planner - No experience is required; however, one (1) year of technical or paraprofessional experience in an appropriate field related to area of assignment is desirable.
  • Associate Transportation Planner - Two years of professional transportation planning experience at the level of an assistant transportation planner. 
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is required for the associate transportation planner position within four years of hire.  

Compensation:  
Annual salary range is $49,587 to $69,784 for Assistant Transportation Planner and $57,389 to $80,766 for Associate Transportation Planner, plus benefits package.  Maximum pay includes up to 5% performance-based pay and 5% longevity pay after 10 years of service. 

In addition, SRTA offers an excellent benefit package, including: medical, dental, and vision benefits; employer paid 457 deferred compensation retirement program (in-lieu of Social Security participation); CalPERS retirement; 12 paid holidays per year; flexible spending account; long-term disability insurance; life insurance; and travel, training, and professional certification reimbursement.  SRTA Benefit Summary Sheet is available online at http://www.srta.ca.gov/168/Employment.  

Application Instructions:
A complete application package, including: 1) employment application form, 2) cover letter, 3) resume, 4) professional references, and 5) supplemental questionnaire must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.  Applications may be submitted electronically to srta@srta.ca.gov or via mail to: Shasta Regional Transportation Agency, Attn: Amy Lindsey, Executive Assistant, 1255 East Street, Suite 202, Redding, California, 96001.  

The required employment application form and supplemental questionnaire is available for download: