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Associate Consultant, Transportation Planner

  • Job
    Entry Level / Graduate
  • Logistics
  • Washington, DC

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  • You need a Bachelor’s Degree in Transportation Planning or a related field, 0-2 years of experience, project management skills, familiarity with regulatory frameworks, strong communication abilities, proficiency in discipline-specific software, and a commitment to workplace safety.
  • You will assist with collecting and analyzing transportation data, preparing reports and visualizations, working with cross-functional teams, and interacting with clients and regulatory agencies in a professional manner.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, or a related field (or equivalent experience.)
  • 0 to 2 years of experience working in the transportation planning field, actively engaging in general plans, specific/master plans, zoning code updates, public involvement, and regulatory compliance for a variety of client projects relating to equitable transportation development and construction, transportation demand management, mobility planning, multimodal access, surface transportation, and funding.
  • Experience with the transportation project development cycle; including from planning to implementation.
  • Well-defined experience reviewing surface transportation projects and program cost estimates and assessing project readiness for inclusion in the strategic local/regional Transportation Plan.
  • Competent analytical skills and prior experience with research techniques, local/regional geography, transportation networks, systems, and modalities.
  • Working knowledge and experience with relevant approval processes, zoning laws, permitting requirements, notification and compliance practices, and applicable Regional/State/Federal regulatory framework.
  • Familiarity with local, state, and federal regulatory and permitting agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience contributing to transportation technical reports, preparing impact assessments, evaluations, siting reports, logistics, and permit applications.
  • Project management experience with small to mid-level projects including tracking hours and expenses for project work.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills when interacting with others, expressing ideas effectively and professionally to a technical and non-technical audience.
  • Highly capable self-leadership with attention to detail, multi-tasking, and prioritization of responsibilities in a dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to work independently and provide guidance and leadership to junior team or project members, with strict adherence to QA/QC.
  • Experience with discipline-specific software (i.e., CAD, ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch-Up).
  • Proficiency with technical business writing, office automation and communication software, technology, and tools.
  • Developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills required to reach conclusions from testing results, data collation, and identify the most effective solutions to accomplish objectives of assigned projects.
  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.
  • Ability to work schedules conducive to project-specific requirements that may extend beyond the typical workweek.
  • Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior internship related to the degree of study and the specific discipline.
  • A member of and/or actively participate in local professional practice organizations.


  • Assist with collecting, identifying, and compiling observational, spatial, operations, and environmental data from multiple matrices for projects, research, and surveys.
  • Use topographic maps, aerial photographs, GPS data, and other visualization tools to determine exact locations of project areas, site impact, habitat types, and associated physical and wildlife sensitivities.
  • Under general supervision, assist with preparing reports, general plans, specific/master plans, zoning codes, permitting policies and/or development standards for assigned projects, with a particular emphasis on transportation and multimodal accommodation.
  • Maintain quality control standards and procedures for accurate and precise measurements, demographics, patterns and trends, statistical analysis, and reporting
  • Perform basic professional transportation planning work to gain further information on a particular problem or issue, verify site characteristics, and/or to assist with planning for future needs affecting equitable development, construction, transportation demand management, mobility planning, and multimodal access.
  • Prepare data and visualizations such as tables, charts, accurate reports, and illustrations for the interpretation or presentation of data, findings, or analyses.
  • Contribute to the preparation of technical reports summarizing research with findings and conclusions, generating complete, accurate, and concise documentation of technical memos, meeting minutes, transmittals, presentations, and other written materials.
  • Assist with overseeing and working with cross-functional teams in executing project work.
  • Interact with regulatory agencies, subcontractors, and clients in a confident and professional manner.
  • Conduct research as appropriate and assist with proposal development.
  • Assist technical staff and project managers with the analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of facts and data obtained during field and site investigations, offering input with developing action plans to minimize impacts to the community, population, local economy, and environment.
  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct, and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs


What are the key responsibilities of an Associate Consultant, Transportation Planner?

The key responsibilities include providing technical planning assistance, capturing and analyzing work site information, creating plans for safe transportation, optimizing logistics and systems, and considering economic, social, and environmental impacts of projects. The Associate Consultant also provides support for multi-site/phase planning projects, site assessment, general plans preparation, public involvement, regulatory compliance, transportation demand management, mobility planning, and funding.

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