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Early Career Transportation Planner

  • Job
    Entry Level / Graduate
  • Logistics
  • Baltimore

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  • You need a Bachelor’s Degree in Transportation Planning or related field, analytical skills, familiarity with zoning laws, communication skills, self-leadership, ability to work independently and as part of a team. Experience with relevant software and workplace safety is a plus.
  • You will assist in data collection, analysis, report preparation, and project coordination for transportation planning initiatives, working with teams and stakeholders to ensure accurate and efficient project delivery.


  • Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Environmental Planning, or a related field (or equivalent experience.)
  • Analytical skills, and familiarity with research techniques, local/regional geography, transportation networks, systems, and modalities.
  • Familiar with relevant approval processes, zoning laws, permitting requirements, notification and compliance practices, and applicable Regional/State/Federal regulatory framework.
  • Capable interpersonal and communication skills when interacting with others, expressing ideas effectively and professionally to a technical and non-technical audience.
  • Capable self-leadership with attention to detail, multi-tasking, and prioritization of responsibilities in a dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to work independently under general supervision, as well as part of a team to meet business objectives.
  • Familiarity with discipline-specific software (i.e., CAD, ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch-Up).
  • Basic proficiency with business writing, office automation and communication software, technology, and tools.
  • 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 type of projects will the Early Career Transportation Planner be involved in?

The Early Career Transportation Planner will be involved in projects related to transportation planning, including multi-site/phase planning projects, site and impact assessment, general plans, specific/master plans, public involvement, regulatory compliance, equitable transportation development, transportation demand management, mobility planning, multimodal access, surface transportation, and funding.

What are the key responsibilities of the Early Career Transportation Planner?

The key responsibilities of the Early Career Transportation Planner include providing technical planning assistance, capturing, modeling, and analyzing work site information, geographical resources, and spatial and tabular data, creating plans for safe movement of people and products by all modes of transport, optimizing logistics/systems, accounting for economic, social, and environmental impact of projects, supporting project leadership, and ensuring quality standards are met.

What skills and qualifications are required for the Early Career Transportation Planner role?

The ideal candidate for the Early Career Transportation Planner role should have a Bachelor's or Master's degree in transportation planning, urban planning, civil engineering, or related field. Experience with transportation planning software, GIS software, and data analysis tools is preferred. Strong communication skills, team collaboration, and attention to detail are also necessary for this role.

How does the Early Career Transportation Planner contribute to the overall goals of the organization?

The Early Career Transportation Planner contributes to the overall goals of the organization by providing technical planning expertise, assisting in project development and implementation, analyzing data to inform planning decisions, ensuring projects meet regulatory requirements, and delivering high-quality transportation planning solutions that meet client objectives and solve challenges.

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