State of Montana Transportation Planner #36117 & #36114 in Helena, Montana

Do you want a career as a transportation planner engaging in program planning and management activities for critical infrastructure that moves people and goods?

MDT provides an environment where you can make a difference by planning, organizing, analyzing and tracking various transportation-related projects and programs. Surrounded by a team of dedicated professionals, your skills in data analysis, program and project management are desired here. Apply today!

About the Division, Bureau, and Section:

The principal goals of the Rail, Transit, and Planning Division are to develop and implement a long-range multimodal construction program that addresses Montana's most important statewide transportation needs and to support the development and safety of Montana's multimodal transportation system. These dual goals are addressed through the complex interaction and interrelationship of the following five bureaus, Data and Statistics, Grants, Multimodal Planning, Policy, Program and Performance Analysis, and Environmental Services.

The Multimodal Planning Bureau develops and implements programs, processes, systems and planning products necessary to make informed policy and programming decisions in cooperation with the public, representatives of stakeholder groups, and local, tribal, federal and state elected and appointed officials. Bureau responsibilities include state rail, highway and urban planning and program administration; the statewide multimodal transportation planning process; air quality; tourism, economic development, trade corridor, and freight planning programs; transportation demand management programs; and the development of special studies and research products such as reports requested by the legislature.

The Statewide and Urban Planning Section supports and conducts transportation planning in Montana’s urban and rural areas. The section ensures that transportation planning and construction programs are consistent with legal requirements, federal guidelines and state law pertaining to transportation plans, programs and projects in these areas. The section administers and supports the use of federal and state construction funds allocated to urban areas. The section is also responsible for statewide multimodal transportation planning; tourism, economic development, trade corridor and freight planning and programs; urban traffic forecast modeling; and the analysis of economic impacts of proposed highway projects and corridor improvements.

The Rail, Air Quality and Studies Section has the responsibility for managing Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funded programs, including the Montana Air Congestion Improvement (MACI) program; coordinating division activities related to National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), including planning and programming conformity for PM10, CO and PM2.5; managing rail planning activities; administering the Montana Essential Freight Rail Loan (MEFRL) program; providing administrative and technical support for the Rail Service Competition Council (RSCC); coordinating MDT’s economic analysis and liaison activities; assisting in the development and implementation of the division’s public involvement process; tracking and reporting on legislative and other hearings of interest; managing public stakeholder surveys to MDT’s long range plan (TranPlanMT); and managing the department’s federal discretionary grant programs and other multimodal program activities.

We are hiring up to two positions for placement at the Band 5 or Band 6 level. Final placement will be determined by the qualifications of the successful applicant. These positions will serve as general transportation planners within either the Statewide and Urban Planning Section or the Rail, Air Quality and Studies Section.

Within the Statewide and Urban Planning Section, the incumbent will assemble and compile data from a number of resources, provide quality control, and perform various analyses. In addition, this position may evaluate plans, programs and projects for compliance with federal and state laws and rules; conduct functional classification, system revision and urban boundary review; serve as a liaison to local governments, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), districts, and headquarters staff on statewide and urban planning issues; analyze transportation related data and prepare reports; manage consultants tasked with completing safety plans, pre-NEPA corridor studies, or other general planning studies; and assist with data collection for special projects.

Within the Rail, Air Quality and Studies Section the incumbent will be responsible for program and project management and tracking in support of transportation planning activities. Tasks include coordinating surveys and grants with internal and external stakeholders, maintaining survey elements, and coordinating meetings with supervisor and bureau chief on content, selection and delivery. Additionally, the incumbent will provide assistance with special project activities as directed by the supervisor. This includes providing technical support for committee and external meetings, and activities in support of various studies, grants and contracts monitored by the section. The incumbents will also assemble and compile data from a number of resources, provide quality control, and perform various analyses. Specifically, this position may assist in the management of the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program, the rail program, highway freight, safety plans, corridor studies, and data collection for special projects. Other duties include collecting, formatting, tracking and reporting on data elements relating to transportation planning and studies.

For a full job description of Transportation Planner Band 5 or Transportation Planner Band 6 please contact Brooke Nelson atbrnelson@mt.gov.

These positions are part of a career ladder and placement will be within the salary range noted above dependent on qualifications of the successful applicant. The ability to move within the career ladder is based on MDT advancement policy 4-0104, and state classification policies. For further details please email brnelson@mt.gov.

Band 5 Minimum Qualifications:

Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, or Finance AND (1) one year of work related experience.

Acceptable: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Business, Economics, Education, Public Administration, Mathematics, Accounting, Statistics, Engineering, Geology, Geography, Social or Physical Science, Land Use Planning or Resource Management and no other training or experience required.

Other equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Band 6 Minimum Qualifications:

Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, or Finance AND (3) three years of work-related experience.

Acceptable: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Business, Economics, Education, Public Administration, Mathematics, Accounting, Statistics, Engineering, Geology, Geography, Social or Physical Science, Land Use Planning or Resource Management and (3) years of work-related experience.

Other equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

This position is an MPEA union position

This position is being posted in accordance with the bargaining unit agreement. Non-bargaining unit employees or employees of another bargaining unit may apply. If the position is not filled with a bargaining unit applicant, the non-bargaining unit applicants may be considered. However, bargaining unit applicants will have preference.

  • The cover letter must include the following information: (1) Describe why you are interested in this position (2) How will your education and experience contribute to your success as a Transportation Planner? *

To be considered for this position you must attach your transcripts. Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable.

In order to be considered for this position, you must apply by midnight on the closing date and you must attach your cover letter and transcripts. Applications submitted without required materials will not be considered.

Applicants identified for further consideration will be required to take an assessment test to determine knowledge and aptitude.

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, and veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Human Resources and Occupational Safety Division, at 406.444.6054.

MDT is committed to continuous improvement of our employee safety program, our safety and health processes, and to achieving an injury-free workplace.

These positions occasionally require overnight travel.

Job: *Transportation

Title: Transportation Planner #36117 & #36114

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 18142625