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Transportation Planner/Senior Transportation Planner

Benton-Franklin Council of Governments
Richland, WA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Regional Planning
Transportation Planning
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$51,710 - $67,425/$62,534 - $81,955




BFCG is the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Kennewick‐Pasco‐Richland metropolitan area located primarily in Benton and Franklin counties in Southeastern Washington. The metropolitan area has a population of over 238,000 people. BFCG is also the Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) designated by the state of Washington for an area encompassing almost 300,000 people. BFCG is comprised of 17 member organizations and serves as a forum for making decisions about transportation issues in the planning area, preparing planning documents addressing all modes of transportation, and maintaining an ongoing regional dialogue regarding transportation efforts in the region.


The Tri-Cities area of Southeastern Washington State includes all of Benton and Franklin Counties and a small portion of Walla Walla County. The area has a mixture of urbanized areas centered on the confluence of the Yakima, Snake, and Columbia Rivers and rural areas known for an abundance of agricultural lands. The area has been growing rapidly and is a center of commerce, transportation, and medical services for the region. Located to the east of the Cascade Mountains, the area has over 300 days of sunshine a year and limited precipitation. Recreation opportunities in the region are plentiful for outdoor enthusiasts and the area is part of Washington’s “Wine Country”, so tourism has become a major influence within the area. The metropolitan area population now ranks fourth in the State of Washington in terms of population.


BFCG has an opening for one position which may be filled at either the Transportation Planner or Senior Transportation Planner level. BFCG is seeking an individual to perform a variety of professional transportation planning activities. Transportation planning is conducted by a five person team within the agency and works under the direct supervision of the Transportation Planning Director. The nature of the transportation team and the agency will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to be involved with multiple efforts, allowing for professional growth and development.


The successful candidate will contribute to the success of the transportation planning team working on duties such as:

  • Developing of the metropolitan/regional transportation plan.
  • Updating and maintaining the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
  • Conducting modal (transit, active transportation, freight, etc.) studies and corridor studies.
  • Travel demand modeling (traffic forecasting).
  • Reviewing local comprehensive plans for Growth Management Act (GMA) certification.
  • Working with local, state and federal agencies.
  • Supporting transportation planning through a range of quantitative and qualitative work.
  • Tracking federal funding of the metropolitan and regional programs.
  • Report writing, including maps, graphs, and tables.
  • Conducting public involvement activities.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in urban/ regional planning, public administration, geography, or a related field from an accredited university.
  • Experience in transportation planning in the public or private sector preferred, but combinations of experience and educational will be considered (including an advanced degree).
  • Excellent organizational skills; able to set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills; written and verbal.
  • Knowledge of urban and regional planning.
  • Geographic information System (GIS) skills.
  • Ability to assist with technical quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Experience in developing reports and graphics.
  • Ability to provide technical support to supervisory staff and advisory committees.
  • Ability to work within a dynamic environment; can be flexible and adapt to change when necessary.
  • Ability to work well in a team or independently.
  • Enthusiasm, motivation and capability to be a self‐starter.
  • Desire to take-on new challenges and grow professionally through the work experiences.


  • Salary will be based on a combination of education and applicable experience. Salary ranges (starting salary is typically between the base to the midpoint of each range):
    • Transportation Planner - $51,710 - $67,425
    • Senior Transportation Planner - $62,534 - $81,955
  • BFCG offers a comprehensive benefits package including the following:
    • Choice of two medical plans
    • Employer-paid Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) account for out-of-pocket medical expenses
    • Employer paid life, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurances
    • Retirement plan
    • Deferred compensation plan
    • Annual leave starting at 18 days/year
    • Sick leave
    • Holiday leave
    • 37.5 hour standard work week


All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and completed and signed BFCG application. The application and job descriptions can be found on the agency website at Completed materials can be submitted in hard copy or via email. Materials must be received no later than 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Send submittals to [email protected] or:

Patrick Pittenger, Transportation Planning Director

Benton‐Franklin Council of Governments

P.O. Box 217

Richland, WA 99352


For further information, contact Patrick Pittenger, Transportation Planning Director at 1 (509) 943‐9185 or [email protected].


Applications requested by March 31st, but accepted until April 7th or the position is filled.


BFCG fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities.

Published on:
March 6, 2020 - 9:22am
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