Associate Transportation Planner

Oregon Metro

Portland, OR

Experience Level: Mid-Level

AICP Certification: AICP Not required

Salary: $73,132.80 - $98,092.80 Annually

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This opportunity is set to close on March 9, 2023 at 5pm PST, visit our website to apply today!

Metro is dedicated to shaping a better future for the greater Portland region. The work the people of Metro do every day benefits the lives of the people who live here, today and tomorrow. We offer a highly competitive compensation and benefits program. Learn more about the benefits Metro offers. 
Metro’s transportation planning program addresses the big-picture needs of our growing region. Where should our future MAX lines go? How can we make our freeways work better while also producing less pollution and contributing to global warming? How can we best work with the 24 cities and 3 counties in the greater Portland region to make travel on our streets truly safe – especially for people walking, cycling or using transit? We answer these questions working with our elected officials and the larger community to create the Metro’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), the blueprint for all transportation planning in our region.
The Regional Transportation Plan is updated every 5 years to keep pace with the rapid changes in our region, and Metro is partway through a major update to the plan right now. This position will help the Metro transportation team complete this work, then transition to a new role to help implement both the RTP and new global warming and social equity provisions adopted by the State of Oregon in 2022 with our local cities and counties.
As the Associate Transportation Planner you will:

  • Work with Metro’s transportation planning team to complete the RTP update in 2023
  • Work with State of Oregon staff to begin implementing new global warming and social equity provisions in our region.
  • Work with the transportation planning team on other regional transportation planning projects planned for the coming years.

Attributes for success:

  • Passionate about the future of our region and the role of transportation in making this a better place to live, work and play.
  • Passionate about the climate crisis, and the need to “think globally and act locally” to make a difference.
  • Thrives in a team environment, where supporting one another, believing in our work and taking initiative are the secret power to our success.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills 
  • Strong research and analysis skills
  • Strong skills using the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook)

Diversity and inclusion:  At Metro, we’re committed to hiring a workforce representative of the communities we serve, recognizing that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We invest in employees by supporting equitable and inclusive hiring practices, employee policies and training programs.
We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific in your application materials on how your background is relevant.
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning or related field; AND
  • Two years of transportation planning/modeling and computer experience; OR
  • We will consider any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.


  • Ability to travel to meeting sites that are not reasonably reachable by transit. This position will also include trips to Salem. 
  • This full-time position is eligible for telework. 

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is considered a minimum qualification requirement for Metro job applicants. This proof will be requested during the hiring process.
Like to have qualifications:
You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience, including the military, or life experience that are relevant for this position.

  • Experience using mapping and geographic information system applications
  • Experience using basic graphics or design applications

Posted March 1, 2023, 11:07 AM PST

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