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Transportation Planner

Salary: Transportation Planner I (#7463)

$28.11-$34.32 hourly / $4,890-$5,969 monthly / Range: 6022

Transportation Planner II (#7464)

$32.65-$39.86 hourly / $5,679-$6,933 monthly / Range: 6322

DEFINITION: Under supervision (I) or general supervision (II), performs professional transportation engineering and planning work; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Transportation Planner I is the entry-level professional class in which incumbents receive close supervision and training and are expected to progress to the journey-level classification of Transportation Planner II within a reasonable length of time. Transportation Planner II is distinguished by incumbents' independence and responsibility for projects of greater complexity. These classes are distinguished from the Planner series by the specialization in transportation engineering and planning.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Reviews plans for and reports on development projects; conducts site visits to assess conformance with County road design standards, regional transportation plans, and transportation safety and circulation policies; determines restrictions or requirements for projects and communicates with developers; prepares reports and presents findings and recommendations to the Planning Commission.
2. Makes visual or survey observations of transportation systems to analyze traffic flow and safety; uses traffic forecast models to anticipate traffic or engineering problems; prepares technical reports with recommendations for improvements or solutions.
3. Analyzes potential emission reduction strategies and makes recommendations for implementation; provides technical assistance to local agencies in designing, implementing, and monitoring alternative or mass transportation systems such as bicycle and bus routes; recommends methods to encourage the use of alternative transportation; researches grant programs and solicits funds from state and federal agencies for alternative transportation projects.
4. With civil engineers, creates and presents biannual updates to the County's long-term regional transportation plan to meet changing demands.
5. Communicates and interacts with other departments and authorities to incorporate their requirements into transportation plans.
6. Meets with and makes presentations before citizen groups and officials to explain transportation issues and win approval for recommendations or proposals.
7. Prepares correspondence; maintains a computerized project tracking system and other records.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

Transportation Planner I

1. Possession of a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, transportation engineering, transportation planning, or a closely related field; or,
2. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of transportation engineering and planning; standard English grammar and usage.

Ability to: make accurate engineering calculations; prepare correspondence and reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; analyze problems, consider options, formulate strategies, and make practical recommendations; learn, interpret, and apply procedures, rules, and laws; learn to read a variety of maps and plans; learn general and specialized computer applications; communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively orally and in writing.

Transportation Planner II

1. Two years of professional experience in transportation engineering or planning, or a related field; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Transportation Planner I with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: same as level I plus: record-keeping practices; the Highway Capacity Manual or a similar method for calculating level of service.

Ability to: same as level I plus: conduct transportation surveys and analyze data; organize, prioritize, and coordinate work; work independently; employ creativity in resolving problems; exercise independent judgment; read and apply complex ordinances and policies when reviewing transportation projects or reports; read a variety of transportation and development maps and plans; communicate laws, policies, and procedures effectively to the public; make accurate field observations.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.

Desirable Qualifications: Experience working with TMODEL or other traffic forecast models is highly desirable.
 



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