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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 543G
Category: Science & Engineering


Independently conducts complete planning assignments involving one or more transportation modes and/or one problem area and/or a single discipline under limited supervision. Assignments may involve supervising and training lower level personnel and/or performing as a project team leader on assigned projects.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Assignments at this level require independent evaluations and responsibility to select and modify evaluation techniques; directions provided are limited to specific problem areas and major factors to be considered in reaching objectives;

Modes are rail, water, air, transit, bike and pedestrian, etc.;

Problem areas relate to energy, land use, economic development, deregulation of services, modal system integration, environmental regulations, Endangered Species Act, transportation roadside and site aspects, etc.;

Disciplines are environmental or urban planning, fisheries, biology, transportation, landscape architecture, engineering, economics, social sciences, etc.;

Project assignments at this level include specific studies of service and facilities, or defined areas as a part of a statewide or region program such as air quality, economic development, roadside development and management, etc.;

Landscape Architecture Office:

  • Incumbents are placed in charge of the development, implementation, or management of roadside, site or mitigation projects.  Incumbents are expected to possess a thorough working knowledge of agency policies, standards and procedures as well as Landscape Architectural principles, methods and practices. Incumbents are responsible for the management of projects including planning, scoping, scheduling, determining workforce needs, tracking funding, and carrying out the completion of projects.  May oversee and guide work done by consultants or assigned staff.  Staff at this level often must assign work to, train, and evaluate staff.  In addition to supervising staff and being responsible for the assigned projects, the team leader also may do the most complex design work.

Traffic Data Office: 

  • Supervises two or more permanently assigned field crews or office units engaged in full-time collection, summarization and routine analysis of transportation planning data relating to physical inventory of transportation facilities and the travel and operating characteristics of transportation systems; for example, field control, office control.


  • Full responsible for conducting complete planning assignments for a recognized aspect of the environmental program.  Examples of qualifying subprograms are:  Air pollution (state-wide impact); Noise Abatement (state-wide impact); Hazardous Materials; Environmental Permits; Water Quality; Erosion Control; Watershed Management; Biology; Endangered Species Act; Environmental data administration; Stormwater Management.

Typical Work

Undertakes urban and rural transportation system development projects such as corridor studies, classifications studies, needs for transportation facilities and impact evaluations;

Utilizes economic, population, land use and traffic projections to make recommendations for transportation planning, environmental mitigation, Endangered Species Act, and roadside and site design, for rural, regional or urban areas;

Plans and conducts research concerning substantive area of professional expertise;

May serve as team leader for transportation planning and evaluation projects, biological analysis, Endangered Species or development, implementation or management of roadside, site or mitigation projects;

Analyzes and makes qualitative evaluations of survey data, prepares reports and makes specific recommendations concerning the development of rural or urban transportation plans;

Undertakes modified evaluative processes and provides appropriate methodologies for development of studies;

Attends meetings and project conferences to discuss department operations, proposals and techniques, for the resolution of transportation problems, and to carry out coordinative programs to fulfill federal and state legislative requirements; develops training seminars or conferences, or provides instruction for needed programs;

Develops and tests transportation network models to determine travel distribution and future travel demands;

Participates in public meetings and hearings explaining the department's planning proposals, and the socioeconomic and environmental effects of them;

Meets with local officials to explain results of planning studies and coordinates activities between the highway planning bureau and local governments;

Has responsibility for training staff in new methods and techniques, including documentation in specific professional areas;

May direct, train, and evaluate lower-level staff, technicians, trainees and clerks, as required;

Performs other work as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in transportation, landscape architecture, environmental or urban, regional or land use planning, engineering, public or business administration, economics or natural or physical sciences and three years' professional transportation experience involving analysis and evaluation of transportation issues and problems. Analysis of environmental issues and problems that involve transportation issues will also be considered qualifying experience. A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.


One year as a Transportation Planning Specialist 2, Transportation Engineer 2, Landscape Designer 2, or equivalent classification in city or county agencies.

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class: Adopted 11-8-79 (effective 1-1-80)
Revised minimum qualifications: 11-13-00
Revised definition, distinguishing characteristics, minimum qualifications, and general revision: 9-19-03
Revised new class code: (formerly 67850) effective July 1, 2007