Associate Planner

Associate Planner

Closes: The position is open until filled with applications reviewed beginning December 20, 2019.

Status: Regular full-time, 40 hours per week; Exempt FLSA status.
Salary: The starting salary range is $68,000 – $75,000 annually, DOE, with full benefits.
Location: Puget Sound Regional Council; Downtown Seattle, Washington

About PSRC

The Puget Sound Regional Council is the regional transportation, growth management and economic development planning agency serving Seattle and the central Puget Sound. The thriving region is home to over 4 million people and is one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. PSRC brings together the region’s diverse counties, cities and towns, native tribes, ports, the state of Washington and civic interests to understand the challenges facing our region’s future and make plans for the region to continue to succeed. The agency serves as the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization and is the regional leader for growth management, transportation, and economic development under state and federal laws.
Visit to find out more. PSRC is an equal opportunity employer.

The Position

PSRC is seeking an Associate Planner to perform a variety of tasks and activities that support transportation planning in the central Puget Sound region. The position will provide general assistance and support to the Transportation Planning Division, with a particular focus on analytical support as well as committee support for long range transportation planning functions. The position will be responsible for a range of qualitative and quantitative work. This work may include, but is not limited to the following tasks:

• Supporting development of the Regional Transportation Plan and Regional Transportation Improvement Program;
• Supporting development of the long-range financial strategy for the Regional Transportation Plan;
• Assisting in PSRC’s project selection and monitoring processes;
• Communicating a range of transportation-related topics and issues, both in writing and presentations;
• Assisting in maintenance and organization of one or more PSRC committees;
• Assisting with the implementation of federal and state transportation requirements and regional policy.
The Associate Planner will research, analyze, summarize and validate data and prepare final reports for presentation and publication.

The ideal candidate will have:

• Knowledge of federal and state transportation planning requirements.
• Knowledge of federal, state, and local transportation funding sources and programs.
• Ability to perform data analysis and research, synthesize and summarize analytic processes and findings, and make recommendations.
• Excellent attention to detail, organization, and problem-solving skills. Able to coordinate between multiple and diverse work tasks with limited supervision.
• Experience developing reports and graphics for presentations.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and with the general public and transportation professionals.


PSRC provides a compensation package that includes a salary and benefits that represent approximately 30% of an employee’s total compensation package. Benefitseligible employees at PSRC are provided a wide range of benefits including:

• Medical
• Dental
• Vision
• Life Insurance
• Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
• Short-Term Disability (STD)
• Long-Term Disability (LTD)
• Washington State Public Employees Retirement Systems (PERS)
• Employer-match 457 Deferred
• Personal Time Bank (PTB)/Vacation


• Holiday Pay
• Family Medical Leave
• Bereavement Leave
• Jury Duty Leave
• Military Leave
• Transportation Incentive Plan (TIP)
• Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
• Life Assistance Program (LAP)
• Long-Term Care (LTC)

Experience and Education:

• Bachelor’s degree in transportation planning, engineering, geography, public administration, or related field.
• Two years increasingly responsible experience in transportation planning, grants management, or related field.
• Or, any combination of education and experience that would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and abilities required to perform the job.

To Apply:

• To be considered, applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and completed, signed PSRC application.• The voluntary and confidential Equal Employment Opportunity, Applicant’s Invitation to Self-Identify – Veteran Status, and Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms are appreciated for applicant tracking purposes.
• For application materials, please visit:
• Completed materials can be emailed to faxed to 206-587-4825, or mailed to:

Puget Sound Regional Council, attn: HR
1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104-1035

About the Puget Sound Region:

Spectacular natural surroundings, world-class education systems, thriving urban centers, vibrant neighborhoods and a lively arts and culture scene are just some of what makes the Puget Sound region an exceptional place to live and work. Ringed by snow-capped mountain peaks and crisscrossed by waterways, the Puget Sound region is a commercial center and a major hub for Trans-Pacific and European trade. Some of the world’s most successful and innovative companies are based here, including Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, Boeing, Costco, Paccar, Weyerhaeuser, Nordstrom, and many more. Outdoor activities are especially plentiful given the region’s natural beauty and mild climate. Hiking in the Olympic or Cascade mountains, kayaking on Lake Union, or cycling on one of the many rails-totrails paths are just a few of the options available. Washington is viewed as a progressive and innovative state where people are outgoing and friendly.