Wisconsin Department of Transportation Multimodal Freight Planner

 Job Working Title: URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNER 20-00651
Urban & Regional Planner – Multimodal Freight
Type of Employment: Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Salary: This position is in pay schedule 07-04. Starting salary is between $41,600 and $56,160, depending on qualifications plus excellent benefits. Pay for internal candidates is determined per the compensation plan. A 12 month probationary period is required.
Contact: Pam Ghouse, HR Coordinator, 262-548-5909, Pamela.Ghouse@wi.gov
Bargaining Unit: Non-Represented
Area of Competition: Open
Deadline to Apply: 3/3/2020
Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm CST
Assessment Information: 24906 –  021  URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNER
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The WI Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is recruiting to fill a Urban & Regional Planner (Multimodal Freight) to focus on analysis and communications related to the movement of freight in and around Southeastern Wisconsin.  This position is stationed at our Southeast Region Headquarters at 141 NW Barstow Street in the heart of downtown Waukesha right along the Fox River Trail. Downtown Waukesha is home to many local shops, salons, and restaurants and is conveniently located along a bus route.

WisDOT is a great place to work! We offer amazing benefits such as a casual office atmosphere, flexible work schedules, ample vacation time, excellent health benefits, and an exceptional employee assistance program that offers a variety of programs and tools to help promote an employee’s wellness and health.

Click here to find out what current employees have to say about “Rewarding Work at WisDOT”.

Additionally, you may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program!

Position Summary:

In cooperation with the Division of Transportation Investment Management (DTIM), federal, tribal, state, regional and local agencies, the Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD) Planning and Programming Section develops and maintains an integrated comprehensive multimodal planning and programming process.  This position will focus on analysis and communications related to the movement of freight in and around Southeastern Wisconsin and will be responsible for:

  • Including freight planning and research in transportation projects.
  • Increase understanding and awareness of State and Regional freight data and studies by participating in internal and external user groups, analyzing data for use in maps, plans and programs and by working with DTIM to analyze region freight data.
  • Improve external coordination related to freight transportation.
  • Assist with monitoring and implementing economic development into the project development process.

Special Notes:

WisDOT does not sponsor work visas.  Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.


Prior to any appointments for position(s) filled from this announcement, candidates may be subject to a comprehensive criminal background check with may include FBI fingerprinting.


minimally qualified applicant will have:

  • Experience in data collection and analysis.  Activities may include creating written reports or summaries using directly sourced data inputs, writing an investigation, etc.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access or similar product, to document work activities or create work products.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Studies, Engineering, Architecture, Geography, or similar degree, or experience working in Urban and Regional planning or Urban Studies.


well-qualified candidate will have:

  •  Experience in freight planning which may include: commodity flow studies or bottle neck analysis or good movement analysis.
  • Experience using graphic design software such as Adobe In Design or Adobe Illustrator or similar software. Similar software may include Adobe Framemaker, Microsoft Office Publisher, QuarkXPress, Scribus, Serif PagePlus, imPRESSion, Inkscape, BoxySVG, Gravit, etc.
  • Experience collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders including internal and external parties.
  • Experience reading and interpreting plan sets.

How To Apply:

To apply, click “Log In” to access your existing account or to create a new account if you don’t have an account with Wisc.Jobs. Once you are logged in, click “Apply Now.” You will be asked to provide your personal information, attach a resume and insert your letter of qualifications. Applicants must submit both a resume and a letter of qualifications to be considered further.

Your letter of qualifications and resume are very important parts of your application at WisDOT and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. For instructions on developing your resume and letter of qualifications for your WisDOT application and what should be included in these materials, click here.

Submitted materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the hiring process for available vacancies. Questions can be directed to Pam Ghouse at Pamela.Ghouse@dot.wi.gov or at 262-548-5909.