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1. Transportation Planner

The Sarasota/Manatee MPO is looking to hire a Transportation Planner!

Salary Range: $55,000 -$75,000

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking a qualified individual to develop, implement, and monitor transportation projects in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The selected candidate will join the MPO planning team to coordinate auto, freight, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, and trail system planning. This individual will work closely with local governments, transportation providers, public and private advocacy groups, neighborhoods, and local constituents. The MPO is the legally designated organization responsible for developing state and federal transportation plans and programs that address the complex needs of the two-county area as well as the local needs of the partner jurisdictions.

Essential Functions:

These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work to be performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.

Serves as liaison to local jurisdictions by providing data analysis; project review, analysis, support, and monitoring; and board and staff support.

Assists with development of Project Priorities, Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Public Participation Plan, Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), and other transportation planning products.

Assists in the development of project scopes and verifies contract compliance, invoicing, and deliverables.

Manages planning studies with less supervision and reports progress directly to supervisor.

Participates in collection, maintenance, and analysis of transportation system performance data to develop and report on performance measures and targets and work with planning team to report system performance.

Identifies community problems, issues, and opportunities in particular neighborhoods that could be mitigated through better community planning that supports and improves the overall performance measures and targets.

Attends meetings of MPO board, advisory committees, and transit agencies. Prepare agendas, reports, and supporting material; give presentations as assigned; and respond to direction of board and committees.

Works with planning team and local transit partners to support transit objectives and to prepare transit reports and grant documents.

Supports public involvement in transportation planning activities by responding to citizen inquiries, attending community meetings, and making presentations to outside agencies, community groups, and the general public as requested.

Applies multi modal methods to transportation planning activities, perform transportation research, and prepare, produce, and present reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in urban/regional planning, transportation planning or a closely related field; such as Public Administration and Economic Development with (2) years progressively responsible local, state, or federal planning experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in one of the specified fields with professional experience of at least one (1) year. Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license. Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

AICP Certification

GIS Mapping Proficiency

For consideration, the MPO requires a completed application, cover letter, and resume.

All documents are to be emailed to Rachel McClain at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have any questions please contact Rachel at 941-259-6045. Please provide complete and accurate information on previous job tasks, levels of responsibility, and references. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon job-related factors, verification of former employment, satisfactory references, and a background investigation. Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license and have reliable transportation. The MPO will not typically support H1-B or any other work visa petitions at this time.

The MPO will identify the best-qualified person for the position while following the organization’s nondiscrimination policy. The MPO will not deny the benefits of, exclude from participation in, or subject to discrimination anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or family status.

To download the application, click here.