Transportation Planner
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe 10 reviews - Auburn, WA

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Under general supervision, performs advanced level professional planning primarily relating to the Tribe’s roadway, transit, bicycle & pedestrian transportation networks. Also performs a variety of routine and complex administrative, technical and professional work in current and long-range planning and other programs of the Tribe related to the implementation of land-use and related plans and policies.


  • Develops long- and short-range transportation plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates activities with other divisions and agencies as needed.
  • Provides technical and professional advice; makes presentations to Tribal officials, supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public; responds to inquires about local planning and zoning regulations and ordinances.
  • Applies for and manages transportation grants and consultant contracted services including day-to-day direction on activities and review of invoices and pay applications.
  • Maintains and updates Tribal data in the BIA Road Inventory Field Data System (RIFDS).
  • Reviews development and related land-use permit applications, site plans, variance applications, etc.; examines applications for compliance with established plans and ordinances, and applicable Tribal, local, state or Federal regulation; solicits input from appropriate staff, schedules hearings and actions, monitors through the approval process, enforces compliance with regulations; prepares reports and related data as required.
  • Provides information on land-use applications, ordinances, codes, plans and related planning programs, services or regulations to Tribal officials, architects, engineers, developers, contractors, community groups and interested persons.
  • Manages requests for traffic control devices, traffic calming and residential street issues
  • Provides professional and technical assistance for planning projects, as needed.
  • Prepares planning reports and supporting data, including recommendations on various land-use proposals.
  • Evaluates environmental information and recommends mitigation measures to reduce adverse impacts of development. Assists staff in the enforcement of local ordinances and in interpreting codes and plans.
  • Assists in designs for parks, streetscapes, landscapes and other Tribal projects.
  • Because of the Tribe’s commitment to community service and the well being of its members, each employee may be expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties from time to time. Such duties may or may not be related to their regular responsibilities.


    Required: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in land-use planning, transportation planning, urban planning, engineering or a closely related field, and four (4) years progressively responsible experience in transportation planning.

    Preferred: Master’s Degree and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification.

    BIA transportation planning experience is a plus.

    • Must be knowledgeable concerning transportation-related requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Indian Reservations Roads and Washington State regulations;
    • Planning principles and techniques and the socio‑economic implications of planning;
    • Statistical applications used in regional planning modeling;
    • Personal computers, applicable software including GIS applications;
    • Grant and contract management;
    • Ability to manage, schedule, assign, coordinate and monitor the work of consultants;
    • Effective negotiation techniques;
    • Operation of a personal computer and applicable software;
    • Thinking conceptually;
    • Observing and evaluating trends;
    • Communicating effectively orally and in writing with Tribal officials, supervisors, contractors, developers, employees, and community members, including preparation and delivery of public presentations, at times in controversial situations;
    • Conducting research, analyzing data and compiling comprehensive reports, with recommendations;
    • Establishing effective working relationships with a diverse groups and individuals.


    The working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this class. Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land-use developments and construction sites. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear; sit; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand or walk. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office, and moderate in the field.

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