Explore the Opportunity
Our Pacific Northwest team seeks an Entry-Level Transportation Planner or Engineer to serve in our Seattle office and become part of the Fehr & Peers culture of innovation. An interest in travel demand forecasting and traffic operations analysis is encouraged in this role. We work with a variety of clients, including state DOTs, public transit agencies, counties, cities, and teaming partners. Our planners and engineers collaborate on project work with a great mix of seasoned professionals and junior-level staff that thrive in a positive working environment. We are committed to investing in our staff through training and professional development. Fehr & Peers project managers are supported by senior staff and have opportunities to explore career tracks and skill development options while pursuing projects fitting their interests. Our team members enjoy all the benefits of the Pacific Northwest lifestyle while working on many notable projects, including the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Seattle Center Arena (Key Arena) renovation, West Seattle and Ballard Link Light Rail Extensions, and numerous multimodal corridor, subarea, citywide, and regional studies throughout the Puget Sound. In addition to partnering with some of the most interesting clients on our project work, we also enjoy team activities, such as volunteering, happy hours, boating, sports games, and parties.
Learn About Our Entry-Level Engineer/Planner Roles
At Fehr & Peers, we are a diverse group of individuals with one thing in common—a passion for transportation. We highly value that same passion in candidates for our team. Our Entry-Level Engineers and Planners may expect to build a career foundation through a wide variety of experiences. Our emphasis on the early development of project management and technical skills provides the tools for success as well as a foundation for increasing career growth. These opportunities for personal and professional growth are maximized through experience in both planning and engineering project work and by exposure to a multitude of project types and tasks, including the following:
- Transportation impact studies
- Bicycle and pedestrian planning
- Access, circulation, and parking studies
- Multimodal operations assessments
- Complete streets planning, operations, and design
- Cost estimates and project specifications
- Transit forecasting and operations
- Travel behavior forecasting
- Vehicle miles of travel (VMT) assessments
- Systemic safety studies
- Highway interchange/corridor studies
- Climate action plans
- Freight planning
- Transportation demand management (TDM) plans
- Design drawings from the conceptual stage all the way to construction-ready documents, including the following:
- Bikeways/complete streets
- Signing and striping
- Traffic signals/ITS
- Street lighting
- Temporary traffic control
- Conduct transportation analysis and write reports
- Participate in meetings, including preparing presentations and public outreach materials
- Handle project management responsibilities
- Participate in professional organizations
- Conduct site visits and collect field data
- Explore the Fehr & Peers internal Research and Development program
By the end of the first month:
- Participate in on-the-job training and mentoring
- Work on a few different projects
- Start seeking additional work from project managers
By the end of six months:
- Work on a variety of projects with most staff in the office
- Use several technical software programs
- Prepare deliverables, including memos, reports, and presentations
By the end of the first year:
- Attend multiple client meetings
- Increase responsibility for managing small projects
We look for the following qualifications and encourage all applicants to apply, regardless of the ability to meet all the qualifications below. A demonstration of the ability and willingness to learn the below requirements will also be considered.
- An entrepreneurial spirit and proactive approach to communication and getting work done
- Genuine curiosity for the work and familiarity with the challenges of day-to-day travel within your community
- A completed or in-process bachelor’s or master’s degree in transportation, civil or electrical engineering, urban and regional planning, or a related major (e.g., geography, math, statistics, economics)
- Coursework in transportation, engineering, urban and regional planning, geography, math, statistics, economics, or other related courses (an EIT for engineering candidates is preferred)
- Experience or exposure related to the following topic areas and the corresponding relevant software (note that experience in all these areas and with all software is not required)
- Topic Areas: Field work, traffic operations analysis, signal design, transportation planning (e.g., bicycle or transit plans, infrastructure finance, transportation and land use policy, and/or travel demand modeling)
- General–Microsoft Excel, GIS (ArcGIS, QGIS), CAD (AutoCAD, Microstation)
- Traffic Operations Analysis–HCS, Synchro/SimTraffic, Vistro, VISSIM, Sidra
- Travel Demand Modeling–Cube/Voyager, TransCAD, VISUM, Emme
- Programming–Python, R
- Previous work experience in an office setting related to an area listed above
- Experience with technical writing and public speaking through school and/or work experience
- Interpersonal skills, a desire to collaborate, and a creative approach to problem-solving
- Organizational skills and the ability to balance priorities between multiple tasks within a defined timeline
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The pay range for this position across all our locations is $62,500 – $84,000 annually. Placement within this range will be determined based upon geographic location, education, experience, and qualifications.
The following comprehensive benefit package is available to regular employees working 20 or more hours per week.
Medical: Employees can choose between several highly subsidized plan options, including a High Deductible Plan with company funded Health Savings Account, PPO and EPO/HMO plans. Specific coverage varies by plan.
Dental/Vision: Dental and Vision plans provide both in-network and out-of-network coverage at employee cost of only $1 per pay period for single coverage.
Life Insurance: Fehr & Peers pays 100% of the premium for life and AD&D insurance, for coverage of $50,000. Employees have the option to increase coverage through a voluntary plan.
Disability Insurance: Short and long-term disability coverage of 60% of salary is fully paid by Fehr & Peers.
401(k): Fehr & Peers supports each employee’s retirement planning. The company provides a direct contribution to every employee’s retirement account, regardless of whether the employee makes their own personal contributions, and for those employees who choose to contribute personally we also provide an employer match. The magnitude of these employer contributions is based on the performance of the company. In 2022, employees who made personal contributions to their retirement account received an additional 25% in matching contributions from the company.
Mentoring/Career Development: Our robust career development program includes in-person training, customized coaching and mentoring programs, webinars and technical sessions on current topics in the field, and more.
Research & Development: We encourage staff to participant in one of our many internally-funded research and development groups, propelling innovation, creativity and enhancing the state-of-the-practice.
Additional benefits include: Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts, Commuter and Biking Benefits fully subsidized up to the IRS limit, Voluntary Benefit Plans, Annual wellness reimbursement, Professional Licenses and Membership dues reimbursement, Employee Assistance and Travel Assistance programs.
Paid Time Off:
PTO: 13 days accrued annually to start, increasing to 18 days after 3 years of employment.
Holidays: 9 company paid holidays.
Sick Leave: Paid sick leave accrues at a rate of 40 hours annually for full-time employees, part-time employees accrue sick leave on a pro-rata basis.
Paid Parental Leave: Up to 8 weeks of paid parental leave provides employees with partial wage replacement.