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Job Ref:  31142
Employer:  WSP Group
Country:  United States
City:  Houston
21/10/2016 05:10
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services consulting firms, provides services designed to transform the built environment and restore the natural one. The firm's expertise ranges from environmental remediation and urban planning, to engineering iconic buildings and designing sustainable transport networks, to developing the energy sources of the future and enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. Approximately 34,000 employees, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, program and construction management professionals, as well as various environmental experts, work for this dynamic organization in more than 500 offices across 40 countries worldwide. NA

JOB SUMMARY: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has an immediate opening in the Houston, Texas office for a full-time transportation planner. Under limited supervision, the successful candidate will perform a variety of assignments requiring the application of standard planning techniques for data analysis, GIS mapping and analysis, graphics preparation, policy development, transit planning and operations, traffic analysis, and corridor planning. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, programming, researching, analyzing and other associated activities in support of small projects or segments of larger projects. The position requires contact with governmental agencies, contractors, the public, and other WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff personnel. The successful candidate must have experience in GIS, strong writing skills, good analytical skills and proven experience with travel demand modeling.

MAJOR DUTIES: Under limited supervision, responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
      • Conduct preliminary project-level needs assessments
      • Collect, analyze and interpret data
      • Stay abreast of policies, procedures and legislation
      • Develop statistical or baseline description performance measures of small projects or segments of larger projects
      • Provide technical direction of the development and execution of planning research
      • Research economic, demographic, fiscal, legal and/or technical variables for specific projects
      • Act as a lead worker for small scale projects or quality management teams.
      • As part of project team, develop planning studies to include feasibility studies, master plans, and assessments
      • Develop databases
      • Other responsibilities and duties as assigned

Job Requirements
Master's degree in urban planning or transportation planning and a minimum of five years progressively responsible experience in planning or research-related activities (or equivalent working knowledge/experience).
      • Proven experience in ArcGIS
      • Proven experience in travel demand modeling
      • Proven excellent written and verbal communication skills
      • Knowledge of planning and urban design principles and practices
      • Knowledge of principles and practices of research and data collection
      • Organizational and problem-solving skills
      • Detail-oriented with careful attention to accuracy and deadlines
      • Ability to work proactively and independently
      • Strong communication and people skills
      • Ability to work collaboratively on a team
      • Graphic design skills, with proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) and Sketch-up a plus
      • Experience in AutoCAD or MicroStation a plus

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