The Montgomery County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCCPC) is seeking a Transportation Planning Technician to join our team. M-NCPPC has enjoyed a national reputation for excellence in planning and serves a culturally diverse population of nearly two-million people on the border of Washington, DC. As Maryland's most populous county, Montgomery County continues to attract an increasingly diverse and technologically savvy population. We at Montgomery Planning focus our skills and talents to bring high-quality design in both form and function to all areas, from central business districts to rural villages and have pioneered programs in agricultural preservation, inclusionary housing, and transit-oriented design. To learn more about us, visit www.montgomeryplanning.org.
The selected candidate performs transportation modeling technical support activities, including: (1) data collection and analysis and (2) managing, updating and maintaining the highway and transit network geodatabase used to support the application of the Department's regional travel demand forecasting model. This is a technical position requiring strong quantitative, GIS applications, geodatabase management and specific computer programing skills. Familiarity with basic transportation planning techniques, transit operations, and travel demand forecasting models is desired.
EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT DUTIES:
Manages, updates and maintains the highway and transit geodatabases using ArcGIS tools to support the application of the Department's regional travel demand forecasting model;
Compiles information obtained from the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization, state Department of Transportation, transit agencies, consultants, and local governments needed to develop long-range transportation networks;
Prepares analyses of key data sets, such as the land use/demographic data, household travel survey and on-board transit surveys and;
Develops applications and prepares maps using GIS software for planning projects.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Sound knowledge of principles and practices of transportation engineering or planning, or related field; strong computer programming skills; basic techniques of statistics, quantitative methods and techniques as applied to transportation planning; sound knowledge of research methods; ability to express ideas clearly and concisely orally and in writing and to establish and maintain effective working relations with other employees, officials and the public; good judgment; ability to learn new techniques and software packages.
Bachelor's degree in transportation engineering/planning, computer science or related field. Strong quantitative skills as demonstrated by an engineering degree or graduate-level courses in Geographic Information Science (GIS) and geodatabase management, mathematics, operations research, quantitative analysis, statistics, computer modeling, etc. One year of directly applicable work experience plus additional course work in transportation planning or engineering may satisfy these requirements.
Strong skills using ArcGIS, MS Access, MS Visual Studio, relational database management systems, and scripting languages (e.g., Python and Visual Basic) are required. Strong working knowledge of statistical analysis packages; electronic spreadsheets; word processing; computer graphics and programming languages/frameworks (e.g. the .NET, C++ and C#) is ideal. Basic knowledge of Citilab's Cube Voyager transportation modeling software is desirable.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical memoranda and Department procedures and user manuals; write memoranda documenting work efforts; effectively present information and respond to questions in a work group setting; follow instructions and work program requirements and; and work effectively in a team environment and clearly communicate with supervisor and co-workers.
Ability to apply mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Graduation from high school or GED; and
Four years of directly related work experience (an associate of arts degree in a relevant discipline can be substituted for two years of work experience); or
An equivalent combination of education and experience.
Great news! We are moving to a LEED Platinum-rated building in the Summer of 2020. Check it out at www.montgomeryplanningboard.org/wheatonhq. Montgomery Planning is an element of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), an award winning, bi-county organization, and offers excellent benefits and competitive salaries. Transit subsidies are available. Generally, work is performed in an office environment but may occasionally require activity outside of the typical office setting.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
Internal Number: #14909
About Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
About Us The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a bi-county agency empowered by the State of Maryland in 1927 to acquire, develop, maintain and administer a regional system of parks within Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, and to provide land use planning for the physical development of Prince George's and Montgomery counties. In addition, the agency gained responsibility for the public recreation program in Prince George's County in 1970.The governing body of M-NCPPC consists of 10 members, 5 appointed by Montgomery County and 5 by Prince George's County. The Commission coordinates and acts on matters of interest to both counties, and meets at least once a month. The members of the Commission from each county serve as separate Planning Boards to facilitate, review and administer the matters affecting their respective counties.Range of DutiesM-NCPPC administers a park system of more than 52,000 acres. It is composed of stream valley parks, large regional parks, neighborhood parks and park-school recreation areas. Its staff of career employees includes planners, park and recreation administrators, park police and administration staff. In addition, seasonal workers staff numerous park and recreation programs.