Transportation Planner 2 - Air Quality (40 Hour)

State of Connecticut Department of Transportation

Newington, CT United States

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is now accepting applications for a Transportation Planner 2 - Air Quality position in Newington, CT, to assist in employing the state’s air quality model to forecast the impact of vehicle miles of travel and ridership on the state's air quality. If you are a team player who wishes to analyze and prepare support data for executive decision makers in developing the best programs and plans for the future of our state transportation system, this position may be for you.

Close Date:  12/5/2022 11:59:00 PM

ABOUT US

As one of Connecticut’s largest State agencies, DOT employs approximately 3,000 individuals statewide in five distinct bureaus. It is our mission to provide a safe, accessible, and efficient multimodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. We have a significant transportation infrastructure system that is essential to maintaining mobility for Connecticut residents and businesses and supporting economic and community development while preserving the State’s resources. The Department of Transportation is committed to cultivating a diverse staff that is representative of the communities we serve. Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged.

THE ROLE

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate for this opportunity to advance the forecasting capabilities and analytical utilities of the air quality model to support the DOT’s existing programs and plans, as well as new requirements of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The position is located at the Department of Transportation Headquarters in Newington. This position reports directly to a Supervising Transportation Planner or other employee of higher grade.

 The Travel Demand and Air Quality Modeling Unit is responsible for: implementing the DOT’s Statewide Travel Demand Model; utilizing a suite of Cube software programs to estimate future travel; utilizing US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) MOVES software to simulate and forecast pollutant emissions, and for preparing, forecasting, and maintaining demographic and socioeconomic data for use within the models. There is an extensive amount of preparation, maintenance, and manipulation of data files needed to produce travel estimates and air quality impacts, such as vehicle miles of travel, rail and transit ridership, rail station boarding, and pollutant emissions. This unit also conducts scenario planning for analysis of proposed Department projects. This position will be responsible for performing and overseeing project and regional level transportation conformity analysis affected by transportation improvement projects, as well as aiding with the National Environmental Policy Act and Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (NEPA and CEPA) processes in regard to travel demand and air quality conformity. This position will be responsible for preparing and analyzing air quality emission reduction benefits for regional projects submitted for the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program. This position is responsible for performing additional Air Quality assessments for new pollutants, such as Greenhouse Gases, that are required for emission analysis and federal EPA transportation conformity regulations.

The candidate selected for this position will require knowledge and experience in guiding projects through the procedures necessary to comply with the Clean Air Act (CAA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) as they apply to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funded projects. The selected candidate will also be responsible for ensuring clear and effective communication and working relationships both internally with planning and design teams as well as with other regional, state, and federal agencies.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

The duties of this position include:

  • Performing complex tasks and assignments related to coordinating and reviewing transportation planning programs
  • Conducting detailed analysis of air quality emission reductions utilizing EPA required MOVES software
  • Participating in the development of motor vehicle emission budgets for various nonattainment areas within the State of Connecticut for criteria pollutants
  • Reviewing project plans and designs to determine air quality conformity determination status
  • Participating in preparation and negotiation of agreements and contracts
  • Preparing person hour estimates
  • Participating in corridor studies
  • Preparing and reviewing reports, studies, and surveys for compliance with department standards and needs and state and federal laws and regulations
  • Coordinating activities with regional, state, and federal agencies, and managing consultants.
  • Conducting data analysis using mathematical, statistical, and other quantitative methods
  • Analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data
  • Reviewing data analysis prepared by others
  • Performing related duties as required

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Seven (7) years of professional experience in transportation civil engineering or transportation, urban, regional or environmental planning.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must include individual responsibility for the coordination of complex planning projects in a relevant planning area.
Note: For State Employees this is interpreted at the level of Transportation Planner 1 or Transportation Engineer 2.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

  1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  2. A Master's degree in civil engineering, transportation, urban, regional or environmental planning may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Possession of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Geography, Environmental Planning, Transportation/Regional/Urban Planning/Studies, or closely related degree
  • Experience with relevant state and federal laws, statutes, and regulations, particularly in regard to the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, or the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act
  • Experience with the Transportation Conformity process and needs
  • Experience utilizing air quality related software such as MOVES, Cal3qhc, and Cal3i

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

CONCLUSION

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

 

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
--
Specialty
Transportation Planning
Salary Range
$83,326 - $119,928/year

Contact Information

Frank DeCusati
Address
450 Columbus Boulevard Suite 1502
Hartford, CT
06103
United States
Resource URL
https://www.jobapscloud.com/CT/sup/BulPreview.asp?R1=221109&R2=8876FE&R3=001
Phone
8607135176