DC Job Alert: FRA is Hiring Planners

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is looking to hire up to three people for a mix of environmental and transportation planning and policy roles. All three positions would be based at US Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, DC. Applications are due on March 30th.

Position Specifics:

This position may be located in either of two divisions in the FRA’s Office of Railroad Policy and Development: (1) Office of Policy and Planning, National Rail Planning Division or (2) Office of Program Delivery, Environmental and Corridor Planning Division.

This is a developmental position progressing to the full performance level at the GS-13. Assignments at the lower grades have more supervision and available guidance; work is less complex and limited in scope. Work assignments are designed to introduce the incumbent to the full range of duties and responsibilities required at the full performance level. As experience and knowledge in the position are gained and competency is demonstrated, the chosen candidate will be relied upon to make more independent judgments and decisions related to assigned projects. The chosen candidate may be non-competitively promoted to the next grade level, when time-in-grade and all other regulatory requirements are met.

Key Requirements:

The ideal candidate for this position has experience in applying transportation planning principles and practices to national transportation programs and has knowledge and experience with rail transportation and related laws and regulations.

This position is eligible for ad hoc telework (on a supervisor approved intermittent basis) in accordance with FRA’s Telework Policy (FRA Order 3600.3b) and implementation plans.


  • Support the implementation of programs of the Office of Railroad Policy and Development by providing technical assistance and expert advice to federal colleagues, states, local governments, and the railroad industry for: passenger railroad strategic planning; corridor, statewide, multi-state, regional or national rail planning; and transportation planning and project development associated with intercity passenger and freight rail in the United States.
  • Advise and lead the development of rail transportation planning policies, methodologies, technical standards, tools, and guidance that may include a focus on: railroad system design, railroad operations simulation, travel demand forecasting, ridership and revenue forecasting, passenger rail service planning, equipment fleet planning, operating and capital cost analysis, station planning, rail corridor planning, rail network planning, railroad industry governance and organization, and economic benefit -cost analysis.
  • As an expert on a multi-disciplinary team, conduct comprehensive technical reviews of proposed intercity passenger rail proposals and develop a recommended position for FRA including understanding and applying planning requirements for proposed rail projects and programs.
  • Perform comprehensive technical reviews, evaluations and approvals of on-going and/or completed federal rail investment projects and programs. Monitor and evaluate progress on projects and identifies opportunities or changes in priorities for consideration by FRA Leadership. Assist in the interpretation of policy, monitoring progress, identifying and justifying projects for process and program improvement.

Required Qualifications:

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

Mandatory Education Requirements:

You must have completed a full 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in community planning or a related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance, from an accredited college or university

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by March 30, 2015.

How to Apply:

You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on March 30, 2015.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.

Full details and links to apply are available at USA Jobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/397514400

Agency Information:

Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: transjobs@dot.gov
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1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR – 50
Washington, DC 20590
Fax: 571-258-4052



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