2013 National Park Transportation Scholars Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 National Park Transportation Scholars Program

Click here to apply

The National Park Transportation Scholars Program gives transportation specialists a unique opportunity for career development and public service. The Scholars Program places transportation professionals, as well as master’s and doctoral candidates in the fields of transportation, engineering, and planning, in National Parks across the country to assist Park Service staff in developing transportation solutions that preserve valuable resources and enhance the visitor experience.

Assignments begin in late June and last 12 months. Each scholar will receive a stipend of $50,000 for the 12-month assignment. Park projects involve transportation planning and analysis, coordination with local communities, environmental and traffic studies, and other transportation-related tasks.

Who Should Apply

U.S. Citizens with substantial knowledge and expertise in transportation planning or a related area are eligible to apply to become a National Park Transportation Scholar. The program is open to graduate students and transportation professionals who are 1-3 years post graduation.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit packets consisting of:

•  The Application Cover Sheet. Click here to download

•  Resume

•  Statement of interest (no more than 1000 words).

•  Letter of recommendation from a current or past supervisor or an academic advisor who can attest to your knowledge and skills. 

2013 Scholar Assignments

(Detailed descriptions provided at http://www.enotrans.org)

Park Duration
Bandelier National Monument 12 months
Cuyahoga Valley National Park 12 months
Lowell National Historical Park 12 months
National Mall & Memorial Parks 12 months

Completed application packets must be received by 5:00 pm EST on February 18, 2012

Send application packets to:

Eno Center for Transportation

Attn: Erin Shumate

1250 I Street, NW, Suite 750Washington, DC 20005

Applications may also be emailed to (eshumate@enotrans.org).

Questions?

Contact Erin Shumate of the Eno Staff at 202-879-4703.

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Transit Manager Bonanza Event – YPT SF Bay 2013 Kickoff Event

Happy 2013, YPT! Before we all get to party at TRB, the SF Bay Chapter is super excited to present our first major event of the year. We have a full deck of esteemed guests from some of the largest transit providers in the region who will share thoughts, funny stories, and whatever else we can get them to spill this coming Wednesday at Infusion Lounge, 124 Ellis Street at Powell Muni/BART, 6:00pm-9:00pm. These transportation celebrities are:

  • Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director
  • Michael Scanlon, General Manager and CEO of San Mateo Country Transit District
  • Grace Crunican, General Manager of BART, and 
  • Michael Gougherty, Planner/Analyst at Water Emergency Transportation Authority

Our guests are excited to discuss your questions. Feel free to submit your questions for our featured guests on our facebook page or tweet to us!

Here are some of my questions, just to get you started:

  • What does it mean to manage siloed agencies when Bay Area travel patterns are regional? What are 3 easy things we could do to improve regional transit connectivity?
  • What’s your favorite transportation project underway that’s not in your jurisdiction?
  • How trans-curious were you before you got your job? Please answer on a Kinsey scale.
  • Don’t you think it would be awesome if we had a funicular from Twin Peaks to the Bay View? Why don’t we have one of those? I would totally ride it.

Space is limited and as spots get filled, current YPT members will get priority. RSVP at our EventBrite: http://yptsfbayanniversary.eventbrite.com/

DC Job Alert! Transportation Planner & Senior Transportation Planner at Foursquare ITP

Foursquare Horiz 2 Logo Type rgbFoursquare Integrated Transportation Planning is  looking for a qualified Transportation Planner and a Senior Transportation Planner / Project Manager to join its dynamic and growing practice. Foursquare ITP is a transportation planning and policy analysis firm with a focus on regional transportation planning and coordination, public transit planning, strategic planning, and transportation demand management. The company is based in Rockville, Maryland, outside Washington DC, and works with a diverse range of clients concentrated primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region.

For learn more about the two positions and how to apply, please visit http://foursquareitp.com/WP1/careers/

For more information about Foursquare ITP, visit www.foursquareitp.com

YPT SF Bay GrubWithUs Recap

Hey YPTers! Long time no chat. Actually this is my first official post as YPT SF’s unofficial blogger for 2013. I’m stoked to report on the news of the day, the news of the Bay, and all things young, trans-curious and interesting that gets sent my way.

Since the YPT SF Board election last fall, the new Board has been hard at work coming up with a full slate of events that will keep calendars booked from here until 2014. The first event was a sold-out dinner at Poc Chuc in the Mission on December 19. SF Board Chair, and transportation superstar Paul Supawanich, reports that the group of diverse professionals from government, start-ups, non-profits and engineering conversed on topics ranging from “shared interest in transportation, the culinary scene in SF, whether the world would end with the end of the Mayan calendar (it didn’t), and whether the new Megabus service from Potrero can beat air, rail, or driving to LA.”

This dinner was coordinated through the web platform GrubWithUs, and supports one of YPT’s goals for 2013: to expand programming and also find new ways to hold smaller group events to really enable members to connect on more of a one-to-one basis. YPT SF looks forward to hosting more dinners this year using GrubWithUs, which takes all of the hassles out of hosting, figuring out a menu and splitting the bill. Since you’re reading this, please consider signing up for the next YPT GrubWIthUs!

The YPT dinner was preceded by a visit to San Francisco’s Harvey Milk Photography Center, which is hosting two transportation related exhibits through Jan 5, 2013: “In Transit”, photo accounts and stories from San Francisco’s 100 year old Muni system, and “The F-line Inside Out,”, which showcased photos over the years of San Francisco’s historic streetcars. Paul reports that it was “transit-nerdy to the max, but a great prelude to an evening discussion about transportation!”

Of course, YPT SF is hosting its 2013 kick-off event next week, so we hope to see you there! Until then, keep it transcurious!