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Transit Environmental Planner II #2301-232800-01

Transportation Planner II

Date Opened
Monday, May 22, 2023 5:00 PM
Close Date
Friday, June 02, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $69,404 - $86,755/year
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

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This role is responsible for assisting with the environmental planning, coordination, design and management of transit projects to include but not be limited to the LYNX Silver Line Light Rail Project, the LYNX Gold Line Phase 3 as well as the Charlotte Transportation Center Redevelopment Project.  This work involves the performance and/or oversight of professional technical planning work related to the planning, design and development of a federally funded transit projects.  Work will include primary responsibility for environmental coordination but will also include one or more of the following areas: environmental planning, agency coordination, community involvement, and operations planning/ridership analysis.  The applicant should be experienced with the federal environmental processes and requirements and should have excellent public communication skills. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in preparation of Environmental Impact Statement(s) and other planning studies.
  • Assists in the completion of the federal project development process for a major transit construction project.
  • Reviews consultant work products, including environmental technical analysis and reports.
  • Coordinates with other departments/divisions and agencies for technical reviews, tracks review status and resolves comments.
  • Participates in and occasionally leads meetings with various groups including other City departments, consultants, and local, state, and federal governmental agencies.
  • Coordinates between the various components of the transit programming including construction, the Rail-Trail and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) studies.
  • Assists with the planning and scheduling of public involvement activities.
  • Participates in and occasionally leads meetings with the public, stakeholders, businesses and property owners affected by the proposed project.
  • Prepares materials for presentations to citizen groups, technical groups, and others as required.
  • Plans and supports deadlines to assure timely completion of projects.
  • Participates in the collection of data necessary to provide technical analysis and forecasting of transit service utilization.
  • Prepares technical reports, correspondence, and progress reports, as directed.
  • Supervises and assists in the preparation of visual aids and maps.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • As part of your responsibility to support the CATS Safety Culture, report safety concerns and issues through the various methods established by CATS and the Agency Safety Plan.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of transportation/transit planning principles and practices
  • Knowledge and understanding of transit/land use relationships
  • Knowledge of federal and state requirements for the completion of the environmental review process
  • Ability to work on various projects simultaneously under strict timelines
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent public presentation skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of transit/land use relationships.
  • Computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to carry at least 20 lbs.
  • Walking
  • Sitting
  • Bending
  • Twisting
  • Reaching
  • Kneeling

Sensory Requirements:

  • Speech
  • Touch
  • Hearing
  • Vision (near, distance and peripheral)



Preferred Qualification

Transit experience and exposure to land use and environmental planning, community involvement, with project management experience is preferred.  Experience using GIS (Arcview/ArcInfo) software is a plus.


Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in planning, urban studies, engineering or a related field and two to five years of experience in public transit/transportation planning.

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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