Caltrans District 4 – Associate Transportation Planner / Transportation Planner

*UPDATED JOB DESCRIPTION (from version submitted Feb 13th)*


A motivated team player who wants to hone their planning skills in a collegial environment with creative ideas for solving complex transportation problems. Successful candidates will gain valuable experience analyzing local development projects from a multi-modal perspective, learn about recent trends in analyzing project-related impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), work with stakeholders from local and regional planning agencies as well as developers, consultants, and Caltrans team members from wide variety of disciplines including engineering, transportation and environmental planning, landscape architecture, right of way, water quality and more.

Who are we?

Local Development/Inter-governmental Review (LD-IGR) Transportation Planners play a key role in helping California achieve mandated reductions in Greenhouse Gas emissions by implementing legislation requiring reductions in vehicle miles traveled (VMT). We review local development projects from counties, cities and special districts throughout the Bay Area’s nine counties with a primary focus on reducing VMT. We help Caltrans achieve ourStrategic Management Plan targets of increasing non-auto mode transportation shares and advance California Transportation Plan goals of providing multimodal accessibility for all people while supporting a vibrant economy and improving public safety. Local Development/Inter-governmental Review planners promote transportation choices by applying the Caltrans Smart Mobility Framework in our review of CEQA and NEPA documents.

Successful candidates will provide input on environmental and technical documents for local development projects in coordination with a multi-disciplinary team of experts to advocate for mitigation such as traffic impact fees, Transportation Demand Management programs, and enhancing transit, bicycling and walking options.

Caltrans District 4 is in the heart of the dynamic Uptown neighborhood near the City of Oakland’s rapidly changing downtown. Our office reflects the tremendous diversity and rich cultural environment of the Bay Area. Catch the free shuttle across the street from our office to one of the many new pubs, restaurants, Farmer’s Market, Chinatown, and the historic Paramount theatre- an art deco masterpiece. The Art Murmur, Oakland’s art walk every First Friday of the month, is just a block away. The Oakland Museum of California, Lake Merritt and the Fox Theatre are just a few more of the many cultural destinations that make Oakland a unique and vibrant community drawing people from all walks of life. See the link below for more information on this exciting opportunity.

Online exam eligibility required to apply.