JWA is hiring!


JWA is excited to announce our next round of hiring, beginning today! JWA is seeking a transit planner/analyst to work in either our Portland, Oregon office or our Arlington, Virginia office (Crystal City).   The position offers the potential to grow a career as a consultant in transit planning.  As a small firm, we can promote staff in response to skill and achievement, without waiting for a more senior position to become vacant.  Everyone pitches in at many different levels, and there are many opportunities to learn on the job.

Duties include a wide range of data analysis and mapping tasks associated with public transit planning.


Transit planner/analyst

Salary range:

$25-$33 ($36 in Washington, D.C) hourly equivalent

Applications due by:
11:00pm PST, August 6, 2019.

How to apply:

Please submit applications via email to [email protected]

Jarrett Walker + Associates is a consulting firm that helps communities think about public transit planning issues, especially the design and redesign of bus networks. You can learn about us at our website (jarrettwalker.com) and at Jarrett’s blog (HumanTransit.org).

What does a typical day look like?

At JWA, analysts work on many different aspects of transit planning projects, using different tools and skillsets. For example, early on in a project, you could be asked to draw a map showing the frequency of each route in a transit network using. On another day, you might be asked to lay out a report in Adobe InDesign, or create a set of charts in Excel or using R’s ggplot plotting package. You might even have the chance to make site visits with other members of the team to help facilitate a design meeting, or staff a public or stakeholder meeting. We also work together using R and other data analysis programming languages to conduct detailed analyses of existing transit service performance and compare different planning options.

Because our team is small and our projects are highly varied, we seek to hire and provide training to ensure the widest range of ability possible among our staff.

Required Skills and Experience

For this position, the following are requirements.

  • Two or more years professional experience using the skills listed in this section, or formal training in these skills (such as at a college or university). Directly-applicable coursework is valuable but not essential.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. In particular, an ability to explain analytic ideas clearly.
  • Understanding and experience with analysis and visualization of quantitative or spatial information, including working with GIS.
  • Ability to quickly learn new software tools. We frequently use Adobe Illustrator to produce maps of transit networks and other visualizations, so please tell us about the extent of your experience with this or other Adobe software.
  • Experience in cartography, evidenced in at least one mapping sample that is clear, accurate, and visually appealing.
  • Availability to start work by September 3, at least 32 hours per week.
  • Willingness to travel occasionally (3-6 times per year) for projects.
  • Legal ability to work in the US

Compensation, Benefits and Place of Work

Compensation will start in the range of $25-33/hour ($36 in Washington, D.C.) Large raises in the first year are common. Our benefits program includes medical, dental, and disability insurance; a 401(k) program; subsidized and pre-tax transit benefits; paid sick leave; and paid time off.

This position will require working out of either our Portland, Oregon (Inner Southeast) or Arlington, Virginia (Crystal City). JWA allows employees to set work schedules that include working from home or other locations for some of their work time, but employees will be expected to work in their primary office for most of their work hours. This position will likely require occasional travel, to work with clients directly, a few times per year, and, potentially, travel for training or conference, once or twice a year.

Growth and Development

The position offers the potential to grow a career as a consultant in transit planning. As a small firm, we can promote staff in response to skill and achievement.  Everyone pitches in at many different levels, and there are many opportunities to learn more advanced skills on the job.

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following materials to [email protected] .

  • 1-page cover letter explaining your interest in the position.
  • 1- or 2-page resume describing your relevant experience and skills.
  • Links or electronic files for up to three (3) samples of your work. If possible, please include a map, a piece of writing, and a demonstration of a spatial analysis. (A single sample may satisfy more than one of these requests.)
  • Contact information for 1 to 3 references who can attest to your experience with the skills listed above.
  • Please do not include any information about your prior compensation.

We will be redacting from your materials any explicit information about your name, gender, or sex.

Diversity and inclusion

JWA follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

This policy also applies to management of staff with regards to internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, and terminations. It also applies to our interactions with outside vendors, subcontractors and the general public.


The deadline for applying is 11:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time on Tuesday, August 6th. Submitting earlier is advantageous as we will review applications as we receive them.

We will ask a select group of applicants to perform a simple analysis and mapmaking test on their own, and then to join us for an interview. The test will likely be assigned on August 7 and due on August 11. We wish to hold interviews (in person or by phone/web) the week of August 12-16.

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