JOB! Our firm is hiring at entry level, but act fast!

We need to add two entry level staff to our team, on a fast timeline leading to an April 1 start.  Please share this widely with anyone you know who might be interested!

Jarrett Walker and Associates is a consulting firm that helps communities think about public transit planning issues, especially the design and redesign of bus networks. The firm was initially built around Jarrett Walker’s book Human Transit and his 25 years of experience in the field. Today, our professional staff of eight leads planning projects across North America, with a rapidly growing overseas practice including Europe, Russia, and Australia / New Zealand.

You can learn about us at our website and at jarrett’s blog For a sense of our basic approach to network design, see the introduction to Jarrett’s book Human Transit, which is on the blog and easily googled.

We are seeking 1-2 entry-level transit analysts based in Portland, Oregon. The position offers the potential to grow a career 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 studies.

For this position, the following are requirements. Please respond only if you offer all of the following:

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree, or alternatively a minimum of two years professional experience in the skills listed below. (A directly relevant major is preferred but not essential.)
  • Fluency in spoken English and at least strong proficiency at writing.
  • Interest in public transit planning.
  • Experience in Excel analysis, including charts, evidenced in sample work.
  • Experience in spatial data analysis (GIS), evidenced in sample work.
  • Experience in mapping, evidenced in mapping samples that are clear, accurate, and visually appealing.
  • Ability to innovate and solve problems that arise in an analysis process.
  • Ability to explain analytic ideas clearly in writing.
  • References attesting to accuracy and efficiency in these critical tasks.
  • Availability to start fulltime work in Portland, Oregon no later than April 1, 2017.
  • Legal ability to work in the US.

The following are desirable but not essential. If you have any of the following, please emphasize them in your application.

  • Graduate degree in urban planning, transportation, or a related field.
  • Experience with analysis of public transit issues.
  • Proven ability to design clear and easy-to-understand infographics, charts, reports, or other static and/or interactive information visualizations.
  • The ability to describe issues from multiple points of view, including the perspectives of different professions.
  • Experience and comfort in public speaking.
  • Experience using a data analysis programming language (R, Python, etc)
  • Ability to develop interactive information displays and tools.
  • Experience in advanced database analysis. (Postgres/PostGIS, MySQL, etc)
  • Experience with our main analytic and design software: qGIS, Remix, Tableau, InDesign, Illustrator.
  • Expertise with transit-focused routing software, such as OpenTripPlanner.
  • Foreign language ability. Spanish and Russian are especially useful to us but all language skills are valued.
  • Experience working with minority and disadvantaged communities.
  • Experience describing issues from multiple points of view, including the perspectives of different types of people, and different professions.
  • Experience and comfort in public speaking.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation will probably start in the range of $21-26/hour depending on experience, but raises of over 15% in the first year are routine for excellent work. Our benefits program includes empoyer-paid health, dental, and disability insurance, a free transit pass, paid sick leave (40 hrs/year), and paid time off (80 hrs/year).

How to Respond

To respond to this announcement, please send the following to . The absolute deadline is February 21, 2017, at 5 PM Pacific Standard Time, but submitting earlier is advantageous as we will be assessing applications as we receive them.

  • 1-page cover letter, explaining your interest in the position.
  • 1- or 2-page resume, describing your relevant experience and skills.
  • Three (3) samples of your work. This can include maps, graphics, charts or reports that you have created. Samples should be clear, accurate, easy to understand and visually appealing. At least one (1) sample should demonstrate your ability to carry out a complex spatial analysis.
  • Important:  Do not put important information in your email!  It will not stay with your application.  Make your pitch in the cover letter.

Hiring Schedule

Our need for staff is urgent so the hiring schedule is brisk:

  • February 7. Announcement.
  • February 21. Absolute deadline for submissions.
  • February 23. Shortlist and invitations to interview announced.
  • March 1. Interviews (in Portland or by Skype)
  • March 3. Final decision (successful candidate and two alternates).
  • March 10. Negotiations complete.
  • April 1. Job begins.


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 internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, outside vendors, members and customers, service clients, use of contractors and consultants, and dealings with the general public.

Thank you!

Thank you for reviewing this listing.  As a matter of urgency, please share it with others who might be interested. We look forward to hearing from you.

4 Responses to JOB! Our firm is hiring at entry level, but act fast!

  1. Trucker February 9, 2017 at 6:43 am #

    This job sounds interesting…will pass along to my network. Thanks for sharing

  2. Remya February 19, 2017 at 6:19 am #

    Sir I am interested.. I am India.. Kochi can I do this job for you. Please give me an opportunity

  3. Nischal February 19, 2017 at 11:15 pm #

    Dang, this looks interesting! I’m personally interested but given I don’t have the legal ability to work in the US (I’m Malaysian), I’ll be asking around and passing this along my network.

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