Planner II (#1581)

About Alta

Alta Planning + Design (APD) is an active transportation company dedicated to creating active, healthy communities through planning, landscape architecture, engineering, and education/encouragement programs. Alta was founded in 1996 when cities and communities were calling for safer streets for people walking and bicycling as the non-motorized transportation movement developed into a profession in the United States. We pioneered the field of active transportation, evolving our planning and design work into a visionary global practice that empowers people to live active, healthy lives and getting them to where they need to go.

Our core values and work bring about positive change by creating places that are geared toward moving people rather than cars, connecting community members to daily needs and human experience, and empowering every person to live an active healthy life. As a global leader in mobility innovation for over 24 years with 175 people on staff, we are dedicated to connecting people to places by working across disciplines and scale to address social justice, safety, and environmental resilience.


Day to Day
  • Performs a variety of writing, research, mapping, graphics, and similar tasks with minimal oversight.
  • Participates in and plans site visits and/or outreach activities.
  • Attends team meetings and trainings; takes notes and pursues follow-up activities.
  • Participates in internal systems such as service area and Planning discipline work.
General Role
  • Applies broad knowledge of planning practices.
  • Independently evaluates, selects, and adapts standard techniques, procedures, and criteria.
  • Responsible for completing tasks and products as assigned independently and at a high level of quality.
  • Independently works on multiple projects of small to moderate size or on portions of major projects.”
  • May assist with project management tasks including staff planning, monthly reporting, and client communications.
  • May prepare graphics for proposals or interviews.
Technical Responsibilities
  • Collects and reviews data with direction from others.
  • Performs basic analysis, using Alta’s standard tools and procedures with direction from other staff; may suggest modifications to methods to better suit their study area.
  • Interprets data, provides preliminary findings to project team, and helps identify larger themes.
  • Utilizes QA/QC procedures, engages in peer review, and may act as qualified reviewer of specific types of analysis.
  • Produces maps utilizing Alta’s branding and templates, with some technical oversight.
  •  Possesses proficiency with ArcGIS Pro software, workflows for cartography, and basic data management.
  • Prepares, contributes to, or directs others in the development of presentation materials.
  • Participates in public outreach activities.
  • Leads and/or contributes to the production of technical reports and memos.
  • Contributes to the production of plans and final reports

Requirements & Preferred Skills + Certifications

Communication Skills
  • Possesses effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Assists in communicating with client, customer, or official contacts regarding specific assignments or meetings.
  • Attends project meetings and presents specific aspects of assignments.
Software Skills: Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; Google Workspace apps; at least basic understanding of ArcGIS Pro, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Acrobat.
Required Experience: 2+ years
Education: Bachelor’s or master’s degree in planning, environmental science, architecture, or related field; master’s degree preferred.
Professional Activities: 
  • Member of professional practice organization; member of local program or committee.
  • May lead research activities for white papers.
  • May attend select (often local) conferences.

What We Offer

Alta offers comprehensive benefits to all full-time employees.

  • Medical: PPO or HSA medical plans, Alta pays 75% of the cost.
  • Dental/Vision: PPO, Alta pays 90% of the cost.
  • Life Insurance: Alta pays 100% of the premium for life and AD&D, equal to your base compensation.
  • 401k: Alta provides a safe harbor match up to 4%.
  • PTO: 21 days accrued annually to start.
  • Holidays: 11 total company paid holidays
  • Additional benefits: Wellness reimbursement up to $800 annually, Alta Gets Around benefit of up to $900 annually, 5-year travel award, and professional development opportunities.

About Alta Planning + Design

Alta is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants. It is our policy that decisions involving people are made on the basis of job-related criteria, independent of an individual’s gender, race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability for which reasonable accommodation is available, and any other status protected by law. This includes decisions involving hiring, job placement, transfer, promotion, compensation, benefits, training, and company-sponsored programs. Alta Planning + Design maintains formal employment policies, available online and by request.
Affirmative Action Plan
Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is a federal contractor subject to affirmative action regulations requiring written Affirmative Action Plans (AAP’s) for minorities and women, and for covered veterans and individuals with disabilities. We worked intensively with a local firm that specializes in Affirmative Action Plans to develop a program for our company that will not only satisfy our federal obligations but will be a living document. This means the plan is integrated into our recruiting and evaluation procedures and is revisited often in order to ensure we’re doing everything we can to embrace and promote diversity within our company.
Alta requires all employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Proof of vaccination or an approved exemption for new employees will be verified prior to the first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or receipt of an approved exemption will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. 
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