Posted on August 13, 2019

The George Washington Regional Commission (GWRC) serves as the Planning District Commission (PDC) for Planning District 16, which includes over 360,000 people in five jurisdictions. Planning District 16 is the fourth-largest and fastest-growing of the Commonwealth’s 21 planning districts. GWRC provides a broad array of planning services, including regional environmental, energy-conservation, hazard mitigation and rural transportation; operates GWRideConnect, the Region’s transit/transportation demand management agency; and serves as staff to its sister board, the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO).

FAMPO is a federally-mandated agency that is responsible for making sure federal dollars spent on existing and future transportation projects and programs are based on a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process. Committed to meaningful public engagement throughout the process, FAMPO is responsible for establishing priorities to meet short-term (next six years) and long-term (20+ years) multimodal transportation needs in the FAMPO Region (Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County and Stafford County).


Transportation Planner I -

This entry-level, full-time position is responsible for assisting in the MPO transportation planning process. In addition to working with FAMPO staff, Planner I works with stakeholders including federal, state, and local governments, elected officials, and the public.  The successful candidate must exhibit knowledge of planning theories, techniques of transportation planning and analysis, and applicable federal and state transportation regulations.


  • Collect and compile planning data.
  • Assist in research, analysis and mapping of GIS data.
  • Provide general support for various transportation and regional planning initiatives.
  • Communicate with the public, GWRC staff and elected officials in support of the MPO’s commitment to customer service excellence, continuous improvement, teamwork and collaboration.
  • Assist with and attend monthly committee meetings and workshops.

Transportation Planner II -

Including and in addition to the responsibilities and duties described under Planner I, the Planner II may take on program management, project management or similar responsibilities.  Also, the Planner II may be assigned important roles of individual responsibility in Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Congestion Management Process (CMP), SMART-SCALE project preparation and/or advanced geospatial analysis projects.

Transportation Planner III -

Including and in addition to the responsibilities described for Planner I and II, the Planner III may supervise an intern, Planner I or Planner II regarding as specific task or project.  Also, the planner III may also be asked to provide independent advice to a Senior/Principal Planner, the FAMPO Deputy Administrator or the FAMPO Administrator on matters of importance and relevance.


Planner I:

  • A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, geography, geographic information systems, or a related field.
  • Some GIS experience (ESRI products, CartoDB, etc.).
  • The ability to collect, analyze and interpret data pertaining to transportation planning.
  • Strong quantitative abilities, writing and communication skills, including the ability to translate technical materials to a nontechnical audience.
  • Basic knowledge of the principles and practices of metropolitan transportation planning.
  • The ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Planner II: (Planner I plus the following)

  • Knowledge of transportation finance, policy and project development phases.
  • Experience in transportation or urban and regional planning.
  • Experience with web mapping applications.
  • Interest in innovative transportation concepts.
  • Minimum of three years full-time experience in transportation planning, urban planning, regional planning or closely related field.
  • Master’s degree preferred.

Planner III: (Planner I and II plus the following)

  • AICP or equivalent (GISP, AIA, ALA, PE, PMP …..) preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree plus 8 years’ experience.
  • Master’s degree plus 5 years’ experience


Starting salary negotiable depending on qualifications. An outstanding benefits package is also provided.


Please email a résumé, cover letter, salary history, a representative sample of your work for a transportation study or plan, and four references to  Position is open until filled. GWRC/FAMPO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

George Washington Regional Commission/Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce.  We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, making decision without regard to race, sex, national origins, disability, age, color, low-income, limited-English proficiency