WFRC Summer-Fall 2017 Internship Opportunity

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Blog |


The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) prepares transportation plans and programs as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Salt Lake City-West Valley City and Ogden-Layton Urbanized Areas. The WFRC has the following internship position available for the summer-fall of 2017.

Job Title: Communications Intern

Supervisor: Heather McLaughlin-Kolb

Description: Support the strategic communications of the organization. Responsibilities of this position include developing communications plans for various outreach efforts associated with long-range transportation planning, assembling and editing collateral material, updating the organization’s website, and acting as a liaison with community organizations and officials. Competitive candidates will possess excellent written and verbal skills, as well as be extremely organized, proficient with social media, able to successfully complete repetitive tasks, familiar with FTP sites, and demonstrate an ability to work well under deadlines.

Timing: August – December 2017

Hours/week: 20

Wages/Salary: Yes

Qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate student in the field of communications or a related field. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required and proficiency with FileZilla, Joomla, and/or WordPress is a plus.
Applicants must e-mail a letter of interest and resume no later than Thursday July 20, 2017 to Ned Hacker, Director of Operations, at Applications can also be mailed to Wasatch Front Regional Council, 295 North Jimmy Doolittle Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84116. For more information contact Ned Hacker at (801) 918-9230, the address above or visit the WFRC website at

The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Community Development Administrator

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Blog |

Wasatch Front Regional Council

Job Description and Announcement


The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Association of Governments (AOG) for the Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele, Weber, and southern Box Elder Counties of northern Utah. The WFRC is seeking a Community Development Administrator for the Wasatch Front Region’s Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the Transportation and Land Use Connection (TLC) Program effective July 1, 2017.

The TLC program helps communities plan for anticipated growth consistent with the principles of the Wasatch Choice 2040 vision. The CDBG program’s objective is to fund community development projects and services that principally benefit low to moderate-income persons. Supervision is provided by the Community and Economic Development Area Coordinator. This is a full-time position. GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Serves as a Community Development Administrator for WFRC’s CDBG and TLC programs. As such, provides general administrative support; serves as a liaison to state government and local governments; provides technical assistance to communities; develops a regional consolidated plan; and program administration. A summary of duties and responsibilities includes, but is not limited to:
1. Administrative Support – Assists in contract development; builds and maintains program databases for contracts, projects, consultants, and agreements; processes applications and invoices; serves as executive staff.
2. Technical Assistance – Maintains knowledge of federal, state, and local policies and uses it to provide training, technical assistance, and support to grantees; actively participates in information sharing among grantees.
3. Liaison – Actively pursues, responds to, and provides information regarding requests for information and assistance; works with communities to assist in addressing community needs; performs outreach and communication efforts including website updates, submission for awards, program or project talking points, and collaborates with other staff to produce communication materials.
4. Planning – Assists in the creation, review, and evaluation of grant applications; assists in the development of a detailed and transparent project ranking process; ensures the implementation of projects that meet community, regional, and statewide goals; develops and promulgates a consolidated plan that meets local, state, and federal guidelines.
5. Program and Project Administration – Manages and assists in the development and revision of funding applications; monitors and evaluates programs and projects; assists in ongoing program improvements; administers projects, supports communities through the grant process including procurement and scoping; serves as a point of contact for projects they manage.
6. Other duties as assigned.

Applicants must have at least: (a) four years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) professional experience in public administration, business administration or management, planning; and (b) of which at least two years must have been in planning, project, or grants management work; or (c) any relevant experience or equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

An Associate’s degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience; or a Bachelor’s
or higher degree may be substituted for two years of the required experience with a major in
public administration, business administration, geography, planning, or similar degree.
1. Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written expression.
2. Ability to meet deadlines with narrow time constraints.
3. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
4. Willingness to accept supervision and direction while exercising discretion in daily responsibilities.
5. Ability to understand and explain administrative practices for effective and efficient operations.
6. Knowledge of municipal government operations.
7. Experience in project management, program development, provision of technical assistance, grant administration, and conflict resolution.
8. Proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (or some equivalent).
9. Professionalism, integrity, and a public-service attitude.
10. Travel is a requirement of this position. Some evening work may be necessary. Possession of a valid driver’s license is required.
Salary starts at $40,600 annually depending on qualifications and experience.

Applicants must send a letter of interest (briefly outline experience and qualifications, no more than 2 pages) and a resume no later than Monday, July 31, 2017 to LaNiece Davenport at For more information visit our website at or contact Ned Hacker by cell phone at 801-918-9230, or at Wasatch Front Regional Council, 295 North Jimmy Doolittle Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84116.

The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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UDOT Region 2 Traffic Engineer

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Blog |

State of Utah Logo STATE OF UTAH
invites applications for the position of:

Region Traffic Engineer

SALARY: $29.97 – $47.54 Hourly
OPENING DATE: 05/31/17
CLOSING DATE: 06/07/17 11:59 PM
BENEFITS: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, a retirement plan, plus paid leave to include annual, sick, and holiday pay. The State requires employees to receive their pay through direct deposit. If selected, you will receive more information about these benefit options and enrollment information through our onboarding process and during your first week or two on the job.
RECRUITER NAME: Jamie Anderson
SCHEDULE CODE: B – Competitive Career Service – Employment in this position requires a probationary period.
SCHEDULE CODE DESCRIPTION: This position requires a 12 month probationary period. Current State employees who have already passed a probationary period will not be required to complete another one.
EEO STATEMENT: The State of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability. Reasonable accommodations provided to known disabilities of individuals in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For accommodation information or if you need special accommodations to complete the application process, contact the Dept. of Human Resource Mgmt. at 801-538-3025 or TTY 801-538-3696.
The Utah Department of Transportation is currently looking for a Region Traffic Engineer (Engineering Manager I).Job Description
This position is responsible for all traffic and safety functions for Region 2 including representing traffic operations engineering in project development teams, providing assistance in concept and scoping of projects.

Principal Duties
The Region Traffic Engineer’s responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing and responding to both public and private concerns on operational areas and on issues related to traffic engineering.
  • Coordinating with central traffic and safety and maintenance division to develop safety spot improvement projects.
  • The development of scope, cost and construction of the safety spot improvement projects.
  • Applying the knowledge and techniques of engineering in planning, developing, designing, review, and construction of state transportation projects.

The Ideal Candidate
The Ideal Candidate for this position will have experience in Traffic Engineering.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be registered as a professional engineer in Utah in accordance with the provisions of Utah Code Annotated 58-22.
  • Must have 2 years of engineering experience following licensure as a PE
  • Bachelors degree or higher in civil engineering from an accredited university

This position may be filled at the Engineer III level for applicants who do not meet the preferences listed for an Engineering Manager I. In order to qualify at the Engineer III level, applicants must be registered as a professional engineer in accordance with the provisions of Utah Code Annotated 58-22.

Why You Should Join Our Team
Click HERE to view a summary of the benefits we offer.

The Agency
For more information about our agency click here.

  • Sets goals, establishes priorities, manages resources, develops concepts and approaches, reviews projects progress and results; makes management decisions.
  • Oversees the development, evaluation or review of plans and criteria for a variety of activities; assesses feasibility of proposed plans, projects and equipment.
  • Plans and manages projects and/or programs. Writes (or discusses) project/program plan(s), recommendation(s) and/or finding(s).
  • Supervises subordinate personnel including: hiring, determining workload and delegating assignments, training, monitoring and evaluating performance, and initiating corrective or disciplinary actions.
  • Develops, directs, and/or evaluates programs.
  • Coordinates and/or acts as a liaison between agency or work unit and other agencies, work units, organizations, suppliers, etc.
  • Participates in the selection of consulting engineers, oversees and reviews their work product.
Additional knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and/or trainable after entry into position:

  • knowledge of principles, theories, and practices of civil engineering
  • knowledge of principles, theories, and practices of group dynamics and/or team development
  • ability to use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions
  • ability to work with or contribute to a work group or team to complete assigned task(s)
  • ability to use automated software applications
  • ability to supervise others by assigning/directing work; conducting employee evaluations, staff training and development, taking appropriate disciplinary/corrective actions, making hiring/termination recommendations, etc.
  • ability to identify the best person for a task, delegate assignments, and direct people as they work
  • ability to manage a work force to ensure fair employment practices
  • ability to speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally
  • ability to communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing
  • ability to establish objectives and specify the strategies and actions to achieve these objectives
  • ability to coordinate the activities or tasks of people, groups and/or organization(s)
  • ability to conduct a methodical examination
  • ability to evaluate information against a set of standards
  • ability to make a decision or solve a problem by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions
Physical Requirements: Sedentary – Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts; driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.Working Conditions: Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.

Employee may be reassigned to a different location as deemed necessary by the Region Director/Group Leader.

The State of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability. The State provides reasonable accommodations to the known disabilities of individuals in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For accommodation information or if you need special accommodations to complete the application process, please contact the Department of Human Resource Management at (801) 538-3025 or TTY (801) 538-3696.
https://statejobs.utah.gov2120 State Office Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Position #12417


Region Traffic Engineer Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. Please indicate how you heard about this specific job posting.
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* 2. As part of this application process, you must provide your work history in the work history section of your application. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Your answers to the questions on this application must be supported by your work history, otherwise you may not receive credit. I have read and understand these statements.
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* 9. Do you have any relatives who currently work for UDOT? Per UDOT Policy, relatives are defined as: spouse, child, parent, and sibling (including in-laws and step relatives), grandparent, grandchild, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, first cousin, or cohabitating employees.
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June Luncheon

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Blog |

Model Innovations for the Wasatch Front Central Corridor Study

Kyle Cook, Andy Li, and Chad Worthen

The Wasatch Front Central Corridor Study employed several innovative modeling tools and strategies in order to address future regional travel needs. This session will provide an overview of how regional model tools such as the travel demand model and the Real Estate Market Model were applied and modified to adapt to our changing transportation paradigm.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 12:00 noon, at Chinese Gourmet

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WFRC Modeler Job Description and Announcement

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Blog |

Wasatch Front Regional Council
Modeler III/IV
Job Description and Announcement

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Association of Governments (AOG) for the area of Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Morgan, Tooele, and the southern portion of Box Elder Counties in Utah, is seeking a full-time travel modeler, with an emphasis on model development. WFRC develops and maintains a Regional Travel Demand Model (TDM) and a Real Estate Market Model (REMM). WFRC also applies an EPA approved air quality model which is integrated with the TDM. This position would focus primarily on TDM development for the models maintained by WFRC and its partners.

WFRC is continually updating its models to keep them state of the practice and to improve their forecasting capabilities. The TDM runs on a CUBE software platform, and the REMM runs on UrbanSim. Recent updates to the TDM include:

  • Recalibration based on data from the 2012 Utah Household Travel Survey
  • Update of the transit module
  • Addition of a freight module
  • Addition of a life cycle variable
  • Addition of a K-12 school trip module
  • Expansion of the employment categories
  • Improved integration with GIS

The WFRC model is jointly operated with the Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG). MAG is a close partner in all model development decisions. In addition, WFRC and MAG coordinate modeling with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). UDOT maintains a statewide model which is integrated with the WFRC/MAG model, as well as the other models throughout the state, all on the CUBE software platform. WFRC provides ongoing modeling support to UTA for mode choice and transit modeling.

WFRC is seeking a modeler to lead the development, refinement, and maintenance of the WFRC/MAG Travel Demand Model, as well as provide support for the Utah Statewide travel demand model, and the three smaller models representing three counties adjacent to the Wasatch Front Urbanized area (Wasatch, Summit, and Tooele Counties). This modeler will play a leading role in the development of the WFRC/MAG model, and provide support to UDOT in the statewide and county models to ensure that these models are state of the practice and provide support for exceptional decision making.

The modeler position will be an integral part of the WFRC Modeling, Forecasting, and Information Services team. Under supervision, this position will be part of the team which is responsible for the development and enhancement of a suite of models. We are seeking a creative problem solver who is capable of understanding and communicating complex concepts and data.
Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Quantitative and statistical analysis
  • Maintaining a strong relationship with WFRC’s partners
  • Specification and estimation of model parameters
  • Scripting
  • Model calibration
  • Database development and management
  • Communicating model inputs and outputs in meaningful ways that are understandable to a non-technical audience
  • Enhancing connection between models and GIS
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualification Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, Economics, Statistics, Computer Science or closely related field
  • At least 8 years of travel and/or land use modeling or equivalent experience
  • Detailed understanding of all phases of traditional n-step travel models (implementation and development), including land-use forecasting techniques, including an awareness of state-of-art in travel and land-use forecasting. Should have the ability to critique the state-of-the-art, recommend improvements and manage a model development team.

Knowledge of planning processes, specifically:

  • Regional Transportation Plan/Transportation Improvement Program
  • NEPA
  • New Starts/Small Starts

Project management experience

Computer Skills

  • Understanding of data analysis techniques and software [R, SPSS, SAS preferred]
  • Computer programming experience
  • Knowledge of how to use GIS effectively [ArcGIS skills preferred]
  • Transportation modeling software [Familiarity with CUBE preferred]
  • Model estimation software (e.g. R, SPSS, SAS, Alogit, Limdep) [preferred]

Interpersonal Skills

  • Must be able to work and communicate modeling effectively with all levels of government, including management and technical staff, as well as local stakeholders to assure comfort with models, understand needs and concerns, and create realistic expectations.
  • Ability to document technical work clearly.
  • Work with members of the modeling team to teach varying skills and techniques related to model development and application.
  • Work with other members of the modeling team to help project consultants produce analyses and solve modeling issues or concerns.
  • Professionalism, integrity, and a public-service attitude.

To apply:
Those interested in this position should submit a letter of interest briefly outlining their experience and qualifications (1 – 2 pages) and a resume to Ned Hacker, Wasatch Front Regional Council 295 North Jimmy Doolittle Road, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84116 by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The letter and resume can be sent by email to For further information, contact Ned Hacker at the addresses above or at (801) 363-4230 x 1120. For general information, please visit our website at
The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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EIT position available

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Blog |

O’Neill & Company is seeking a fun, self-starter, driven person to succeed in this exciting company located in the Taylorsville area.  We are seeking an Engineer in Training with 0-3 years’ experience.  The EIT position will be working on roadway and signal projects under the direction of the Project Manager.  The company offers profit sharing, paid time off and holidays, 401K, flexible work hours and a FUN environment.  If you are a high quality, detail oriented person who can think outside the box, you need to send your resume to  Please include a paragraph on why we should consider you and how you’re unique and would be an excellent addition to our outstanding team!

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