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Washington State Department of Transportation Transportation Planning Technician 1 : Data Collection Field Technician in Tumwater, Washington

About WSDOTThe Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project. The OpportunityAre you passionate about working safely? Would you like to work in the field? Do you enjoy travelling in Washington State? If you answer yes, this opportunity to collect highway travel data might be right for you.The WSDOT Multimodal Planning and Data Division is hiring two non-permanent entry level technicians. We're looking for candidates with the motivation and skills to collect traffic data in the field. Work is done individually and in teams. Our technicians travel throughout the state to install and maintain temporary traffic counting equipment in and adjacent to the roadway. They perform three- and four-hour manual traffic counts from a state vehicle parked near the traveled way. These entry level staff also prepare reports and help analysts ensure data quality. If you're interested in an entry level job that travels extensively throughout Washington, and you'd like to gain work experience with WSDOT, we strongly encourage you to apply for this opportunity. What to ExpectAmong the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, this position will: *Safely operate a state vehicle and navigate throughout Washington State. *Travel throughout Washington to perform short duration traffic counts, in travel status for entire work weeks during most months of the year. *Perform technical and sometimes physically demanding duties involved with performing short-duration traffic counts including the installation and maintenance of equipment. *Perform manual counts in a field environment and video manual counts in an office environment to verify vehicle classifications and volumes. *Prepare reports from collected data including problems encountered in the field. *Document detailed information regarding the assigned traffic count that may be pertinent to data processing staff. *Work with data processing staff involved with quality assurance activities. *Participate in meetings that support and promote a safe, inclusive organizational culture. QualificationsTo be considered for this opportunity, the following are required: *Valid Washington State driver's license. *High School Diploma or GED. *Ability to travel extensively for entire work weeks over large portions of the year. *Ability to drive for six or more hours per day. *Ability to sit in a parked vehicle for up to four continuous hours while working with handheld electronic devices. *Ability to safely move materials and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds. *Ability to perform duties including safely crossing lanes of travel while carrying equipment, traverse steep slopes and uneven surfaces, as well as climb over obstacles such as jersey barriers and guardrails while carrying heavy equipment, in adverse weather conditions and in varying temperatures and humidity levels. *Ability to use various hand tools both powered and non-powered to conduct functions of the position. *Ability to learn within six months to independently carry out all job functions accurately and efficiently, while conforming to documented safety protocols. *Basic computer skills. *Ab