Community Planner, GS-0020/11-13

Federal Railroad Administration

About the organization

The Federal Railroad Administration’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) promulgates and enforces rail safety regulations; consolidates government support of rail transportation activities; administers financial assistance programs; conducts research and development in support of improved railroad safety and efficiency, and national transportation policy, including improved intercity passenger service.


As a Community Planner, you will:

Be a member of an interdisciplinary team overseeing a diverse portfolio of railroad capital investment projects, with your primary responsibility lying in the technical oversight of and participation in project-level transportation planning efforts.
Working in concert with FRA environmental protection specialists, oversee and participate in the process of developing and analyzing alternatives for implementing railroad capital investment projects
Review and accept transportation planning deliverables developed under Federally-funded project development and project implementation grant agreements
Provide technical assistance to project sponsors on an array of transportation planning topics.
Participate in and oversee railroad transportation systems planning efforts, including Regional Rail Plans and State Rail Plans, through which potential railroad capital investment projects are identified.
The ideal candidate for this position is a mid-level interdisciplinary transportation planning professional with significant knowledge of and interest in rail transportation, who can function independently and demonstrate leadership in team environments. You should also have strong analytical and communication skills, dedication to upholding the highest standards of technical integrity, and a passion for improving rail transportation in the United States.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the GS-11 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-09 it must include:

Experience with other employees and managers to oversee and/or participate in elements of project-level railroad transportation planning efforts
Experience with assisting in system-level transportation planning efforts.
Experience fostering working relationships with contacts and staff members at all levels within/outside the organization.

To qualify for the GS-11 on Education alone, you must have:
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
You can also qualify based on a combination of higher level graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.

Qualifications for the GS-12 and GS-13 levels are available on the online application linked below.


$72,539 - $142,595 per year

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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