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Associate Planner

Job Details

Monterey Park, CA
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Transportation - KOA


Make a difference with your change - lead with ingenuity!


KOA Corporation (KOA), a Lochner Company is a leading provider in professional services in transportation, engineering, mobility planning, and construction management for public agencies and private sector clients. Our staff includes registered civil and traffic professional engineers, certified transportation planners, certified road safety professionals, project/construction managers, and construction inspectors.


In December 2022, KOA joined Lochner, a national transportation infrastructure firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, providing planning, environmental, design, construction engineering and inspection, and right-of-way services for surface transportation, rail, transit, and aviation clients. Together, we have more resources and capabilities for delivering innovative solutions and enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve.


  • Client-Focused: We are collaborative and attentive to the unique needs and goals of each project.

  • Performance-Driven: We are problem solvers dedicated to transforming transportation infrastructure challenges into opportunities for innovation.

  • Community-Minded: We are vested in the work we do as stewards of public funds used to improve the communities we serve.

  • Socially Responsible: We give back to our communities by supporting various charitable organizations and causes.

  • Growth Oriented: We invest in programs to attract, retain, and develop employees so KOA becomes a long-term home for top talent.

  • Bilingual in any language is a plus.


Our goals and strategies promote a diverse and inclusive workforce that feels empowered to make a difference in the world. Our vision is to create healthy and sustainable communities both within and outside of our organization, where current and future generations can thrive.


Are you ready to join us?


We are seeking a full-time Associate Planner to assist senior staff and the transportation planning team with various transportation planning services. The position requires a person with strong analytical, writing, communications, and organizational skills to assist in the preparation of transportation planning studies including Active Transportation Plans (ATP), Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Plans, Corridor Studies, Complete Streets, Neighborhood Traffic Management Plans (NTMP), Complete Streets, Community outreach & engagement events, Grant Writing services, Graphic Design, and other transportation planning projects.



  • Transportation planning/engineering related research

  • Conduct transportation planning/engineering related analyses

  • Prepare maps & graphics for community meetings, workshops, and reports/grants under the supervision of our senior transportation planning staff

  • Assist in the preparation of technical memorandums and reports to communicate technical results and recommendations



  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, engineering, urban geography or related field

  • Strong communication skills and work ethic

  • Works independently, taking initiative and working well with a team to complete projects and meet deadlines. 

  • Working knowledge of GIS, Microsoft Office products, and Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop)

  • 2+ years of experience in planning-related report writing, outreach/engagement facilitation, and graphic design is desirable


The range for this position is between $33 - $36 per hour, based on experience and qualifications.



Aligning with our performance-driven nature, we offer competitive salaries, performance-based incentives, and a variety of benefits programs to address the diverse individual needs of our employees and their families.


KOA provides a comprehensive total rewards package that includes:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance

  • FSA and HSA Programs for Health and Dependent Care

  • Life/AD&D Insurance (100% Employer Paid}

  • Short Term Disability & Long-Term Care Insurance

  • Paid Time Off and Holidays

  • Flexible Work Schedule

  • 401 K Matching Program

  • Office Parties & Events

  • Wellness Program

  • Bike-to-Work Incentive

  • On-The-Job Training and Hosted Training Webinars

  • Paid Professional Organization Fees

  • Education & Licensing Reimbursements

  • Internal Young Professionals Group


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


Physical Requirements

The physical requirements must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Intermittent sitting, walking, standing, bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, twisting, stoop, crawl, and lifting. The employee must frequently lift and/or move light equipment up to 20 pounds. Must be alert to equipment in the field, occasional need to work near hazardous equipment and machinery, occasional need to walk on uneven ground, exposure to dust, gas or fumes, exposure to noise, extremes in temperature or humidity, and potential work at heights.


Equal Employer

KOA is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. Lochner provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.


All positions at KOA require an applicant who has accepted an employment offer to undergo a background check. Background checks include SSN/SIN validation, motor vehicle verification, education verification, employment verification, a criminal check, search against global sanctions and government watch lists, and drug test. All employment offers are contingent upon successful results of the background check.


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