Now Hiring: GIS Specialist/Assistant Transportation Planner

Job Opening – Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments

GIS Specialist/Assistant Transportation Planner

Applications requested by July 12, 2024. Position will remain open until filled.


Please Note:  Due to the small size of our organization, Metro COG is not able to sponsor work visas for potential applicants.



The Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG) is offering an exciting opportunity to learn and grow professionally in a small public agency that works with several vibrant and growing communities in a metropolitan area of over 230,000. Metro COG serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, and in that capacity, works with Cass County, Fargo, Horace and West Fargo in North Dakota and Clay County, Dilworth and Moorhead in Minnesota as well as the North Dakota and Minnesota Departments of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.


Metro COG’s work, which is largely focused on metropolitan area transportation planning, is a balance of technical planning and stakeholder/public engagement. A successful candidate for the GIS Specialist/Assistant Planner position will take responsibility for the oversight, maintenance, and organization of the agency’s Geographical Information System (GIS) to support Metro COG’s work program. As GIS Specialist, this position is responsible for organizing meetings and coordinating with Metro COG’s GIS Committee which is made up of GIS representatives from all local jurisdictions. This position is responsible for identifying data collection needs and working with other staff and local partners to determine the manner in which to best acquire and analyze the data. This position will also have a transportation and community planning role consisting of conducting technical and planning assistance to implement Metro COG’s community planning, transportation planning, and transit work program elements, under supervision of the Executive Director and other senior staff.


Metro COG’s organizational structure allows for ample growth in presentation skills, document preparation, technical analyses, and public engagement. A successful candidate will have the opportunity to be part of project teams made up of both internal staff and external stakeholders.


General activities include: GIS data management, mapping activities, public interaction, research for special studies, data collection/retrieval, analyses of technical data, computer analysis, committee assignment, and transportation planning efforts. This position may be called upon to assist with compiling the annual Metro Profile and conducting analysis on Performance Measures required by Federal transportation legislation, and will be involved in many other aspects of Metro COG’s work program. This position will be required to perform data analysis and manipulation as well as required to convey the results of such analysis to technical staff as well as members of the public. The individual should also have the ability to verbally and graphically convey information.



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