Job Opportunities

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is located in Lansing, the state capital of Michigan, around the corner from Michigan State University and home to a variety of recreational amenities, entertainment options, and diverse urban and rural living options. Tri-County offers a competitive benefits package that includes a retirement plan and medical, dental, vision, life, and long- and short-term disability insurance.


We are seeking dynamic, innovative, and driven individuals to join our team! View open positions below to see if you could be a fit for us.


Tri-County is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, weight, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.

To apply for a position with Tri-County, please submit a completed application, resume, cover letter, and any other documents requested in the individual job posting. An application is considered incomplete if required documentation is not provided. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. of the apply-by date. 

To apply, you may do one of the following:​

  • Email your completed application and requested documents to

  • Drop off your completed application and requested documents in person at the Tri-County office​

  • Mail your completed application and requested documents to:

Attn: Greg Hoffman, Director of Finance & Operations

3135 Pine Tree Road, Suite 2C

Lansing, MI 48911


Job Postings

Senior Transportation Planning Manager

DATE POSTED: 1/13/2020



The Senior Transportation Planning Manager is a full-time, salaried position with traditional weekday office hours and some evening meetings, travel, and events outside of regular office hours. Primary duties consist of the development, maintenance, and implementation of Tri-County’s management systems activities for pavement, safety, and congestion. This position is also responsible for ensuring the realization of investment priorities outlined in the agency’s long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) as projects are implemented through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). In addition, this planning manager conducts a variety of technical transportation planning work tasks in support of the development of products and deliverables that plan for a safe, reliable, efficient, and seamless multimodal transportation network for the region. This position reports to the Deputy Director.

View the full position description, including areas of responsibility and principal duties, here.



A bachelor’s degree is required; civil/traffic engineering, transportation planning, urban or regional planning, geography, or related field preferred.


This mid-level technical position requires a minimum of 5 years’ professional experience directly related to transportation planning, traffic engineering, urban planning, data management, or related fields. A thorough understanding of urban transportation planning principles, preferably obtained within a Metropolitan Planning Organization or equivalent environment, is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Robust understanding of pavement/asset management best practices, traffic engineering concepts, and congestion management principles
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and federal funding mechanisms; understanding of regional and local transportation needs
  • Expertise in Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping technology and managing databases
  • Strong written communication skills; thorough knowledge of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation for the preparation of professional written reports, projects, and plans
  • Strong verbal communication skills; ability to professionally communicate with colleagues, community leaders, elected officials, and the public and make effective presentations at meetings of governmental groups and public events
  • Experience working with local, state, or federal governments; ability to communicate complicated topics to public groups
  • Excellent relationship-building and interpersonal skills
  • Maintains a professional, non-partisan public profile consistent with organizational values and the agency’s role as a neutral facilitator
  • Creative and effective problem-solving skills; ability to gather data and information to solve practical problems
  • Well organized and able to meet deadlines; ability to manage multiple projects and issues simultaneously and complete them on time with minimal supervision
  • Proactive and self-motivated; willingness and desire to improve and learn new processes
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
  • Professional planning certification preferred (e.g., AICP, PTP, GISP, PE, PG)
  • Collaborative, flexible team player
  • Detail oriented and passionate about quality
  • A valid driver’s license, reliable method of transportation, and willingness to travel on business
Tri-County is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Internship Program

Are you a student currently enrolled in a degree program or a recent graduate looking to gain work experience, integrate and apply academic studies to real-life situations, and establish a professional network for your career? Tri-County is seeking smart, dedicated, personable, energetic, skilled young professionals from a variety of backgrounds to join our internship program!

Areas of Interest

We offer a variety of internships for undergraduate and graduate students to work on special projects and collaborate with our different programs, including:​

  • GIS and data analysis

  • Transportation planning/engineering

  • Communications (social media, events, graphic design, content development)

  • Urban planning and trending community issues

  • Don’t see an area of interest or study that you would like to pursue? Email us with your proposal, resume, and cover letter, and we will see what we can create!

Details & Requirements

While unpaid, our internships are a great option for those needing a flexible schedule and seeking careers in government, nonprofit, and private organizations. Tri-County’s internship program gives you the opportunity to get hands-on experience and learn about issues impacting communities across the country, all while you’re networking in the state’s capital city with industry professionals and key community leaders. 

Internships typically occur during the summer (May – August), fall (September – December), or spring semester (January – April), but may be extended on a case-by-case basis. To participate in the internship program, individuals must:

  • Be able to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week (maximum 30 hours)

  • Have earned a minimum of 24 semester credits or 36 term credits before program entry

  • Demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

  • Possess a valid driver’s license

Apply for an Internship

Email your resume, cover letter, proposal, and any additional details we should know to In your email, please note the type of internship you are applying for, provide your days/hours of availability, and include any examples of your work.


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