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Transportation Planning and Right-of-Way Specialist

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The Nebraska Federal-aid Highway Division is hiring a Transportation Planning and Right-of-Way Specialist (GS-2101-12/13 - $82,830 to $128,043 annually) in Lincoln, NE. To apply, visit (open to U.S. Citizens), selecting “Lincoln, Nebraska” as the duty station and the grade level most applicable to your level of education and experience. Alternatively, send your resume and a statement of interest (in the body of the e-mail message) to using “Transportation Planning and Right-of-Way Specialist Position” in the subject line. Nebraska Division hiring managers will continue to pull applications through 10/12/2023 (but submit your application sooner for best consideration). 


The selectee will be responsible for advancing Federal-aid Highway transportation planning and right-of-way programs within the Nebraska Division.

The Nebraska Division is in downtown Lincoln. With a population of nearly 290,000 and growing, Lincoln is one of the Midwest’s most affordable, accessible, and agreeable cities. It is a great place to live, to work and to raise a family - offering good schools, short commute times, recreation for all members of the family and a cost of living consistently below the national average.


As a Transportation Planning and Right-of-Way Specialist, you will:

  • Provide expertise and assist in policy formulation, problem solving, development, promotion, and demonstration of state-of-the-art practices on a wide range of Transportation programs.
  • Conduct and participate in complex program reviews to evaluate and determine the extent of efficiency, effectiveness, and economy with which Transportation programs and administrative operations are carried out in conjunction with the agency’s mission and policies.
  • Develop plans, goals, and oversees the implementation of systems and procedural changes.
  • Serve as the point of contact for all Congressional, Headquarters, and other miscellaneous requests for information. Coordinate with appropriate staff to draft responses, reviews, finalizes and distributes correspondence.
  • Develop a wide range of methodologies to collect multitude of complex data/information. Track process improvements through critical metrics and adjusts processes as necessary to gain additional process improvements.
  • Provide expertise, training, and presentations to stakeholders in developing plans, goals, objectives for implementing deliverables for assigned Transportation programs.

The ideal candidate is an individual with strong transportation planning experience with knowledge of the Federal-aid Highway right-of-way program. Additionally, the ideal candidate should have excellent communication, leadership, and partnering skills to work with our transportation stakeholders at the Federal, state, and local levels.


Lincoln offers many amenities of larger cities yet has plenty of opportunities to get back to nature with ample outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, camping, hunting, and fishing. If you’re missing the big city life, Lincoln is only an hour from Omaha, a three-hour drive to Kansas City and within a day’s drive to Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, and St. Louis. 

In addition, Lincoln is a university town - home of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the Husker sports programs. The university offers more than 52 specialized degree choices and has an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. Fans turn the town to a sea of red on Husker football game days and the women’s volleyball team holds a nation-leading streak of 10 straight NCAA Regional Final appearances and has won five national championships (1995, 2000, 2006, 2015 and 2017).

Lincoln remains a hot housing market with listings selling quickly and prices remain on the rise, but home prices are still very reasonable. The median sale price of a home in Lincoln was $300K last month, up 11.1% since last year. 

Lincoln is in southeastern Nebraska. This part of the State has average winter and summer high temperatures of 33° F (January) and 87° F (July), respectively.  The average annual precipitation is 31 inches.