Washington State
Transportation Center (TRAC)

1107 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206.543.8690
Fax: 206.685.0767

Sloan Hall, Room 101
PO Box 642910
Pullman, WA 99164-2910
Phone: 509.335.3175
Fax: 509.335.7632

WSDOT Research Office
Transportation Building
Washington State Department
of Transportation
310 Maple Park Avenue SE
PO Box 47300
Olympia WA 98504-7300
Phone: 360.705.7000

Revised March 22, 2012
Washington State Transportation Center


HOV Data Collection




Observation Sites


Employment Opportunities

Observer's schedule


Information for Observers

Employment Opportunities

Traffic Observer Position


Part-time temporary position spring and summer 2012. Pay - $10/hr.

Must be able to:
* Work outside under all weather conditions.
* Sit on chair or stand for up to 3 hours per shift.
* Perform light lifting.
* Posess basic computer skills (data entry, e-mail, browse Internet, etc.).
* Possess valid motor vehicle operator's license. If you have in your possession a valid driver's license issued to you in your home state, you may operate a motor vehicle in Washington state for a period not to exceed six months.
* Be able to perform basic automobile maintenance such as fueling the vehicle, changing tires, adding essential fluids when necessary and keeping the car clean.
* Be comfortable driving on Puget Sound area freeways.
* Have an excellent driving record.
* Posess effective English verbal and written communication skills.
* Ability to follow directions and work well with others.

* Posess a safe automobile to transport self and team members to and from job site. Mileage is reimbursed.

* High school graduate with some college preferred.

General Duties
* Observe freeway traffic while sitting on a folding chair or standing on sidewalk of freeway overpasses.
* Collect traffic data.
* Operate automobile in safe manner to drive yourself and team members to data-collection sites.

Conditions of Employment
* Valid driver's license and excellent driving record
* Basic computer knowledge.

Interviews are being scheduled beginning March 1 , 2012 until all positions are filled. Work will begin April 2, 2012 and continues through June 30, 2012.

To Apply
UW students: Fill out an application and email to Mary Marrah or mail at address below. Email or call Mary at 206-543-3337 during business hours, to schedule an interview.

Non-student applicants: go to the University of Washington Human Resources website at to fill out an application for a temporary position at UW.

Email Mary Marrah.

Print and complete job application (download here) and mail to:
1107 NE 45th Street
Suite 535
Seattle, WA 98105