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 August 14, 2014
Washington State Transportation Center


HOV Data Collection



Observation Sites
Employment Opportunities
Observers' 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.
* Possess 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.
* Possess effective English verbal and written communication skills.
* Be able to follow directions and work well with others.


* Possess 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 the sidewalk of freeway overpasses.
* Collect traffic data.
* Operate an automobile in a 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.

To Apply

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

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

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


Email Mary Marrah.

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