Traffic Counting Technician

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
High $30,000s to Low $40,000s (position level & salary commensurate with education & experience)
Dec 12, 2018
Jan 11, 2019
Job Function
Facilities / Equipment
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Willingness to Travel
Experience Level

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is the Philadelphia region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization. We believe DVRPC is a place to work, learn, and create a career in a professional and stimulating environment that values diversity, innovation, and bringing your best self to work. If your background and experience match the following vacancy in our Office of Travel Monitoring, we would like to hear from you.




Job Description


DVRPC facilitates data-driven decision-making. One of the ways we accomplish this is by collecting data on how well transportation systems are working.  The person we hire for this position will do the technical and manual work to collect this data.


Transportation planning and engineering studies need a large amount of data – how many cars drive down this street? How fast are they driving? Where are they going? 




This position, working with a team of planners and engineers, collects this data.  Work includes collecting and recording traffic volumes and turning movements at highway intersections; conducting special traffic studies in the field, including video data-logging, collecting travel time data; collecting pedestrian and bicycle volumes either manually or with counting equipment; recording aircraft statistics at local airports; and assisting in survey activities.  Work is reviewed and evaluated by an administrative supervisor.  A high level of independence is expected in carrying out daily tasks and responsibilities.






  • Drive and maintain a van provided by DVRPC, installing traffic counting machines on roadways in the Greater Philadelphia area within Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
  • Place automatic counting machines at designated sites, assure counting machines operate accurately, and collect data from machines.
  • Participate in special traffic engineering surveys.
  • Perform manual classification of vehicular traffic, record vehicle occupancy counts, conduct highway and transit surveys, and manually count pedestrian and bicycle traffic, as required.
  • Carry out road inventories including the measurement of road mileage within a defined area.
  • Collect data for inventory of physical characteristics of highway systems. Survey and report physical and operational features of roadways and intersections for inclusion in technical reports, as required.
  • Conduct travel time surveys and other transportation surveys.
  • Collect and record traffic turning movements at highway intersections. Log traffic data while watching videos.
  • Maintain traffic counting equipment.
  • Follow established state and federal guidelines for working safely on roadways.
  • Perform related work as required.





  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license with safe driving record.
  • Ability to become knowledgeable regarding the techniques and operation of devices used in collecting comprehensive data for a wide variety of transportation planning surveys and studies.
  • Thorough knowledge and skill in interpretation of highway maps.
  • Ability to become knowledgeable regarding techniques used in conducting various types of traffic surveys.
  • Ability to use and care for automatic and manual traffic recording instruments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to perform regular maintenance work on traffic count equipment.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all adverse weather conditions.
  • Sufficient physical stamina required for strenuous activities including but not limited to: lifting and relocating boxes up to 55 pounds; use of a sledgehammer in frigid conditions; and snow shoveling on road sides.
  • Ability to squat, bend, kneel, and stand frequently, as well as sit in a vehicle for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle in a responsible and safe manner.



Experience & Training


To classify as a Level PA I, a minimum of THREE YEARS of traffic-related knowledge or skills, or survey work, or technical and manual labor experience, and such training as may have been gained from graduation from a standard high school, or General Educational Development (GED) certification, or an equivalent combination of experience and training.