Associate Planner | OC

Make a difference with your change – lead with ingenuity!

KOA Corporation (KOA), a Lochner Company, is a leading provider in professional services in transportation, engineering, mobility planning, and construction management for public agencies and private sector clients. Our staff includes registered civil and traffic professional engineers, certified transportation planners, certified road safety professionals, project/construction managers, and construction inspectors.

In December 2022, KOA joined Lochner, a national transportation infrastructure firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, providing planning, environmental, design, construction engineering and inspection, and right-of-way services for surface transportation, rail, transit, and aviation clients. Together, we have more resources and capabilities for delivering innovative solutions and enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve.

  • Client-Focused: We are collaborative and attentive to the unique needs and goals of each project.

  • Performance-Driven: We are problem solvers dedicated to transforming transportation infrastructure challenges into opportunities for innovation.

  • Community-Minded: We are vested in the work we do as stewards of public funds used to improve the communities we serve.

  • Socially Responsible: We give back to our communities by supporting various charitable organizations and causes.

  • Growth Oriented: We invest in programs to attract, retain, and develop employees so KOA becomes a long-term home for top talent.

Our goals and strategies promote a diverse and inclusive workforce that feels empowered to make a difference in the world. Our vision is to create healthy and sustainable communities both within and outside of our organization, where current and future generations can thrive.

Are you ready to join us?

We are seeking a full-time Associate Planner to assist senior staff and the transportation planning team with various transportation planning services. The position requires a person with strong analytical, writing, communications, and organizational skills to assist in the preparation of transportation planning studies including Active Transportation Plans (ATP), Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Plans, Corridor Studies, Complete Streets, Neighborhood Traffic Management Plans (NTMP), Complete Streets, Community outreach & engagement events, Grant Writing services, Graphic Design, and other transportation planning projects.


  • Transportation planning/engineering related research

  • Conduct transportation planning/engineering related analyses

  • Prepare maps & graphics for community meetings, workshops, and reports/grants under the supervision of our senior transportation planning staff

  • Assist in the preparation of technical memorandums and reports to communicate technical results and recommendations


  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, engineering, urban geography or related field

  • Strong communication skills and work ethic

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, and Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop)

  • 2+ years of experience in planning-related report writing, outreach/engagement facilitation, and graphic design is desirable

The range for this position is between $33 – 36 per hour, based on experience and qualifications.