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Women In Transportation: Jill Czarnecki


Czarnecki,Jill_16Parametrix was recently named WTS (Women's Transportation Seminar) Puget Sound Chapter’s “Employer of the Year” for large firms. To celebrate, we will be featuring several women in transportation at Parametrix leading up to the WTS Puget Sound Chapter Scholarship and Awards Gala on March 28th.

Today we will be introducing you to Jill Czarnecki.

Jill is a Planner at Parametrix based out of our Seattle office. She has been in the industry for 19 years – all of which she has spent with Parametrix!

Projects that Jill works on: I work on the environmental documentation for a large variety of transportation projects including light rail, trails, and others. I help to coordinate and write EISs and technical reports, and have been known to respond to a few agency and public comments. I have been involved in several Sound Transit project teams, and contributed to projects such as the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project, Waterfront Seattle, Mukilteo Multimodal Project, and the Eastside Rail Corridor.

JillFavorite Project:  I am grateful that there are too many great projects to choose from. Sound Transit projects have been some of my favorites. When I was first hired at Parametrix, I started out working in the Sound Transit office on the Central Link Light Rail Project in 1998. I have loved seeing something I worked on in operation today and continuing to grow. Although, this was a tough choice because there were two times clients flew me to Hawaii for work.

Why Parametrix? I enjoy working for Parametrix because of the people I get to work with. I have access to many mentors and the opportunity to work on a variety of projects.

What has been your involvement in WTS? I regularly attends WTS meetings, workshops, presentations, and networking events. I have also attended the WTS conference in previous years and plan to attend again this year. This is a great venue for meeting clients as well as teaming partners in an informal setting.


Advice to other women in transportation: My advice to other women starting out in their career in transportation is to just go for it. Explore different opportunities and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If a technical writing class or training opportunity is available, take it. Writing clearly will help you in your career. If there are opportunities to assist a senior person in your organization, be sure to watch how they navigate issues with clients. There is a lot you can learn through informal mentoring. I feel lucky to continue to learn from mentors at Parametrix such as Jenny Bailey, Jeff Heilman, Stephanie Miller, and David Mattern (and many others) by watching how they interact with clients, run meetings, and deliver projects.