Exciting employment opportunity in clean transportation

Vehicle Miles Travelled/Active Transportation Specialist

The position is located in the Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO), an attached agency of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), and supports HSEO’s mission to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation to help achieve a resilient clean energy economy.

Under guidance of HSEO and the Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission  (State Climate Commission) staff, the position will focus on development and implementation of strategies to reduce vehicle miles travelled (VMT) through mode-shift, active transportation, and other associated means. The position will also support the transition of the State’s fleet to Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) in line with statutory goals and procurement guidelines.


Manages and implements VMT strategies including recommendations compiled under an EPA grant to develop a VMT toolkit grant; works with relevant HSEO and Commission staff and collaborates with State agencies to integrate recommendations and best practices into the State’s operations where appropriate. Supports the transition of the State’s fleet to Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV). Collaborates with state agencies including but not limited to Department of Transportation, Department of Accounting and General Services, and the State Procurement Office on planning, procurement, and integration of ZEV and charging/fueling infrastructure, and fleet reduction/mode shift. Identifies and leverages federal and other external sources of funding. Initiates and guides multi-modal mobility hub work including administration of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization grant. Collaborates with relevant state and county agencies, non-governmental organizations, and industry to implement mobility hubs. Produces VMT and fleet decarbonization (and related equity) communications, informational presentations, educational briefings and supporting materials to inform stakeholders, particularly the State Climate Commission and its members, of the issues, strategies, and recommended approaches for VMT reduction, fleet decarbonization, and mode shift. Engages state and county agencies to support education and outreach activities including assisting in development of panels and events for local, state, national and international events, working with the transportation equity hui (Department of Health), communications hui (Commission), energy hui (HSEO) and other groups.


Knowledge: This position requires knowledge of transportation planning and programming at both state and county levels of government.  An understanding of the importance of travel demand in tackling transportation climate change issues and knowledge of government fleets and fleet decarbonization strategies is preferred. Also, it is desirable to have working knowledge of related development impact analyses (such as transportation impact analyses) and NEPA processes. Knowledge of Hawaii-specific challenges related to transportation and climate change policy shifts a plus. Knowledge of multi modal mobility hubs a plus.

Skills/Abilities: This position requires strong research, analytical writing, and presentation skills. Strong analytical and writing skills and track record in producing relevant reports and other communications and knowledge materials; Strong communication and interpersonal skills and experience in organizing and facilitating consultations and workshops. Networking skills. Sensitivity to diverse opinions and difficulties arising from differing social and cultural perceptions.

Education: The minimum level of education needed for the position is graduation from an accredited 4-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a field with critical thinking skills, such as environmental policy or design, economics/political economy, engineering, political science/politics, architecture, geography, urban affairs, public policy or administration, communications, or a related field.

General Experience: One to three years of project management experience on multi-disciplinary initiatives with a supportive stakeholder’s group. At least five years of professional experience in the fields of environment, vehicle fleet reduction and decarbonization, climate change mitigation, active transportation, smart growth, complete streets, sustainable transportation, and/or related fields.

Specialized Experience: Experience with other governments (local, state, or federal) a plus. Fleet decarbonization and VMT work in other states and/or Hawaii, experience in policy, legislative, pricing, and other tools to affect greenhouse gas reduction a plus. Experience building a coalition around a common call to action. Environmental justice and equity work experience a plus.

Citizenship Requirement: The State of Hawaii requires that all persons seeking employment with the government of the State shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.


This position is exempt from the civil service and considered temporary in nature. Therefore, if you are appointed to the position, your employment will be considered to be “at will,” which means that you may be discharged from your employment at the prerogative of your department head or designee at any time.

Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 127A-8, all state and county officials, officers, and employees are considered “emergency workers” and shall perform functions as determined by their respective state or county department director during emergencies or disasters.

Submit resume and inquiries regarding this position to:

Donna Mau

[email protected]

Include cover letter and comprehensive resume.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2021, 4:00 p.m. (HST)