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Located in the culturally diverse and academically rich city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. DOT's Volpe Center attracts motivated, talented professionals who put their expertise to work in the service of others and address the nation’s most pressing and complex transportation challenges.
A national transportation organization with an international reputation, Volpe offers a stimulating environment where employees research, develop, and deploy state-of-the-art transportation technologies and help shape innovative policies and programs to resolve real-world transportation issues. Volpe is a unique federal agency that is 100 percent funded by sponsor projects, which makes it agile in its approach and entrepreneurial in its nature.
Benefits and Job Openings
We offer our employees competitive benefits, professional development opportunities, and a flexible and family-friendly work environment.
U.S. DOT is committed to hiring veterans. In 2022, veterans made up 7.5% of the U.S. DOT Volpe Center workforce. Their expertise spans more than 15 occupation series, and they work across the Center.
- 580 federal employees
- 50% with advanced degrees
- 20+ disciplines, including engineering, physical and social science, operations research, human factors, analysis, economics, planning, information technology, psychology, and safety operations
- Budget: $220 million
- 300+ ongoing projects annually
- Footprint across all nine modes of transportation
- Collaborate with U.S. DOT, federal agencies, state and local government, academia, and industry
- Public service
- Innovative solutions
- Professional excellence
- Collaboration and partnering
- Employee well-being
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.
Volpe maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. Volpe ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.