Rail Safety Officer (Two Positions)
San Mateo County Transit District (Samtrans) - San Carlos, CA

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$1,417 - $2,054 per week ($73,692 - $106,854 estimated annual)

The San Mateo County Transit District serves nearly 100,000 customers each weekday on its SamTrans buses, Redi-Wheels paratransit vehicles, Caltrain commuter rail cars and shuttles, as well as a robust capital program. The Transit District, which is in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, is the managing agency for the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. Staff enjoys a dynamic organization that fosters personal development and professional advancement of its staff. The Transit District’s core values include integrity, customer focus, respect, quality, teamwork, leadership, and accountability. Excellent benefits are provided. The agency's Finance and Administration Department is seeking two, Rail Safety Officers to be responsible for inspecting, auditing, and coordinating safety-related activities in and around the Caltrain right-of-way. This position includes ensuring compliance with agency, state, and federal rail safety regulations, providing assistance in the investigation of railroad related accidents, and participation in developing exercises and procedures for emergency and disaster response.

In this important role, the Rail Safety Officer will monitor compliance with the Caltrain System Safety Program Plan (SSPP), the Caltrain Safety & Security Certification Plan (SSCP), the Caltrain Passenger Train Emergency Plan (PTEP) and other emergency, safety, or hazard management type plans, issue corrective action citations to gain compliance with safety rules and regulations, participate in safety meetings and collaborates with key personnel to identify and resolve safety-related problem and issues, interact collaboratively and diplomatically with District staff, other departments, contractors, outside agencies and public. The successful candidate will respond to accidents, incidents, and emergency scenes as part of a coordinated team; participate in accident investigations; conduct safety inspections, audits, surveys, and assessments; take prompt and decisive action to address immediate safety critical situations and recommend corrective measures; prepare comprehensive professional reports. You will monitor recent industry safety developments and current legislation related to assigned areas of responsibility, and evaluate their impact upon Caltrain operations; recommend and implement policy and procedural improvements to the Chief of Protective Services; co-chair the Caltrain Safety and Security Committee; prepare and maintain committee agendas, notes, and communications as appropriate; explain, justify, and champion agency safety programs, policies, and activities; participate, plan, coordinate, and assist with emergency drills and exercises; facilitate annual audits conducted by ATPA, FRA, and FTA, and assists in resolving audit findings to a satisfactory conclusion; provide assistance to the Bus Safety Officer on safety-related issues involving the District’s bus system; and perform all other duties assigned.

Qualified candidates should have sufficient education, training and experience to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Development of the required knowledge and abilities is typically obtained through, but not limited to, an Associate Degree in Safety or closely related discipline; plus sufficient full-time professional experience in industrial, plant, transportation, or aviation safety and inspection; as well as knowledge of OSHA, Environmental and/or Industrial Safety Regulations, Safety and Security Certification Programs, Standardized Safety Program Auditing and/or Inspection Processes of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Federal Transit Administration and/or other best-practices, Incident Command System (ICS), California Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) or National Incident Management System (NIMS). You must have experience performing audits of records and filed audits of job-site safety in and around an active railroad. Must be conversant with General Code of Operating Rules, Railroad Workplace Safety (49CFR214) and other railroad operating and safety-related regulations, and possess the ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of situations and people. Must possess a valid California driver license and have a safety driving record (if out of state, must obtain a California driver license within 30 days of employment). Must be physically able to work safely on and around an active railroad right-of-way. Must be available for on-call 24/7, working weekends, evenings and/or holidays as needed.

To apply for this position, please visit our website at http://www.smctd.com/jobs.html , and follow the related application instructions.

The San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.