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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 05/16/22

Applications Due05/31/22

Vacancy ID104959

AgencyTransportation, Department of

TitleRailroad Inspector (Hazardous Materials)

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade15

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $48027 to $61229 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 5%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 6 AM

To 2 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Albany

Street Address Office of Modal Safety and Security

50 Wolf Road

City Albany


Zip Code12232

Minimum Qualifications To be considered for permanent appointment, candidates must be reachable on the current Civil Service eligible list or be eligible for reassignment or transfer in accordance with Civil Service law.

If a viable eligible list does not exist, a provisional appointment may be made in accordance with Civil Service Law. Candidates who accept a provisional appointment must take the next competitive examination and be reachable on the resultant eligible list in order to be considered for permanent appointment to the position.

The minimum requirements for taking the examination are::
Either 1. two years of experience in developing, administering, or performing managerial functions related to compliance with the hazardous materials regulations;

Or 2. four years of experience in performing functions related to compliance with the hazardous materials regulations;

Or 3. a bachelor’s degree in physics, chemistry, engineering, logistics, or fire science.

Qualifying experience includes: Manager of a Chemical Plant, Plant Safety Officer, or State or Federal Inspector involved with the inspection of hazardous material transportation, packaging, loading, and storage.

Continued employment as a Railroad Inspector (Hazardous Materials) is dependent upon acquisition of various federally mandated certifications pertaining to rail safety programs. Failure
to obtain and maintain these certifications may result in termination of employment. Appointees must be able to respond to the work requirements of the job in a timely and responsible manner. Individuals who do not live within reasonable proximity of the work assignment will find it extremely difficult to satisfy this condition of employment.

Duties Description A Hazardous Materials Inspector monitors regulatory compliance in the transportation of hazardous materials by rail within an assigned territory.

Significant duties include:
• Plans and carries out an itinerary of periodic inspections of the handling of hazardous materials at rail facilities, including intermodal facilities, shipper/consignee locations, and tank car manufacturing and repair facilities.
• Inspects rail cars, freight containers and intermodal bulk containers for compliance with applicable hazardous materials regulations, freight car equipment and safety appliance standards.
• Conducts investigations of collisions, reportable derailments, unintentional releases of hazardous materials, or other accidents/incidents resulting in serious injury to person(s) or to the property of a railroad occurring on the line of any common carrier engaged in interstate transportation. Determines probable cause of accident or incident and if State or Federal regulations were violated. Develops comprehensive reports (e.g., accident, incident, and notices of probable violation) which outline findings and recommendations. • Investigate railroad shippers' packaging, marking, labeling, shipping procedures and documentation of shipments of hazardous materials.
• Investigate the loading/unloading, switching and movement of cars containing hazardous materials by rail, as well as the shippers/carriers' documentation of such car loadings.
• Investigate and collects evidence of violations of hazardous materials regulations relating to railroads, including interviewing witnesses and examining and securing pertinent evidence and/or documentations.
• Responsibilities may include participating within the Incident Command System to support the department’s response to regional and statewide emergency situations.

The position requires the employee be certified by the FRA through on the job training, class room training, and continuous follow up training in order to stay current with all changes and updates to the Federal Register. Out of state travel will be required in order to attend FRA training classes. The incumbent will periodically be required to be on call 24/7 to respond to unusual occurrences, derailments, or other railroad related emergencies.

The candidate must pass a physical/medical examination prior to appointment.

Cannabis use is not permitted for employees in this title and assignment. Cannabis use will be tested for during the pre-employment screening process and may be the basis for disqualification for employment or may be a basis for removal from employment.

Additional Comments ****Reporting to the Main Office, Office of Modal Safety & Security, Albany, NY. This is a field position; the incumbent will be required to travel extensively throughout the state. Overnight travel is required.****

All State employees in Executive controlled agencies, who are not subject to a mandatory vaccination requirement shall be tested for COVID-19 weekly unless they are fully vaccinated.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

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Name Shawn Stiffler


Fax (518) 457-6572

Email Address


Street Office of Modal Safety and Security

50 Wolf Road, POD 5-3

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12232


Notes on ApplyingQualified candidates should send a letter of interest and a current resume no later than
May 31st, 2022

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