Transportation Rail Officer 2 (40 Hour)

Recruitment #240227-8898FE-001


The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Transportation (DOT), is now hiring for a Transportation Rail Officer 2, within the Office of Safety and Security in New Haven.


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  • Full Time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday
  • Location: New Haven
  • A valid motor vehicle operator's license is required and must be maintained.
  • This position is eligible to apply for telework after successful completion of the working test period, and thereafter, in accordance with the Telework Policy which can be found here. Employees in their initial working test period must work on site in the office.
  • This position will require the occasional need to work outside of the normally scheduled hours (outside of the normal Monday - Friday workweek), in cases of emergency. 

    The Transportation Rail Officer 2 will aid in the coordination of rail regulations, rail safety, and rail security issues throughout the Department. The successful candidate will achieve this by:
    • Performing Diagnostic Team reviews, design reviews, and field inspections of private and public highway-railway grade crossings for compliance issues and future improvements.
    • Assisting in updating and implementation of the State’s highway-railway grade crossing action plan.
    • Interpreting, implementing, and participating in FRA, FTA, FHWA, TSA, and other regulatory requirements as applicable.
    • Participating in oversight and implementation of 49 CFR Part 270 SSPP, System Security Plans, Cyber Security, and other regulatory safety and security responsibilities.
    • Performing/participating/assisting in Safety Outreach into communities, safety and security outreach into transportation facilities and rights-of-way.
    • Participating in trainings, industry groups, and conferences as appropriate.
    • Participating in rail operational exercises and post-incident safety investigations.
    • Performing investigations and providing testimony for rail regulatory hearings.
    • Providing coordination between other Department offices, various transportation providers, and municipalities during the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of railroad related properties and projects. 

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      Selection Plan

      TO APPLY

      • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
      • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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      In the Department of Transportation, Bureau of Public Transportation this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks involving rail transportation programs, projects and activities in one or more of the specialized areas of operations, equipment, construction, maintenance, capital projects, finance and administration.


      • Develops and/or implements programs, projects and activities for rail transportation involving operations, equipment, construction, maintenance, engineering, capital projects, property management, administration or finance relating to rail activities;
      • Prepares various documents which may include technical reports, train operating schedules, service contracts, service and non-service related agreements including leases, licenses and easements, equipment procurement, maintenance, cycles and equipment specifications, construction schedules, project contracts, force account agreements, construction methods, design functions, project budgets, material specifications, audit schedules, financial contracts, budgets and reviews, grant applications, quarterly reports and other administrative instruments;
      • Develops detailed analyses;
      • Reviews, interprets and coordinates contracts, agreements and/or Federal Railroad Administration regulations and Connecticut General Statutes with railroads and local, regional, State and Federal agencies;
      • Develops preparations for legislative, informational and public hearings;
      • May provide final review of reports, schedules, agreements, etc., in order to ensure completeness, accuracy and conformance with procedures and standards;
      • Performs related duties as required.


      • Knowledge of the principles and practices of railroad functions in operations, rail equipment, rail construction, rail maintenance, engineering, capital projects, finance or administration;
      • Skills
        • interpersonal skills;
        • oral and written communication skills;
      • Ability to
        • analyze and recommend solutions to rail problems;
        • plan, organize, conduct and implement projects and reports;
        • understand, analyze and interpret agreements, rules, laws, and regulations;
        • utilize computer software.


      Seven (7) years of experience in a professional or technical capacity in a railroad or railroad related organization.


      One (1) year of the General Experience must have included responsibility for the planning and execution of large, complex rail transportation projects and/or programs.


      College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.


      • Experience in transportation/railroad planning, design, construction, or railroad related activities.
      • Experience and success in developing relationships with stakeholders such as rail service providers, highway maintainers, adjoining property owners, and government officials.
      • Experience and understanding of at-grade rail/highway crossing operations and safety from both compliance and practical perspectives.
      • Experience identifying problems, researching solutions, making decisions, and verifying the accuracy of the decision.
      • Experience working in a railroad or railroad related organization and/or environment.
      • Experience with report compilation, familiarity with spreadsheets and data management system software such as Bluebeam, Compass, and Microsoft 365.


      • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
      • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.


      Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from railroad or construction environments and a moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year round weather conditions.


      The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


      As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.