Job Overview


The Federal Railroad Administration’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) promulgates and enforces rail safety regulations; consolidates government support of rail transportation activities; administers financial assistance programs; conducts research and development in support of improved railroad safety and efficiency, and national transportation policy, including improved intercity passenger service.

FRA is committed to fostering a diverse, highly skilled workforce capable of meeting or exceeding our strategic goals with efficiency, innovation, and a constant focus on better serving our customers.
Do you like identifying problems, analyzing facts, and making recommendations; are you a good communicator; would you like to make a difference in the railroad industry, if so, then this job is for you!
The Supervisory Railroad Safety Specialist (HazMat) works in a Regional Office of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Office of Safety, or a telework location approved by the FRA. The FRA Office of Safety promotes and regulates safety throughout the Nation's railroad industry. This position is the regional expert responsible for the interpretation and administration of FRA regulations and procedures concerning hazardous materials, and is responsible for supervising approximately 7 to 14 Railroad Safety Inspectors.
The IDEAL CANDIDATE for this position is a mission focused professional who has experience providing guidance, interpretation, and enforcement of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and FRA regulations and procedures concerning rail transport of hazardous materials. Experience should include developing and delivering training on rules regulatory issues pertaining to the transportation of hazardous materials by rail to offerors, railroad officials, manufactures, railroad union officials, members of Federal, State and other local regulatory and emergency response agencies.  Additional experience should include familiarization and a working knowledge of bulk packaging nomenclature, design, construction, qualification and maintenance. PLEASE NOTE: There is only one position, which can be filled in either of the duty locations advertised.  This position is eligible for full-time telework, and the selectee must reside (or be willing to move at his/her own expense) within the geographic area(s) of the duty location(s) stated above. Supervisory Railroad Safety Specialists serving a probationary period will not be approved for full-time telework without the expressed authorization of the Regional Administrator. The duty location for a full-time teleworker is usually the residence or other approved telework site. The actual duty location will be subject to approval by the Regional Administrator. Salary will be adjusted based on the duty location.


The Supervisory Railroad Safety Specialist (HazMat):

  • Supervises approximately 7-14 Railroad Safety Inspectors.
  • Performs the full range of personnel management responsibilities such as: plan and assign work to employees; review and evaluate the technical work of employees; identify inspector training and development; interview and select candidates for vacancies; develop performance plan targets and evaluate and rate employee performance; furthers the agency's equal employment opportunity and workforce diversity goals, etc.
  • Serves as the Region's expert on railroad hazardous materials transportation concerned with the manufacturing, fabrication, and repair of specification packaging, the loading and unloading of hazardous materials and the transportation of these materials by rail.
  • Conducts technical reviews of field hazardous materials transportation matters and provide guidance and advice to Hazardous Materials Inspectors in the region. Provides uniform interpretation and application of laws, rules, orders and regulations pertaining to hazardous materials transportation.
  • Conducts special assignments, investigations and inspections of an unusual or complex nature or assists the inspectors in the accomplishment of such assignments.
  • Composes hazardous materials transportation correspondence. Maintains close contact with the highest levels of railroad management, railroad employees, and labor organizations to insure compliance with laws and regulations.