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    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.

    As a Railroad Safety Inspector Grade Crossing Inspector (GXI), you will be required to conduct independent inspections of all types of highway-rail grade crossings, proceeds and programs for the purpose of determining compliance with Federal rules and regulations, to write reports of these inspections, and to recommend institution of enforcement/compliance actions when violations are found. Additionally, the GXI is responsible to investigate trespassing incidents on railroad property in order to drive programs to prevent trespassing on railroad property to which leads to accidents and injuries. The GXI is further responsible to develop and execute regional programs that will reduce railroad grade crossing and trespassing incidents and accidents.

    This position is perfect for a mid-level professional with strong technical background in applying current Federal railroad safety standards pertaining to grade crossing, accident investigation techniques in determining the best method of obtaining compliance, as well as strong analytical and communication skills; and experience with conducting inspections pertaining to grade crossing and with mitigating trespassing and their capabilities and limitations; mission focused, and is looking for great health benefits and a stable work-life environment.

    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 of the duty location stated above. The duty location for a full-time teleworker is usually the residence or other approved telework site. The actual duty location is subject to approval by the Regional Administrator. Salary will be adjusted based on the duty location.

    PLEASE NOTE: There is only one position, which can be filled in any one of the following duty locations advertised. The difference in the salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2017/general-schedule/

    NOTE: A writing sample will be requested from applicants who are determined as qualified and referred to the selecting official.

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    As a Grade Crossing Safety Inspector (GXI), you will be concerned with highway-rail crossing safety regulations within an assigned territory. In this capacity, the GXI inspector:

    • Performs inspections of railroad Emergency Notification Systems (ENS). Performs inspections of railroad records U.S. DOT Crossing Inventory Reporting (49 CFR Part 234, Subpart F). Reviews and evaluates applications for waiver of requirements of Federal regulations and standards applicable to highway-rail crossing safety regulations pertaining to 49 CFR Part 222 and 49 CFR Part 234, Subparts E and F. Makes recommendations to approve or reject applications.
    • Serves as a subject matter expert on 49 CFR: Part 222, Train Horn Rule and coordinates Regional assistance to local public authorities regarding implementation of quiet zones. Investigates complaints from railroad employees, union officials, and the general public regarding unsafe highway-rail crossing conditions (e.g., vegetation, preemption, ENS systems, quiet zones issues) and other topics involving grade crossing and railroad trespassing issues.
    • Serves as a subject-matter expert for the Operation Lifesaver program. Functions as a liaison through which Operation Lifesaver information, procedures and programmatic data are passed to appropriate FRA individuals. Maintains partnership with Operation Lifesaver State Coordinators. Assists in the planning and execution of Operation Lifesaver programming, activities, workshops and presentations.
    • Represents the FRA and Region while participating in initiatives, studies, surveys, reviews, promotions, etc., regarding highway-rail crossing and trespasser programs with local communities, states, the railroad industry and FRA’s safety partners. Represents FRA before state and local legislatures and planning bodies, as assigned, providing information and accurately communicating Departmental policy regarding crossing and trespasser strategies.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - This position requires extensive travel (at least 70%). The travel is a condition of employment.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    2121 Railroad Safety

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/488350200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.