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Sr Environmental Specialist

Los Angeles, CA

Your success is a train ride away!

As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.


Are you ready to join our team?

Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.


This position is responsible for ensuring compliance with federal, state, local, and Amtrak environmental regulations and leading environmental compliance activities at facilities in assigned territory. More specifically, Los Angeles Maintenance facility, stations and assisting with various outline points, as well as en-route trains, for causes of spills and non-compliance incidents, industrial accidents, preparation of reports and submittals of compliance documentations.



  • Implements safety or industrial health programs to prevent, correct, or control unsafe environmental conditions. Programs include, but not limited to those described in facility documents such as Facility Environmental Manual, SPCC Plan, SWPPP plan, and Hazardous Waste Contingency Plan.
  • Conducts or coordinates training of workers concerning environmental compliance, safety laws and regulations, use of safety equipment, devices, and clothing, and first aid.
  • Conducts or directs testing of soil, air, water, noise, temperature, or radiation to verify compliance with environmental health or safety regulations.
  • Leads spill prevention and spill clean up activities; investigates causes of spills or non-compliance incidents, industrial accidents, or injuries to develop solutions to minimize or prevent recurrence.
  • Prepares reports of findings from investigation of accidents, inspection of facilities, or testing of environment.
  • Conducts and documents environmental-related inspections of facilities, machinery, and safety equipment to identify and correct potential hazards, and/or ensure compliance with environmental safety regulations.
  • Coordinates facility EMS activities to develop and track new environmental initiatives.
  • Develops and submits environmental compliance documents to applicable agencies and maintains responsibility for facility environmental files.



  • Experience demonstrating skill conducting safety, health, and/or environmental inspections/investigations sufficient to monitor legal compliance.
  • Experience demonstrating skill training others on company regulations, policies, programs, and procedures.
  • Experience demonstrating skill using PC-based word processing (e.g., Microsoft Word, WordPerfect) and e-mail (e.g., Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes) software.
  • Experience demonstrating skill coordinating and facilitating meetings.
  • Experience demonstrating skill presenting information in face-to-face and group situations (e.g., providing training)
  • HAZOPER certification, or ability and willingness to obtain same within 6 months of entry into the position (this requirement may vary, based on location, or focus of position)
  • Bachelor’s Degree or the Equivalent combination of education and training/experience
  • 3-5 years relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local safety, health, and/or environmental regulations (e.g., OSHA) Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Effective oral and written communication skills § Ability and willingness to work independently with minimal oversight and guidance.
  • Ability and willingness to attend and pass Amtrak Environmental Competency training.



  • Knowledge of railroad safety, health, and/or environmental regulations (e.g., HAZCOM/Right-to-know, safety management practices)
  • Experience demonstrating skill working within a budget.
  • Experience with facility-based environmental compliance and sustainability programs
  • Experience with Environment and Sustainability Management Systems
  • Experience with MS Publisher software



Physical Demands: 

  • Constantly uses a computer keyboard and monitor to perform a variety of tasks, e.g., create and review documents, analyze information, e-mail, etc.
  • Occasionally distinguishes color-coded information.
  • Frequently recognizes sounds and changes in sound.
  • Occasionally uses fine motor control for coordination/dexterity, e.g., using hand tools, removing, repairing, working with small components using fingers and hands.
  • Occasionally performs tasks that require sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Occasionally performs tasks that require reaching, bending, twisting, kneeling, and/or squatting.
  • Occasionally performs tasks that require standing and/or walking for extended periods of time.
  • Will be working around, under, and in multiple types of passenger cars and locomotives.


Mental Demands:

  • Frequently learns new tasks, both complex and simple, to maintain effectiveness in position.
  • Constantly communicates, comprehends, and responds to verbal statements and instructions, both orally and in writing.
  • Constantly works in a challenging environment with frequently changing priorities.

Working Conditions:

  • Occasionally works on or around energized electrical equipment.
  • Constantly wears protective equipment in facilities as required by company, federal and state health, and safety standards.
  • Occasionally works outside in all weather conditions (e.g., wind, rain, snow).
  • Occasionally works inside in a climate-controlled environment.
  • Occasionally travels over long distances (e.g., via airplane, train, automobile), up to 40% (based on location).
  • Frequently works long hours as required; works rotating shifts, non-standard shifts and/or extended hours; or required to be on-call and available on an emergency basis.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The salary/hourly range is $78,600-$101,844. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. Depending on an employee’s assigned worksite or location, Amtrak may consider a geo-pay differential to be applied to the employee’s base salary. Amtrak may offer additional incentive and pay programs to recognize and reward our employees, including a short-term incentive bonus based upon factors such as individual and company performance that is commensurate with the level of the position and/or long-term incentive plan compensation. In addition to your salary, Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.

Requisition ID:161590

Posting Location(s):California

Job Family/Function:Safety & Security 

Relocation Offered:Yes 

Travel Requirements:Up to 50% 


You power our progress through your performance.


We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol. All Amtrak positions requires a pre-employment background check that includes prior employment verification, a criminal history check and a pre-employment drug screen. 


Candidates who test positive for marijuana will be disqualified, regardless of any state or local statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Amtrak's pre-employment drug testing program is administered in accordance with DOT regulations and applicable law.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for providers of public transportation (Title 6 U.S.C. §1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses. 

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.

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