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Posted on 13 March 2018 by

MTA Metro-North Railroad 
Government, Policy, & International Affairs 
New York, NY  

MTA Metro-North Railroad is a dynamic organization, operating out of the jewel of New York City, Grand Central Terminal. We provide service to over 82 million customers annually, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut. A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is the busiest commuter railroad in the nation. MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe commute, great service to its customers and rewarding opportunities to its employees.

Yardmasters are responsible for the proper makeup and prompt dispatch of trains in their assigned territory.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

• In accordance with Metro-North operating rules and Federal Railroad Administration regulations:
• Direct train make-up to ensure compliance with consist requirements and yard plans.
• Safely and efficiently assign and control all train and equipment movement within the limits of the yard by remote activation of switches, signals, clearance forms and blocking devices in accordance with Metro-North operating rules.
• Enter train consist data on PC.
• Assign and coordinates consist and SMO switching activity.
• Provide protection to employees working on the right of way by removing and restoring tracks to and from service.
• Prepare and maintain accurate records related to train movements, track assignments and other events.
• Monitor radio, telephone, computer screens and other equipment for train movements, track movement and other relevant information and issues in territories controlled.
• Communicate relevant information to others clearly, effectively and according to protocol regarding train routing, track conditions and any other special circumstances.
• Maintain familiarity with train schedules, destinations and departure and arrival times
• Coordinate track usage with the Maintenance of Way department.
• Prepare information reporting on time performance and delays of areas controlled.
• Post all relevant train information on DTOBOs, bulletin orders and register sheets.
• Manage unexpected and emergency events.
• Supervises yard employees and train crews in the yard.

High School Diploma, General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).
External Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
1) Minimum of one (1) year of experience as a qualified Air Traffic Controller OR
2) Minimum of one (1) year experience as a railroad employee in a position requiring book of rules qualification OR
3) Minimum of four (4) years of experience as a logistics manager or other position with directly related transferable skills working in a fast paced, high pressure environment OR
4) Related education resulting in a Transportation degree (e.g., Associate degree or higher in Air Traffic Control, Train Dispatch or related field).

Skilled in exercising independent judgment; ability to anticipate and analyze problems and take corrective actions; must be able to maintain attentiveness and evaluate a situation to make quick decisions under pressure; written and verbal communication skills; ability to multi-task; must be able to function effectively under changing priorities; reading comprehension ability; knowledge of operating and safety rules; knowledge of physical characteristics; must be safety conscious.

Rate of Pay
The starting rate for this position is $29.24 (70% of the full rate). The 100% full rate of pay is $41.77.
• The annual wage progression scale is as follows: Year 1=70% > Year 2=70% > Year 3=75% > Year 4=80% > Year 5=85% > Year 6=85% > Year 7=90% > Year 8=100%
This salary is non-negotiable, based on the ACRE Collective Bargaining Agreement.

New employees will establish seniority in the Association of Commuter Rail Employees (ACRE), the union representing Yardmasters, in accordance with the union's current collective bargaining agreement.
Members of ACRE are subject to an initiation fee and monthly membership dues.

Must have the ability to work various hours, days, shifts and locations.
Selection Criteria
Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, not all qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the position are guaranteed an interview. To be selected for a position, one must meet the following criteria: (1) satisfy the minimum requirements listed in the job posting, (2) if applicable, successfully pass a written and practical exam, (3) satisfy a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), and (4) pass a verbal interview. Metro-North may also require the applicant to undergo a physical ability test, and, if the Company extends a conditional offer, may require him or her to undergo a medical examination, which may include toxicological testing. Failure to pass any step within the hiring process will result in the disqualification of your application.

We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. If interested, please apply online at

Other Information
This is a safety sensitive position and subject to toxicology testing.

Training involves classroom instruction and on-the-job training (posting at a desk). Must become qualified on the “Rules of the Operating Department (Book of Rules Qualified) and pass other qualifying tests during the formal training program.
Physical Activities include, but are not limited to the following:
• Color vision required to read signal indicators in yard areas
• Verbal communication skills required to communicate with operations and field forces.
• Ability to read, comprehend and complete written material.
• Handling ability required to operate switch machines.

Working Conditions include, but are not limited to the following:
• Works inside and outside exposed to various weather conditions.
• Ability to perform in a fast paced, highly visible environment where priorities are constantly changing.
• Prolonged periods of sitting.

As an employee of Metro-North Railroad you may be required to complete a New York State financial disclosure statement, if you earn more than $95,534.00 or if you hold a position designated as a policy maker.

Effective September 2017, all full-time non-agreement personnel other than those directly involved with the movement of trains or delivery of service, or assigned to other emergency response teams, are required to serve in the Station Terminal Auxiliary Response (STAR) program requiring Terminal coverage for Grand Central Terminal (GCT) from 4:30 PM-7:30 PM one week per year or responding to Station STAR duty during a service disruption, system-wide at various hours including nights and weekends. This program is designed to improve Metro-North’s ability to provide customer service during emergencies that impact service delivery or other service disruptions that require staff to provide directions and information to MNR customers at GCT or outlying stations. Please note, hours worked during your participation week are subject to change.

How To Apply

Qualified applicants can submit an online application by clicking on the 'APPLY NOW' button from either the CAREERS page or from the JOB DESCRIPTION page.

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When applying for positions, please ensure that you attach a resume during the application process and that you receive a confirmation e-mail that your application was accepted. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your application may not have been received and will not be able to be considered after the deadline date. If you encounter problems, please call the BSC Customer Management Center at (646) 376-0123 Monday through Friday (except MTA-HQ holidays), 8:30am - 5:00pm.


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