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Sr Public Health Specialist - 90180559 - Chicago

Date: Sep 13, 2017

Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60606

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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. 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 the result of our employees.

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This position is responsible for coordination of the monitoring, reporting and auditing of Amtrak’s food safety, sanitation and public health compliance.  Will coordinate corrective actions relating to food handling and preparation, car watering, pest control, and equipment maintenance and cleaning within their respective regions.  This position is empowered to immediately halt food service car operations, remove cars from service and discontinue car watering until deficiencies are corrected.  This position will assist the public health group in providing technical expertise to meet public health and sanitation regulatory requirements.



• Monitor, evaluate and report compliance with sanitation requirements for food handling and preparation on rolling stock, at catering facilities and at contracted vendor’s locations.

• Conduct potable water sampling and analysis pertaining to Amtrak’s O &M plan for EPA compliance with the National Safe Drinking Water Act.  Empowered to remove cars from service due to bacteriological water failures.  Provides legal tracking and closures to water sampling failures.

• Monitor, evaluate and report compliance with sanitation requirements for car watering servicing and waste handling servicing areas. 

• Coordinate compliance with public health policies and standards related to food handling and preparation, car watering, pest control, and equipment maintenance and cleaning.

• Test backflow prevention compliance at Amtrak watering points within the region.

• Assist in corporate and self-audits of major facility sanitation assessments within the designated region.

• Conduct full investigations of all suspected food- or water-borne illness complaints and provide detailed reports to Amtrak Claims and Law to prevent potential lawsuits.

• Prepares and distributes corporate public health newsletters.

• Implements sanitation training programs within the respective regions regarding sanitation and public health requirements.  Conducts formal public health/sanitation training presentations to various Amtrak departments such as Passenger     Experience, Mechanical, Catering, as well as internal and external customers

• Assist and coordinate the monitoring and performance of the corporate pest control vendor contract.



• Minimum demonstrated experience in a Food Safety, Public Health, or Environmental field position.  
• Licensed professional, Registered Environmental Health Specialist, or Certified Food Safety Professional (or similar).

• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel; experience working with Amtrak PC programs, including SAP, WMS and ARROW.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Certified Backflow Prevention Device tester (FDA, TREEO, or similar) or Cross-Connection training



• Certified in Food-borne Illness Investigations (NEHA or similar)

• 10+ years experience in Food Safety, Public Health or Environmental field position.

• ServSafe Certified Food Manager

• HACCP Certified

• National or Registered Sanitarian (R.S.)




• Advanced degree in Environmental Health, Biological Science or closely related field




Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:32228
Posting Location(s):Illinois
Personnel Area:IL10
Job Family/Function:Safety & Security 
Relocation Offered:No 
Education Requirements:Bachelors Degree
Travel Requirements:Up to 75% 
Employment Experience Requirements:5 - 7 years of experience

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 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, he/she will not permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

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 Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status. 

POSTING NOTES: Safety & Security || Corporate

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