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NICTD intends to hire a full time Patrol Officer to serve and protect the passengers, employees, and infrastructures of the South Shore Line commuter railroad service. As Indiana’s only municipal transit police department, NICTD Transit Police are responsible for the safety and security of approximately 3.6 million passengers annually and a 90 mile rail system that extends from the South Bend Regional Airport to downtown Chicago. Police headquarters are located in East Chicago, Indiana. Officers have bi-state law enforcement authority for Indiana and Illinois. Note: All candidates, irrespective of military or civilian experience, must also possess a current Police Officer Certification in good standing from the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board. This means that a candidate must be a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, or other Indiana approved law enforcement academy. Click HERE for the complete position description and details on how to apply.

Important note: Persons who previously applied in response to the notice posted in April 2021 remain under active consideration. There is no need to re-apply at this time.

Qualified officers are encouraged to apply at their earliest opportunity.

Position Requirements:  

Mandatory: The successful candidate must have at least five (5) years of prior law enforcement service with at least three (3) years of actual patrol service. Military veteran candidates not meeting this civilian experience requirement may substitute relevant military police experience for civilian experience. However, all candidates, irrespective of military or civilian experience, must also possess a current Police Officer Certification in good standing from the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board.

Preferred: Skills preferred, but not required, include:

(a)        Community policing.

(b)       Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and law enforcement record management systems.

(c)        Fluency in a foreign language.

(d)       Transportation Security Administration training from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

(e)        Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively in highly stressful conditions.

(f)        Demonstrated superior interpersonal skills; ability to work with fellow employees and passengers, and other parties in the general public.

(g)        Valid driver’s license with a safe and insurable driving record.

(h)       Willingness to work varied shift hours, varied days off, holidays, and extended hours as may be needed to respond to operational circumstances.

(i)         Superior record concerning safety attitude, attendance, and work performance.

(j)         Ability to multi-task among competing short term priorities while maintaining a pleasant disposition.

(k)        Must successfully pass a post-offer employment physical and background investigation including, but not limited to, drug, alcohol, and psychological evaluations.

Schedule: This work has varying schedules that include night, weekend, and holiday assignments. Mandatory overtime may be required consistent with the needs of the District. Schedules under normal circumstances are seven 12 hour shifts per two week pay period plus varying amounts of overtime depending on officer availability and the needs of the service. While not frequent, patrol officers may need to respond on short notice to operational exigencies or as directed by the Chief of Police. More information on the specifics regarding availability can be obtained during the interview process.

Supervision: The position reports to the Chief of Police.

Salary and Benefits: Full time patrol officers receive:

- $56,937 is the current annual salary based on a forty (40) hours of service work week. Hourly overtime rates apply when scheduled above forty (40) hours per week to meet the needs of the service for special events or other mandatory overtime.

- Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund (not 1977 Police and Fire Fund).

- Social Security.

- Supplemental pension plan after one year of service.

- Vacation (Three weeks annually from date of hire to 10 years of service. Four weeks annually from 10 years to 20 years of service. Five weeks annually after 20 years.).

- Holidays (police receive compensation for 11 holidays a year).

- Health club partial reimbursement and clothing allowance.

- Continuing education reimbursement.

- Health, dental and life insurance for the officer, spouse, and dependents.

- Take home squad car program (personal use not permitted)

Details are available during the interview process. Relocation benefits are not available.

How To Apply:

Important note: Persons who previously applied in response to the notice posted in April 2021 remain under active consideration. There is no need to re-apply at this time.

Submit a written resume outlining training, experience, and work history to: NICTD Police Patrol Officer Opportunity, Attn: Director – HR&LR, 601 North Roeske Avenue, Michigan City, IN 46360.   A cover letter outlining the reasons why you are interested in this assignment and why you believe you are best qualified is encouraged but not required. Your resume and cover letter must be received at 601 North Roeske Avenue, Michigan City, IN, 46360, no later than 1 p.m., on Monday, June 14, 2021.   You may send the documents by mail, overnight delivery, hand delivery, or e-mail to: bjarne.henderson@nictd.com. Late letters and/or resumes will not be accepted. Phone calls and walk-ins expressing interest are not acceptable. The District assumes no responsibility for late or undelivered mail or e-mails. Persons who desire to assure delivery of their request for consideration are encouraged to hand deliver their materials or send them by certified mail. Apply early; the District reserves the option to close the application period before the stated deadline in the event that a satisfactory candidate is identified and selected for employment.

Questions: Contact Bjarne Henderson, NICTD Director of Human Resources & Labor Relations, at (219) 874-4221, ext 223, if you have questions about this specific opportunity or notice. Do not use this number for questions or information on other posted positions or opportunities.    

 

NICTD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Description: Track & Structures Laborer - Works with crews to maintain, repair, and replace railroad track, structures, and other railroad assets. Uses hand tools and machines (spike mauls, tie tongs, track wrenches, and jack hammers) to accomplish assigned tasks. Lifts and carries track material, performs basic plumbing and structural repairs, and clears right-of-way of vegetation and litter. Operates track machines or drives company vehicles when not employed as a laborer.

Mandatory overtime or a 4-10 work schedule may occur. Layoffs are possible but not anticipated. Must be willing to be headquartered at Hammond, Gary, or Michigan City as determined by seniority and needs of the service.

Minimum Requirements:

- High school or GED equivalent.

- Must read, write, and communicate clearly and fluently in English so as to understand and follow the General Code of Operating Rules, communicate essential operational and safety information, and pass periodic rule/safety/technical examinations.

- At least one (1), but less than five (5), years of satisfactory outdoor machine operator, laborer or apprentice laborer experience.  

- At least eighteen (18) years of age.

- Applicants with prior railroad employment must be presently employed by a railroad or provide  a furlough letter showing that they were laid off for economic reasons, or otherwise provide a letter from their previous railroad employer stating that they are eligible for rehire.  Applicants without this information are not eligible to be considered for this opportunity.

- Satisfactory driving record. Must be insurable under District fleet policies.

- Has and will maintain a personal home or cell phone along with an internet e-mail address.

- Has basic structural repair and construction skills as evaluated through testing.

- The work is physically demanding. Laborers must be able to work outdoors in all weather situations, on uneven surfaces, lift up to seventy-five (75) pounds, efficiently drive spikes with a spike maul, and work on feet for up to ten (10) hours per day. Mechanical aptitude, good physical strength and endurance, and good interpersonal skills when interacting with supervisors, fellow employees, and others are important.

- Laborers must be available for unplanned overtime and emergency call outs during off-duty hours.

- Reliable transportation to/from Michigan City, Gary, or other work assignment locations between Chicago, Illinois, and South Bend, Indiana.

- Pass a post-offer physical examination, including drug and alcohol tests.

- Flexible about unexpected changes in work assignments or priorities. Most of the work assignments will report to headquarters in Michigan City or Gary. However, applicants must have the flexibility to report for work at any location between South Bend, and Hammond, Indiana.

- Must pass a background check relevant to job and personnel functions.

Environmental Conditions: Work is outdoors in all weather conditions. Most work is during daylight hours but may be required at other times to address the needs of the service. Work is done on significantly uneven surfaces and may require work on wet or slippery surfaces. Levels of activity vary from moderate to intense. Stressful situations may occur. Exposure to heat, humidity, cold, rain, sleet, snow, and wind is common.

Experience Relevant To Position (preferred but not required to apply): Welding certificates or experience, heavy outdoor maintenance work on own or as part of a maintenance crew, experience in grounds maintenance, structure maintenance, heavy equipment operation, railroad maintenance experience, successful work with varying shifts or night shifts, prior licensing for positions in the truck, airline, or rail industry, outdoor or varying shifts in military service. Valid Class “A” Commercial Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record is preferred. Persons accepted for employment who do not have a Class A CDL are required to obtain same during their probationary period.

Applicant Instructions: Click HERE to fill out the on-line employment application. Follow the application screen instructions. You may upload a resume (with or without a cover letter) during the application process. While uploading a resume and/or cover letter is optional, you must complete the application as well as all of the required testing to be eligible to be reviewed for an interview.  Submission of an application and completion of the testing does not guarantee an interview.  NICTD encourages applicants to complete the on-line application and upload a resume. The opportunity will remain open until the positions are filled. Apply early to improve your chance of consideration. Persons experiencing difficulties with the application process may contact Shelly Winn at shelly.winn@nictd.com or (219-874-4221, ext. 253) for assistance. IMPORTANT NOTE – READ THIS: If you are a current employee, or if you have previously applied on line, you must FIRST contact Ms. Winn to re-set your on-line record to accept a second application.


NICTD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Summary Job Description: Car Cleaner/Relief Terminal Carman: This job has two major purposes. When working as a car cleaner at either Michigan City or Chicago, the employee vigorously cleans the interiors (seats, floors, toilets, walls, and windows) and exteriors (stainless steel sides and windows) of railroad cars used to transport passengers between Chicago and South Bend. When working as a Relief Terminal Carman, the employee inspects, moves, couples, and uncouples passenger cars at terminals in Chicago, Gary, and Michigan City to the extent needed to prepare cars for train service. Relief Terminal Carmen refill water tanks on cars, conduct safety tests, perform inspections, make minor repairs, complete preventive maintenance projects, and perform other duties as assigned by their supervisor.   Locations and assignments are assigned by seniority. Successful applicants should expect to work weekends, nights, holidays, relief assignments, and without choice of location consistent with their seniority. Applicant may be assigned per seniority to work in Hammond starting in 2024 depending on service and seniority.

Minimum Educational & Age Requirements: High school or GED equivalent; eighteen (18) years of age.

Other Requirements: 

  1. Must be in good physical health to fulfill the essential functions of the assignment, with or without reasonable accommodations. 
  2. Must be able to pass engineer licensing requirements, rules examinations, and all other requirements of the training programs for cleaner and terminal carman assignments.
  3. Must be able to read, write, and communicate clearly and fluently so as to understand and follow the General Code of Operating Rules, communicate essential operational and safety information, and pass periodic rule/safety/technical examinations.
  4. Mechanical aptitude, experience operating heavy moving machinery, experience with cleaning, good physical strength and endurance, and good interpersonal skills when interacting with supervisors, fellow employees, and passengers.
  5. Flexible about unexpected changes in work assignments or priorities.
  6. Ability to work in Michigan City, Hammond (in 2024), Gary, or Chicago based on seniority  and needs of the service. For work in Gary or Chicago, employees have a pass to use NICTD trains. However, the time in travel to and from the assignment is not paid.
  7. Valid motor vehicle license and reliable transportation to and from Michigan City, Indiana,  or the station where they board NICTD trains for work in Gary or Chicago.
  8. Must be able to pass drug test, physical examination, and satisfactory background check as a condition subsequent to any offer of employment.
  9. Persons with prior railroad employment must be presently employed by a railroad or be able to provide written evidence of their furlough for economic reasons or written evidence establishing that they are eligible to be rehired.

Environmental Conditions: Work is outdoors in all weather conditions and at all times throughout the day or night. Almost all positions are on the night shift (10 p.m. – 6 a.m.).   Work is done on significantly uneven surfaces and may require work on snow or ice covered ground during winter. Levels of activity vary from moderate to intense. Stressful situations may occur. Exposure to heat, humidity, cold, rain, sleet, snow, and wind is common.

Experience Relevant To Position (preferred but not required to apply): Cleaning work on own or as part of a cleaning crew, experience in factory or fleet maintenance, heavy equipment operation, railroad mechanical or operating experience, successful work with varying shifts or night shifts, prior licensing for positions in the truck, airline, or rail industry, outdoor or varying shifts in military service.

Applicant Referral Instructions: Click HERE to apply on line.  Complete the on-line application form and testing. You may also upload a resume and cover letter. NICTD will not consider and will not respond to any person who does not complete the application form and the two screening tests.  IMPORTANT NOTE – READ THIS: You must NOT have applied for this opportunity in 2020 or 2021. If you are a first time applicant, or someone who did not apply in 2020 or 2021, you are eligible to apply. If you have previously applied on line prior to January 1, 2020, you must FIRST contact Ms. Shelly Winn at shelly.winn@nictd.com or (219) 874-4221 ext. 253 to re-set your on-line record to accept a second application. Applicants who do not complete the on-line application form (with or without resume) and questionnaire on or before 11:59 a.m., Friday, July 2, 2021 will not be considered.   NICTD does not accept requests for interviews or faxed/mailed/hand delivered resumes. This is a rolling application process; apply early to ensure consideration. The District reserves the option to close this application process at any time prior to the stated deadline. 

THE SOUTH SHORE LINE (NICTD) IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER