Track Laborer (Twin Falls, ID; Minden, LA; Toledo, OH; Houston, TX; Madison and Wausau, WI)

Track Laborer (Twin Falls, ID; Minden, LA; Toledo, OH; Houston, TX; Madison and Wausau, WI)


The track laborer position will be required to safely and efficiently inspect, repair, and maintain the railroad track infrastructure to insure safe and efficient service to our customers.  This is a manual labor position, which requires that the individual becomes proficient in the following skills, duties, and requirements within a prescribed training and introductory period.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned, as requested or required.

  1. Inspect, unload, load, distribute, pick-up, install cross ties, switch ties, other track material and ballast
  2. Inspect, unload, distribute, load, pick-up, install, grind, and transpose rail
  3. Inspect, load, unload, distribute, pick-up, remove, construct, maintain and repair turnouts
  4. Inspect, patrol, construct, install, retire, remove, surface, gauge, line and shift track
  5. Inspect, protect, flag, construct, install, maintain, and repair road crossings
  6. Inspect, protect, flag, construct, install, maintain, repair, paint, renew and replace bridges
  7. Inspect, protect, flag, maintain, repair and construct culverts and tunnels
  8. Inspect, dismantle, remove, maintain, repair and paint station facilities
  9. Inspect, test, maintain, repair, construct and install scales
  10. Inspect, remove, maintain, repair, construct, and install right of way, sand and snow fences
  11. Inspect, construct, install, maintain, clean and paint signs
  12. Cut and dispose of vegetation
  13. Clean debris from switches
  14. Remove snow or other foreign materials from track infrastructure
  15. Accurate and timely reporting as required
  16. Read and accurately interpret company documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and federal and state regulations
  17. Communicate professionally and effectively
  18. Must acquire a comprehensive understanding of track authority
  19. Comply with performance metrics measurements and deadlines
  20. Practice safe work habits and follow company and industry policies, procedures and regulations
  21. Respond promptly to any accident, incident, or emergency call


  • High school education or general education (GED) or 3 to 6 months job-related experience; or equivalent of education and experience
  • Must be 18 years or older

Certificates and Licenses:

  • The team member must possess a valid driver’s license with no restrictions
  • The team member must be able to pass Track Ground School, GCOR Written Test, Roadway Worker Protection Written Test, Fall Protection Written Test, Maintenance of Way Safety Written Test, MSHA/OSHA Training and Certification (if required on site)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must have the ability to apply common sense and understanding to carry out written and oral instructions
  • Must have the ability to write legibly
  • Must be able to perform duties that require heavy lifting
  • Must be willing to work outdoors in varying weather conditions
  • Must be able to have a flexible work schedule
  • Must have the ability to recognize problems
  • Must have knowledge of Roadway Protection Rules
  • Must have a broad understanding of railroad operations

Physical Demands: 

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Work Environment:

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  The team member is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions and elements, noise, and fumes from gas, oil, and grease.

Watco has a reputation for putting people first. In fact, our company was named to Forbes’ 2021 list of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers.

Working at Watco means working in the exciting field of transportation and supply chain logistics. We’re involved in domestic and international operations that are expanding all the time. Working at Watco also means a supportive, collaborative environment where you can learn and build a career.

And you’ll find that safety is at the heart of everything we do. We look out for our team members’ safety and the safety of the people in the communities where we work.

In addition to these strengths, we offer competitive pay and industry-leading benefits that include health insurance and a company-match 401(k) plan.

Come to Watco and join a team where you’ll leave each day knowing you’ve made a difference.


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Learn more about Watco Companies, LLC here.