Roadway Worker In Charge (Independent Contractor)

The Roadway Worker In Charge (RWIC) will work on a project-by-project basis and will monitor railroad construction projects to ensure adherence to the rules, regulations, and safety practices of the railroad industry. 

The RWIC will be an independent contractor to the NCRR and is not an employee. 


  • Provide job site protection on each project in compliance with the rules.
  • Perform daily job briefing with all individuals on the job site and ensure all individuals adhere to the safety requirements of the operating railroad. 
  • Prepare and submit required electronic forms, including but not limited to a job set-up from each flagging assignment, daily work reports, invoices, and other reports. 
  • Understand the on-track safety training and qualifications required of the roadway workers to be protected. 
  • Handle and place signs, derail, and other tools and equipment weighing 15 to 95 pounds, which may be necessary multiple times throughout the day. 
  • Actively participate in routine reoccurring safety classes and qualification training as required by regulation or any operating railroad the RWIC will work with.
  • Maintain traffic controls in all project work zones.
  • Uphold compliance with all relevant Federal, State, and Local regulations. 
  • Maintain a high level of communication with the NCRR and any entity RWIC provides services for regarding the various projects and schedules. 
  • Provide clear and concise communication with train dispatchers, train crews, and on-track equipment operators to ensure work groups are clear of working limits during train and on-track equipment movements.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to navigate various rulebooks and/or regulations and demonstrate proficiency.
  • Have excellent customer service and conflict resolution skills.
  • Have excellent analytical, problem-solving, planning, and interpersonal skills.


  • Possess at least two years of flagging experience with a Class I Railroad, Class II Railroad, Railroad Contractor, and/or Railroad Consultant.
  • Previous experience and knowledge of applicable railroad operating rules.
  • Have a satisfactory work record for the two (2) years immediately prior to the closing date of this posting, including overall employment, job performance, discipline, and safety records (infractions and/or offenses occurring after the closing of the posting and before the filling of a vacancy may preclude a contractor from consideration for selection).


  • Fieldwork time: 100%
  • Ability to travel to project locations.
  • Ability to work on-site in active railroad work zones.


  • Lift, carry, and place up to 95 pounds at times.
  • Able to complete required physical demands and tasks.
  • Able to stand for long periods, including walking on uneven ground.
  • Able to work in any and/or extreme weather conditions. 
  • Ability to work all shifts and/or locations assigned, directed, or necessary for this position, including up to twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week as necessary to accommodate severe weather conditions, emergencies, or any other circumstances that may potentially impact service within the NCRR corridor.