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Hazardous Materials Officer

Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) are now CPKC. As the only truly North American railway, we are making big moves! Drawing on our strong foundations and heritage, CPKC moves essential goods across our 20,000-mile network to support economic growth throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Be a part of history as we connect a continent and create exciting career opportunities across our new transnational network. Visit to learn about the CPKC advantage, our purpose and culture.



To provide expertise, instruction, and direct emergency management response functions for CPKC and outside agencies involving actual or potential releases of dangerous commodities/hazardous materials. Plan, organize and direct corporate activities related to dangerous commodities, risk management, loss prevention, and loss reduction and ensure a safe environment for the public and employees. Support inter-departmental operations related to Dangerous Commodities/HazMat and are be able to safely and physically respond to sensitive incidents. 



  • Ensuring a safe, cost effective response to hazardous and non-hazardous materials emergencies allowing the safe operation of trains
  • Plan and execute courses of action necessary to facilitate the successful conclusion to an uncontrolled release of a dangerous commodity and return the railway and the impacted community to normal operations
  • Manage emergency responders competencies through identification of deficiencies, implementing and providing training and ensuring proper equipment maintenance
  • Act as a liaison between the company, various Government regulatory agencies, customers and shippers to ensure the interests of the company are maintained with regards to the management of dangerous commodities
  • Manage company dangerous commodity operational issues within their respective geographical territories by implementing and administering government and company procedures for the safe transportation of dangerous commodities
  • Manage all correspondence concerning accidents, leaking or defective containers/equipment and /or violations involving dangerous commodities reportable to Transport Canada, United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) and Transportation Safety boards (US and Canada) and appropriate Mexican government authorities
  • Manage, plan and execute emergency response drills for employees, contractors, customers and the community
  • Develop and provide training to internal personnel, contractors, provincial, state, county and local governments on various railroad and dangerous commodity issues
  • Audit customers shipments and observes operations at tank car shipper loading and unloading facilities to ensure conformance to tank car specifications, securement and documentation



  • Preferred Bachelor  of Science degree in Environmental, Occupational Safety and Health, Industrial Hygiene, Fire Science or related field - preferred but not required
  • Two (2) to Five (5) years previous experience – preferred
  • Mechanical railroad or HazMat experience
  • Tank Car expertise preferred with understanding of railroad operations preferred;
  • Applying knowledge to railway operations
  • Advance Tank Car Specialist experience a plus prior knowledge and/or experience in Emergency Response preferred
  • Good communication and problem solving skills
  • Must be willing to be on call and travel within an assigned territory
  • Demonstrate the ability to Prepare, Plan, and Prioritize
  • Ability to speak in front of varied, dynamic groups of people required
  • Ability to work and communicate with all levels of management and Federal agencies required
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, demanding work environment required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of IMDG and 49 CFR
  • Ability to manage budgets and capital projects as assigned.
  • Strong computer skills, specifically MS Office required
  • Demonstrated capability to manage the mitigation of leaking HazMat cars
  • Able to implement Incident Command and obtain NIMS100, 200 and 300 and above as needed
  • Ability to prepare filed reports
  • Firefighting Service and/or Wildland Fire experience is an asset
  • Credibility with Operations & Regulators




  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Employer Funded Retirement Plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy
  • Part-time Studies Program



As an employer with North American presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.


Medical Requirements:
CPKC is committed to the safety and health of its employees and the general public.  This position is a  sensitive position all new hires will be required to complete a pre-employment medical that includes a physical, vision, hearing, alcohol, and drug audit assessments. Qualification drug test(s) are also required.


Drug Test Elements:

CPKC is committed to the safety and health of its employees and the general public.  All new hires are required to undergo a drug screen.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping CPKC safe and drug free. 


Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:       


  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check
  • Last 3 years of driving history
  • Last 7 years of employment history; includes military service
  • Social Security number verification


Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CPKC. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.


CPKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, inclusive of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. 


  • Req ID: 101602
  • Department: Corporate Risk
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Winona, Minnesota
  • Country: United States
  • % of Travel:
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Grade: 4
  • Job Available to: Internal & External






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