Train Dispatcher

Iowa Interstate Railroad

Provide functional supervision of train crews, train movements and coordinates the on-time operation, as well as the safe and efficient movement of trains and Maintenance of Way (MOW) equipment on the railroad.  Assignments are performed according to established policies and procedures required by the railroad and federal government.                                           


  • Ensure compliance with all railroad rules, procedures, and regulations for safety, operations and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
  • Direct and coordinate railroad traffic, issue permits and authorities, monitor all rail movements and maintain accurate records of all activities.
  • Communicate with personnel on weather or any environmental conditions affecting train movement;
  • Coordinate movement of trains and maintenance equipment according to operating plan and customer needs
  • Monitor train and track movements
  • Report alleged violations of operating rules and any irregularity relating to the movement of trains
  • Plan, in advance for smooth and effective movement of priority trains, trains containing hazardous material or restricted shipments, and meets/passes to avoid unnecessary delays
  • Manage unexpected events and emergency situations to protect the public, railroad employees, and railroad property
  • Respond to safety concerns and take appropriate action
  • Maintain familiarity of the territory, including changes in the physical characteristics
  • Coordinate track usage with Engineering Department personnel
  • Accurate data input, document preparation and record maintenance of:
    • Freight inventory,
    • Hazardous material documents,
    • Train list documents, including waybills,
    • Demurrage and interchange records.
    • Cross trains as a customer service representative.
  • Maintains yard inventory and provides train and switch lists to train crews.
  • Provides accurate movement information to customers (internal and external)
  • Maintains accurate crew book. Calls crews, arranges cabs and hotel reservations.
  • See Customer Service Representative complete job description.
  • Makes positive contributions to the department and IAIS.
  • Performs other miscellaneous duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • 18 Years of age or older
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Computer literate

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associate or bachelor’s degree in business communication or a related field.
  • Experience in a dispatching role or similar coordination.
  • Prior experience in the railroad industry.

Employment Conditions:

  • Work safely, follow standard procedures, be alert and take necessary precautions to prevent on the job accidents and injuries
  • Work hours may include a nonstandard workweek (overtime, various shift work, during the week, weekend, nights and holidays)
  • Complete annual training and pass safety operating rules examination; must pass required assessments.
  • Federal regulations requires a negative pre-employment drug test and subject to random testing, reasonable suspicion testing and post-accident testing for drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Successfully pass a post-offer / pre-employment medical examination to include, hearing and vision, including color vision and physical capabilities test.
  • Ability to use analytical/organizational skills in prioritizing work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (verbally and writing) and establish good working relationships with co-workers, management, train crews and customers (internal and external).
  • Must be able to concentrate amid voice and office noise, interruptions and related stress.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively verbally and in writing.


  • Customer service (patience, attentiveness, knowledge of company/services, clear communication)
  • Verbal comprehension (understand oral and written communications)
  • Communication skills (listen, speak and write clearly and concisely)
  • Reasoning skills (problem solving and troubleshooting skills)
  • Ability to communicate clearly by radio, intercom and telephone
  • Accountability (demonstrate and communicate a high level of ownership and commitment to achieving results)
  • Basic map


  • Position involves constant (67-100%) viewing of a computer and various other types of close visual work, sitting, repetitive motion and expressing and exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word either on the telephone or in person.  Frequent (34-66%) talking or hearing in person, by radio or on the telephone.  Occasional (10-33%) stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, climbing, standing, walking and lifting and exerting up to 50 pounds. 
  • Successful candidates will travel across the IAIS system for field training to ride trains, hi-rails and automobiles. Must be able to safely climb ladders into a locomotive and to walk on ballast.  Overnight travel will occur during training and yearly review of territory.


  • Position involves working in an office setting and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions
  • Occasional exposure to noise (from diesel engines, air brake equipment, track equipment, sanders, horns, radios etc.)
  • Demonstrate auditory and visual acuity and ability to recognize colors
  • Demonstrate ability to climb ladders and walk on uneven surfaces
  • The statements stated in this job description reflect the general duties as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and job requirements typically required and should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of the job.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.  
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