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Founded in 1969, Herzog is headquartered in St. Joseph, Missouri, with a satellite office in Fort Worth, Texas.


Over the course of our 50+ year history, Herzog has become a national leader in the construction, operations and maintenance of commuter rail, light rail, streetcar, and freight rail projects. 


We believe our culture is at the heart of our existence. It is that belief which empowers every member of our professional family to act with purpose and passion as they advance their career throughout their personal pursuit of excellence.


Backed by over five decades of experience, Herzog delivers exceptional customer service and elite results. 


Our success is the outcome of our relentless pursuit of excellence, our passion for our customers, safety without compromise, and a deep-rooted belief in the power of team.


We invite you to join us on our journey to excellence as we work to be better today than yesterday and better tomorrow than today.
Herzog Railroad Services, Inc. is currently taking applications for Ballast Systems Specialists across EasternCentral, and Western United States.  This unique career opportunity is ideally suited for “Road Warriors” interested in nationwide travel. 


Herzog Ballast Systems Specialists use state of the art technology to provide ballast maintenance to the Class 1 Railroads all across the United States. This career opportunity offers paid training, competitive salary starting at $60,000 annually, per diem of $140/day, a fully equipped, late model pickup truck and fuel card.


At Herzog we go the extra mile to meet our customer’s needs.  If you are mechanically inclined, like working with technology, highly detailed and enjoy getting paid to travel this may be the career for you.  If interested in a career with Herzog see below for more information and to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

*This is a non-exhaustive overview of the job duties for this position.

  • Survey track with specially designed software.
  • Unload ballast from trains using patented automated software.
  • Repair automation and system components using basic hand tools.
  • Troubleshoot electrical, hydraulic and GPS components.
  • Compile reports and data and routinely upload to home office.
  • Coordinate work schedule with Railroad, Field Supervisor and home office.
  • Regular and consistent engagement, participation and promotion of Herzog’s Culture and its essential behaviors are a requirement for this position
  • Regular and predictable attendance and punctuality are a requirement for this position.
  • Other duties as assigned

Travel Requirements:

  • Extensive travel is required (26 days out is standard with paid 9 days off in between)


While paid training is provided some basic experience and interest in mechanical maintenance and computer systems is required.  However, our patented system is unique in the industry, and we will train the right candidate who is interested in travel and motivated to learn and grow.  Here are the basic requirements of this position:

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age. 
  • Basic mechanical ability required.
  • Must provide basic hand tools.
  • Experience with computers, hydraulics, and electrical systems are a plus.
  • Railroad experience is a plus but not required.
  • Extensive travel is required (26 days out is standard with paid 9 days off in between)
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Must provide steel toe boots (safety vest, glasses and hardhat provided)
  • Must be able to cover travel expenses (if required) until 1st paycheck is processed (approximately 7-10 after start date)
  • Valid driver’s license

Pre-Employment Requirements:

  • Pass and maintain e-RAILSAFE pre-employment background check and safety certification. 
  • Subject to motor vehicle report review.
  • Maintain valid driver’s license and endorsements as required per position.
  • Pass pre-employment DOT physical, medical evaluation, and drug screen due to the safety sensitive nature of this position
    • This position requires you to pass and maintain a DOT medical evaluation to drive a Herzog commercial vehicle. 
  • Must successfully pass color/vision examinations as required by the position.
  • Successfully complete and maintain any required safety certification and testing on an annual basis.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described below must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions of this role. This position will be physically demanding at times. This is a non-exhaustive overview of the physical requirements of this job.

  • Work in extreme all-weather conditions; uneven surfaces; safety sensitive work environment.
  • Able to walk on uneven surfaces over sometimes great distances while maintaining balance.
  • Occasionally lift up to 50 pounds overhead; occasionally carry weight up to 75 pounds up to 10 feet.
  • Regularly push-pull with forces up to 50 pounds.
  • Regularly use hands to perform activities involving grasping, turning, holding with forces up to 50 pounds.
  • Regularly ascend and descend steps with a height of 28 inches carrying up to 25 pounds.
  • Regularly ascend and descend a 7-rung ladder while carrying up to 25 pounds.
  • Frequently bend, crouch, stand and sit for extended time.
  • Must successfully pass color/vision examinations as required by the position.
  • Must be able to hear and distinguish auditory signals.
  • Able to work in conditions with loud noise; work on/around heavy/moving machinery.



  • Herzog is nationally recognized for its excellent corporate safety record which results from all employees at all levels, in all positions adhering to established policies and procedures. Reporting any and all safety violations to your immediate supervisor is a prerequisite for continued employment. Safety diligence by all results in a safe work environment for all.



  • Herzog offers a robust benefits package including medical and dental coverage. The plans are specific to projects and locations.


Why Herzog:

Led by our beliefs and executed through our behaviors, at Herzog we build upon each other’s contributions by collaborating to make great things possible.


When you join Herzog, we give you the ability and authority to do the same. We will help you take charge of your 20 square feet in a manner that you will facilitate your growth and advancement as a person, as a member of our professional family and in your career.


If you are interested in joining our team, click the Apply button below to start an application.


It is the policy of Herzog Railroad Services, Inc. to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, age, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military status, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.