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Sr Safety Specialist - Heavy Civil/Underground Construction


San Jose, CA, US Lead, SD, US Ellicott City, MD, US Newburgh, NY, US

Requisition ID: 166630 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: Underground District 

Department: Safety 

Market: Transportation 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

At Kiewit - our guiding principle for every project and in every office is - "Nobody Gets Hurt".  If you have experience working in Safety in heavy civil construction and believe in that philosophy, and create, support and reinforce the commitment to safety on your projects - we would love to talk with you.  We are hiring several Sr. Safety Specialists for Underground projects around North America, and offer a long term career in Safety with diverse project assignments.  We provide development opportunities, competitive salaries, excellent benefits and other great Safety professionals for you to work and learn from.  


In this role, you can expect to wear a lot of hats on our construction jobsites.  Our Sr. Safety Specialists are trainers in safety, strong communicators, enforcers, investigators, auditors, motivators, leaders and mentors. Our Safety personnel support and reinforce job site safety by ensuring that the project teams are following our safety guidelines and procedures.  


You can expect to support complex Underground projects in diverse market areas, such as Transportation, Power, Oil and Gas, Mining and Water/Wastewater.  We have the experience, technology and equipment to complete even the most complex tunneling projects. Our long-standing success is built on our depth of expertise, safety record, access to specialty equipment and the ability to self-perform work. Key capabilities for our underground team include tunnel boring machine operations, sequential excavation, drill and blast, shaft excavation and tunnel rehabilitation.

District Overview

The Underground District has been constructing underground facilities (tunneling, deep foundations) since 1949, and has completed more than 100 underground-related projects totaling more than $1B. We are recognized as a leader in the tunneling industry and our services include TBM Rock, TBM Soft Ground, Sequential Excavation, Drill and Blast, Shaft Excavation, Concrete, Tunnel Rehab, and Numerous Trenchless Methods.


One of the many things that makes Kiewit’s culture unique is that we go where the work is, which exposes your career to abundant opportunities. We relocate our teams based on the work that is available, combined with the development plans, skill sets and career goals of each team member. This means your Kiewit adventure is custom-designed to meet our shared needs.   Locations for projects could be in New York, Maryland/DC, South Dakota, and California.  


  • Assist in planning, organizing, and implementing district Safety Programs at project sites. Implementation would include ensuring all Staff and Craft have a clear understanding of programs. Manage programs on a go forward basis addressing areas of improvement and feedback received.
  • Understand and be able to explain facts and information related to Kiewit’s Safety Program, Policies and Site-Specific Safety Plans 
  • Plan and conduct safety orientation, other safety trainings, safety tours, workplace audits and incident response as needed.
  • Coach Safety Professionals, Foreman and Craft on proper completion of Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
  • Know Life-Changing Categories, complete Safeguard Assessments and proactively intervene if you see a potential unsafe act
  • Embody the Kiewit approach to safety, being constantly aware of conditions and work practices, being empowered to stop all unsafe work when needed.
  • Support development of Safety recognition program. Administer recognition program. 
  • Engage with members of Craft Voice in Safety (CVIS) and participate in weekly meetings
  • Understands project and type of work to appropriately review hazards and provide feedback to Front Line Supervisors
  • Train, mentor and help develop new Safety Professionals to site (Safety Specialist 2, Safety Specialist 1, Interns) 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Safety, Construction Management, or another related field and 4 years industry (Safety) experience, working on Heavy Civil Construction projects, OR 8 years (Safety) experience, working on Heavy Civil Construction projects
  • CHST preferred
  • Knowledge of construction safety, current Federal and OSHA requirements is a must. Certification of Professional or Emergency Medical Technician is also desired 
  • Experience with Underground projects highly desired
  • Experience providing safety training to others, and developing safe work plans is required
  • Experience with job hazard recognition, record keeping and injury management experience required
  • Ability to freely access all points of a construction site in wide-ranging climates and environments, around large, moving equipment and willingness to work underground and on various shifts that may include nights and weekends.
  • Willingness to relocate to project sites across the USA for an extended period of time.
  • Ability to demonstrate independent professional judgement given limited supervision
  • Strong communication skills, strong work ethics and able to work independently and as part of a team.   

Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.
•    May work at various different locations and conditions may vary

Base Compensation: $80,222 - $120,332 
(Actual compensation is subject to variation due to such factors as education, experience, skillset, and/or location)

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

Nearest Major Market: San Jose
Nearest Secondary Market: Palo Alto

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