Tie Down Clerk - Seattle, WA

Date:  Jun 18, 2024

SEATTLE, WA, US, 98000

Reference Number:  926 
Department: All Employees 
Closing Date:  Apply early as this job may be filled at any time.
Most communications will be done electronically.  Please check email, including spam folders, daily.

Rate of Pay: $27.80/Hourly



The primary objective of tie-down clerks is to provide assistance in loading and unloading containers and trailers from railroad flatcars. They are responsible for securing and unfastening rail containers and trailers, supporting ramp contractors, spotting inbound trains, transporting crews within ramp areas, and operating cone buggy vehicles.

Opportunities for advancement and training: Tie-down clerks who fulfill the typing requirements have the option to apply for other clerical positions (office work) that become available after one year of service.


  • Demonstrate proficiency in reading and understanding regulations and instructions in English, and exhibit strong oral communication skills.
  • Successfully complete a functional capacity examination to assess physical capabilities.
  • Engage in physically demanding work consistently, and acquire the necessary skills to operate a variety of hand tools.
  • Adhere to all safety, operational, and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations, ensuring compliance at all times.
  • Cultivate and sustain positive working relationships with colleagues, supervisors, contractors, and customers, while effectively managing conflicts that may arise.

Qualifications - Required

  • Able to help load and unload containers and trailers from railroad flatcars, securing and unfastening rail containers and trailers, assisting ramp contractor, spotting of inbound trains and hauling crews in ramp area

Qualifications - Preferred

  • Demonstrated experience working outdoors in diverse weather conditions
  • Proven ability to work effectively during various shifts, including overtime, holidays, and weekends

Physical Requirements

  • Candidates are required to successfully pass a Physical Ability Test (PAT) before being considered for employment.  This is separate from the medical exam.  For more information go to the FAQs on UP.jobs.
  • Climbing: Occasionally climb to access cars.
  • Walking: Safely walk and maintain balance on uneven surfaces.


Work Conditions

  • Applicants must have reached the age of 18 or above.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without requiring company sponsorship.
  • Must possess a reliable mode of transportation for commuting to and from work.
  • Comfortable and capable of working in close proximity to large equipment such as railcars, locomotives, and cranes.
  • Willingness to comply with company-mandated personal protective equipment (PPE) including safety glasses, safety boots, hard hats, and hearing protection.
  • Must be prepared to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Flexibility to work various shifts, overtime, holidays, and weekends as required. Union Pacific operates on a 24/7 schedule.
  • Only apply to locations where you are both willing and prepared to live and work.
  • Dedication to practicing and maintaining safe work habits at all times.


What we offer:

  • A strengths-based, engagement-focused, and performance-oriented culture
  • Ongoing learning, development, and Educational Assistance (including little to no out-of-pocket cost for online and in-person courses at the University of Nebraska at Omaha)
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with 40% match up to 5% (contribute 5% and UP will contribute 2%)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance, which are collectively bargained for through union membership
  • Wellness and Employee Assistance Programs
  • Adoption/Surrogacy Assistance, paid Maternity and Parental Leave along with nearby state-of-the-art child development center

Inclusion Statement

Union Pacific’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is based on our desire to create an environment where people can be their best, personally and professionally. Our employees are unique individuals. Our diverse perspectives come from many sources including gender, race, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status.

As America's railroad, Union Pacific has an innate responsibility to speak out against all forms of discrimination while creating an environment where all can see themselves belonging and succeeding.