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field ops leadership


Norfolk Southern field operations leaders keep America moving with dedication and teamwork. In return, we offer exceptional benefits, compensation, and opportunities to grow.

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Moving the Weight of the World

The weight of the world moves on rail, but it doesn’t move itself. Thousands of skilled workers keep it going. And they do it with grit, heart, and dedication.


We’re looking for field operations leaders to help lead our craft railroaders in moving tons upon tons of freight safely for our nation every day.

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A career that moves you and America forward

Becoming a leader for our field operations teams places you in a role where you can make an impact, work in a fast-paced environment, and use your skills to have a hands-on role in making a difference for your team, your career, and America.

Careers that move you

We welcome all experience areas and backgrounds, and we will provide you with all the tools needed to learn the railroad, how we operate, and how you can power a successful career with us. We value diverse backgrounds and experiences, all the ways you have demonstrated leading from the front, no matter your background.

Leaders in our field operations conduct their shifts in a mostly outdoor setting supporting our 24/7, 365 operations, helping our teams on the front lines move America’s freight. Opportunities are available across our 22-state network.

Become a Field Operations Leader

Join Norfolk Southern and be part of moving America forward.

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We care about each other, our customers, the communities we serve, and the planet we call home. That’s who we are, in everything we do, and our decisions reflect our values.

  • Field Ops Leadership Culture

    Our Culture

    We are building a company where every employee can thrive. We know that diverse perspectives make us stronger and we’re building a culture , where everyone’s ideas matter and trust, collaboration and communication are how we all achieve our goals. 

  • Vision & Values

    Vision & Values

    Running a railroad takes vision. Ours centers on being a customer-centric, operations-driven organization. To do that means we prioritize the well-being of each other, our customers, our partners, the communities we serve, and the planet we call home.

  • Field Ops Safety


    At Norfolk Southern, everything starts with safety. From day one we train our team on safety protocols and practices to drive a safer railroad. It takes every member of the team looking out for themselves and each to reach our goal of zero accidents or injuries.


We provide the complete package with competitive pay, comprehensive benefits, and career development.

Financial Security

Our Field Operations Leadership positions offer extremely competitive compensation from your very first role with us. As a Norfolk Southern railroader, you qualify for the railroad retirement pension, as well as 401k plans, helping to ensure you and your family’s long-term financial security.

Financial Security

Career Development

We actively support the development and growth of all our employees. Through tailored training programs and extensive opportunities for career progression, Norfolk Southern seeks out to foster your advancement and cares about your success.

Career Developement


With wellness programs for physical, mental, financial, and social well-being, including comprehensive health coverage, we support our employees with programs that work best for them, their lives, and their work environment.




We offer perks to all our employees to make their work-life balance a little easier as they support their families and the communities where they live. These include discount programs for purchases big and small, and matching gifts for local organizations in employees’ communities.


Our Front Line is Waiting for Your Leadership

Power your career and join Norfolk Southern as a Field Operations Leader.

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Find Your Future

From field ops to train crews and dispatchers to specialty trades, careers at Norfolk Southern move the world.

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