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Amtrak seeks thousands of new employees

Amtrak's starting pay rate for all onboard service crafts is $21 per hour.
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Amtrak last week announced it has more than 4,000 employment positions open across several disciplines.

The national intercity passenger railroad is recruiting employees to work in project management, finance, technology, onboard services, electrical and customer service. More than 54 hiring events have been scheduled in fiscal-year 2023, Amtrak officials said in a press release.

Amtrak's starting pay rate for all onboard service crafts is $21 per hour. On the mechanical side, journeyman electricians start at $34.07 per hour. Amtrak offers hiring bonuses and relocation packages to fill critical positions.

In addition to the 4,000 regular, full-time positions, the railroad is also seeking to fill openings for paid internships and co-ops for undergrad and graduate students, as well as apprenticeship programs for those looking for entry-level, skilled-labor learning opportunities, Amtrak officials said.

Amtrak aims to convert 50% of all eligible interns to full-time positions, including in early career rotational programs in finance, human resources, IT, marketing, safety and engineering.

"As we connect communities, economies and families, Amtrak employees have a significant opportunity to engage in truly meaningful project work," said Qiana Spain, Amtrak’s executive vice president and chief human resource officer.

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