Safety & Training Specialist

New Orleans, Louisiana

As a leader on the inland river system, we are continually looking to add outstanding talent to our team. Whether you are interested in a dynamic position at our fleets, on our vessels, or shoreside, we offer fulfilling career opportunities for you at Turn Services.

Turn Services has an opening for a Safety & Training Specialist.
The Safety & Training Specialist will be coordinating as Turn Services subject matter expert for all regulatory, safety, and environmental compliance at all Turn Services motor vessels in the fleet. Duties include safety and environmental inspections, internal audits of systems and equipment, and ensuring compliance with Company, Federal, and State regulations.


This position is intended to provide the following benefit to Turn Services:

  1. Ensure maximum regulatory compliance to support Turn Service’s Goal Zero initiative.

  2. Maintain the “big picture” for critical operational safety and environmental issues across the fleet of motor vessels.

  3. Reduce the risk of tunnel vision by providing a second set of eyes during routine operations including internal safety and environmental audits/surveys/inspections.

  4. Enhance management awareness, oversight, and support of field operations to best facilitate safe operations and environmental compliance through robust/consistent interaction with all motor vessels in the Turn Service fleet.

  5. Directly support the identification and subsequent sharing of operational safety and environmental best practices among the motor vessel fleet.

Duties will include the following operational safety and environmental compliance activities:

  1. Continually improve, evaluate, implement, and maintain health, safety, and environmental policies and procedures to protect employees and comply with company, state, federal and local regulations.

  2. Manage facility workplace incident investigations to include responding to and reporting all incidents, incident investigations, determining root cause, establishing recurrence prevention plans, and follow-through.

  3. Maintain relevant reports, logs, and documentation respective to safety, environmental, and training requirements.

  4. Assist operations management in the continuous improvement of safety and environmental efforts in all assigned locations.

  5. Conduct regular unannounced walk-throughs of work areas and talk to the personnel to identify their concerns.

  6. Communicate safety and health issues to the workers in a manner to help them understand why they are important and addressing them is for their benefit.

  7. Continuously audit and improve crew member participation in proactive safety efforts which includes but is not limited to; safety meetings, emergency drills, work observations, training, and near-miss reporting.

  8. Assist in emergency response and provide first aid guidance as needed.

  9. Keep updated on safety and environmental regulation changes that affect the organization.

  10. Track and coordinate the completion of all required training.

  11. Provide training on safety and environmental topics as required.

  12. Audit training effectiveness through crew member interviews and facility observations. What is taught vs what is demonstrated and known in the field.

  13. Provide recommendations and assist in the continual improvement of safety and training.


  • At least one year of relevant experience in safety or in the maritime work environment on a motor vessel.


  • High School or GED. Some college a plus.


  • Possess effective communication skills to interact with facility personnel at all levels

  • Be physically fit to perform all essential physical demands of this job safely

  • Demonstrate safe work practices

  • An advocate of the team concept

  • Commitment to customer service

  • Must comply with all operational directives and company policies

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license and insurance.

  • Ability to maintain a TWIC card.

  • Must be able to effectively read/write/communicate in English

  • Ability to multi-task

  • Basic safety, first aid, and CPR

  • Attention to detail

  • Commitment to customer service

  • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment

  • Ability to work extended hours and to be on-call 24 hours a day

  • PC Skills; Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access)

  • Ability to prioritize and adhere to stringent deadlines

  • Able to adapt to changes in process and procedure

  • Time Management

  • Confidentiality

  • Ability to problem solve

  • Critical Thinking

  • Quality Assurance

  • Ability to lead others

  • Must be a self-starter

Professional office and field-based locations in a marine environment. The incumbent will be subject to moving vessels, mechanical parts, vibrations, fumes, odors, dust, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures, and loud noises. The incumbent will work in all weather conditions ranging from warm/hot-cool/cold as well as occasional rain. Will work at different elevations, noise levels will be moderate-high. The job site will consist of docks, vessels, barges, and other marine frontages. The vessels will contain small to large equipment, materials, communication equipment, and tools

Office environment with computer use is essential.

Very moderate Work: Exerting in excess of 50 lbs. of force occasionally, and/ or in excess of 25 lbs. frequently, and/ or in excess of 20 lbs. of force constantly to move objects. The physical nature of the work will vary from day to day based on required duties; however, the job will require the incumbent to be able to perform: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, typing, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motion. The incumbent will also be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) where applicable including, but not limited to a hard hat, eyewear, safety vests, gloves, masks/ respirators (when necessary), and steel-toe boots. Incumbent must be able to withstand long periods of prolonged standing, walking, and/or sitting. The incumbent will be required to climb up and down stairs/ladders on a moving vessel, climb to/from the vessel, to/from barges, in a high/low situation, all while carrying a backpack of 20 pounds. Incumbents must also be able to sit on a deck and work on a computer for long periods.


  • Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

  • Must possess a Valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s License

  • The selected candidate must pass a pre-employment drug screening and background investigation to be hired for the position.

  • Reliable/Dependable transportation