Recruitment #1805-4366-001


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.   


The Safety Specialist-Senior assists in the management of the Public Works safety program by identifying safety hazards and training needs, conducting training classes and documenting safety statistics.

Essential Functions

  • Analyze work-related injuries and illnesses in order to plan and provide effective employee safety and wellness training. 
  • Review and process employee requests for Transitional Duty and Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) accommodations, coordinate alternative placement opportunities and return to work using job analysis and effective case management.
  • Supervise the placement and participation of employees in the Transitional Duty program.  
  • Serve as the Department’s liaison with the Employee Benefits Division, the City Attorney’s Office, Froedtert Workforce Health and outside agencies relative to disability claims, worker’s compensation claims, fitness for duty evaluations, ADAAA accommodations, wellness and athletic programs.
  • Plan, coordinate and conduct safety plans and training programs for employees, supervisors and managers.  
  • Perform safety evaluations, consultations and audits related to worksites, equipment, vehicles, materials, facilities and procedures.
  • Monitor enforcement of safety rules and procedures, including OSHA reporting.
  • Conduct accident/incident investigations, maintain injury/accident data and prepare corresponding reports including those specifically related to the Milwaukee Streetcar.
  • Coordinate pre-employment and random drug testing, pursuant to federal compliance requirements.
  • Enforce and implement safety and security policies and procedures related to the Milwaukee Streetcar.
  • Oversee snow and ice operations as they relate to the Milwaukee Streetcar.

Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

  • Requires residency within 15 miles of the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Milwaukee within six months of appointment pursuant to Rule III, Section 4(g) of the Rules of the City Civil Service Commission.  A map defining the jurisdictional boundary is located on the Fire and Police Commission website at:
  • Must be able to lift, move or transfer up to 50 lbs occasionally and up to 20 lbs frequently.
  • Must be able to visit and inspect worksites, which may require walking, crawling, crouching, stooping, reaching, balancing and standing.
  • Must be available at all hours to respond to and address safety concerns.
  • Must be available to work in rotation during snow and ice emergencies.  

Minimum Requirements

1.    Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Safety, Communications, Business Administration or related field from an accredited college or university.

2.     Two years of experience in employee safety and accident prevention; OR Two years of related experience researching and interpreting regulations and policies and initiating action for compliance.                                                                                     

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered. 

3.    Residency within 15 miles of the jurisdictional boundaries of the City of Milwaukee within six months of appointment   pursuant to Rule III, Section 4(g) of the Rules of the City Service Commission. A map defining the jurisdictional boundary is located on the Fire and Police Commission website at:

4.    Valid driver’s license at time of appointment and throughout employment.

5.    OSHA 510 - Standards for the Construction Industry certification AND OSHA 511 - Standards for General Industry certification, within one year of appointment and throughout employment.

IMPORTANT NOTE: College transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Transcripts should be attached to your online application. Applications without transcripts attached will be considered incomplete and will be rejected. Student/unofficial copies are acceptable; however, your transcript must be legible and include your college/university name, your name, the degree completed (if applicable), and the date completed.

Knowledges, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics

  • Knowledge of DILHR and OSHA occupational safety laws, standards and principles.
  • Ability to effectively organize, plan, coordinate, communicate and implement safety programs, training, policies and procedures.
  • Basic understanding of the physical sciences and engineering principles as they relate to safety.
  • Oral communication skills, including the ability to speak and present information at training sessions.
  • Written communication skills, including the ability to write reports and correspondence.
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain effective working relationships with a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary staff and with other agencies.   
  • Ability to work cooperatively, effectively, and fairly with coworkers and citizens whose background may differ from one’s own.
  • Motivated self- starter who demonstrates professionalism, dependability, integrity and a positive, team-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to function well under pressure, including during critical incident events involving employees.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently utilizing resources to accomplish multiple tasks according to deadlines. 

Current Salary

THE CURRENT SALARY RANGE (PAY RANGE 2EX) for City of Milwaukee residents is $48,670 – $63,426 annually, and the non-resident salary range is $47,476 – $61,870. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.

The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation        
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass  

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Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations and the Department of Public Works reserve the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.  

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical after Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide

Additional Information


  • Applications and further information can be accessed by visiting
  • Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.