Mine Safety and Health Specialist (Safety)

US Department of Labor - Duluth, MN4.0

Full-time
Duties
Summary
DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Duluth, MN.

  • This position is at the full performance level.
  • This position is inside the bargaining unit.
Responsibilities
Provides expert advice and recommendations to the District Manager on matters related to mine health and safety in the District, with emphasis in the safety program, policy, and procedures areas. Assists the District Manager in implementing National and District level health and safety policy with responsibility for the safety program areas. Monitors and assists the inspectorate in the application of new or revised safety policies or procedures affecting sampling, evaluation of analytical results, and determining compliance. Assists the District Manager in achieving the national GPRA goals.

Has primary responsibility for and monitors all safety-related functions, operations, and facilities within the District. Prepares periodic and special reports and other statistical material upon which the review and evaluation of the District's performance is based. Acts as liaison and consultant to the field offices to ensure consistency of interpretation and implementation of the various National and District safety programs. Reviews all special safety reports for technical competency and compliance with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act), and edits or recommends approval as appropriate. Surveys safety equipment, supplies, etc., necessary for the District to perform Inspection and Investigation activities.

Provides expert technical assistance to the District Manager, District staff, field offices, and the mining industry concerning the identification of known and/or potential safety hazards. Incumbent analyzes and suggests revisions or approval of plans submitted by mines for their compliance with current rules and regulations; keeps the supervisors informed through statistics, suggestions, and advice on plans and revisions; accompanies inspectors or supervisor as an expert advisor or consultant on special inspections in mines and plants.

Assists in and/or prepares and ·conducts safety-related training courses for the District inspectorate explaining MSHA policy and procedures. Assists the District in developing plans and procedures for the implementation of policy directives.

Provides Compliance Assistance to the mining industry within the district and participates actively in the promotion of health and safety in the mining industry and MSHA by representing the District and addressing or actively participating in meetings, symposia, seminars, conferences, and public hearings to obtain or provide safety information of concern to MSHA. Represents the District at safety- related conferences with State or Federal agencies, as well as mine operators and employees with respect to the proper administration and enforcement activities of the office. Participates on MSHA safety committees, and task forces as a District representative to provide technical/enforcement advice and recommendations.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required
25% or less - Moderate travel required by any means Government, public or private transportation.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13 - This position is at the Full Promotion Potential (FPL).

Job family (Series)
1822 Mine Safety And Health Inspection Series

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
Subject to drug test prior to appointment
Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
Requires a valid drivers license.
Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
Medical Requirements
Applicants and employees must be physically able to perform arduous duties efficiently and without hazard to themselves or others. Medical examination is required for all applicants for positions that involve regular or intermittent performance of inspection, investigation, rescue duties, or duties involving on-site visits. Medical conditions that constitute a hazard to safe and efficient job performance are disqualifying. The presence of medical disorders that would be aggravated by the environmental conditions of these positions and thereby hinder safe and efficient job performance are also disqualifying.

Remediable defects and/or curable diseases will not permanently disqualify an applicant for appointment, but may result in the applicant's suspension from the appropriate list of eligibles pending submission of medical evidence or correction of the condition.

Uncorrected distant vision must test at least 20/50 Snellen in one eye and 20/70 in the other, correctable with eyeglasses (contact lenses are not acceptable) to at least 20/30 Snellen in one eye and 20/50 in the other. Near vision must be sufficient to read without strain printed material the size of typewritten characters Normal depth perception and field of vision are required, as is the ability to distinguish basic colors.

Applicants, with or without the use of a hearing aid, must have no hearing loss in either ear of more than 40 decibels in the 500, 1000, or 2000 Hz ranges.

Qualifications
Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is experience in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position (experience performing mine safety and health inspection, analysis and evaluation of health/safety aspects of mining agency programs). Examples of creditable experience include: direct on-site inspection; special accident investigation; development of mine safety and health standards; data analysis and evaluation of operational mine safety and health programs; special assessments; and development of industry-wide training or safety and health awareness programs.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g. professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies.

Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.

Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; uses sound reasoning to arrive at conclusions; finds alternative solutions to complex problems; distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical judgments.

Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Planning and Evaluating: Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

Reading: Understands and interprets written material, including, technical material, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, or tables; applies what is learned from written material to specific situations.

Mine Safety & Health: Knowledge of the enforcement activities and subsequent policies, and regulations required under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.

Education
There is no education requirement and/or substitution for this position.

Additional information
DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

All MSHA employees and their spouses, and minor children are prohibited by regulation from having any interest, direct or indirect, in any mine or mining company which may be directly affected by the work of MSHA through its investigations, technical research, or other activities. These interests are prohibited under the Department of Labor's Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct Regulations at 5 CFR 5201.105. Certain MSHA employees are required to file a financial disclosure report. For questions, please contact the vacancy contact on this announcement.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) Authorization No. DOL-1

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the above listed evaluation factors and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

Categories (examples below)
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category "A" or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

Required Documents
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

  • Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
  • Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
  • Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted
Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Benefits

Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.