Mine Safety and Health Administration Mine Safety and Health Specialist in Elko, Nevada
Summary This position is located in the Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). This position provides technical health and safety staff advisory services for the District and Field offices in the administration of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (P.L. 91-173, as amended by P.L. 95-164) and monitors, coordinates, or conducts District field health work. This position is INSIDE the Bargaining Unit. This position is at the Full-Performance Level (FPL). Responsibilities Provides expert advice and recommendations to the District Manager on matters related to mine health in the District, with emphasis in the health program, policy, and procedures areas. Assists the District Manager in implementing National and District level health policy with responsibility for the health program areas. Monitors and assists the inspectorate in the application of new or revised health policies or procedures affecting sampling, evaluation of analytical results, and determining compliance. Assists the District Manager in achieving the national GPRA goals. Provides expert technical assistant to the District Manager, District staff, field offices, and industry concerning the identification of known and/or potential health hazards. Analyzes and suggests revisions or approval of plans submitted by mines for their compliance with current rules and regulations and keeps the supervisors informed through statistics, suggestions, and advice on plans and revisions. Accompanies inspectors or supervisors as an expert advisor or consultant on special inspections in mines and plants. Monitors all health-related functions, operations, and facilities within the designated field offices. Prepares periodic and special reports and other statistical material upon which the review and evaluation of the District performance is based. Prepares and conducts health related training courses for the designated field office inspectorate explaining MSHA policy and procedures. Provides Compliance Assistance to the mining industry within the district and participates actively in the promotion of health 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 health information of concern to MSHA. Represents the District at health related conferences with State or Federal agencies, as well as mine operators and employees. Participates on MSHA health committees, and task forces as a District representative to provide technical/enforcement advice and recommendations. Acts as liaison and consultant to the field offices to ensure consistency of interpretation and implementation of the various National and District health programs. Reviews all special health reports for technical competency and compliance with the Federal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1977 (Mine Act), and edits or recommends approval as appropriate. Requirements Conditions of Employment Appointment to this position may require a background investigation. Requires a valid drivers license. Subject to financial disclosure requirements. Requires medical exam and must maintain physical requirements. Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met. Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen. Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements. Qualifications Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service. Specialized Experience for this position is defined as experience performing mine safety and health inspection, analysis and evaluation of health/safety aspects of mining industry operations and processes; or evaluation, analysis or development of 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. Specialized Experience for this position includes: Experience which includes: familiarity with reviewing documents for conformance with policy; comprehensive knowledge of mining and the provisions of the Mine Act, 30 CFR, MSHA Program Policy manual, MSHA’s policies and procedures, and the District’s programs and goals; technical knowledge related to impoundments; in-depth experience with mine rescue; and the review of underground mine maps and ventilation plans. Education There is no substitution of education at the GS-12 Grade Level for this position. Additional Information Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor’s Telework Program. 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 (Mine Safety and Health Administration) 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. For questions, please contact the vacancy contact listed on this announcement. All MSHA Inspectors are required to file within 30 days of entrance of duty, and annually thereafter, a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report,OGE Form 450. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES The information you provide on your resume may be verified by a review of your work experience, employment start/end dates/hours workedand/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Office of Human Resources(OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the OHR 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 ELIGIBLE(S) 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 eligible(s) who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified." Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information. Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligible(s) will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.