Mine Safety and Health Administration Mine Safety and Health Inspector in United States
Summary OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: This announcement provides the Agency with a readily available source of applicants when vacancies occur. Eligibility and qualifications will be verified when there is a vacancy for the location and grade for which you applied.Notice of available opportunities and application due dates will be posted on this announcement when available. Please visit "Next Steps" section for a notification on cut dates and locations. This position is inside the bargaining unit. Responsibilities For the GS-05 Participates with a senior inspector in the preparation, conducting, and reporting of onsite safety and health inspections and investigations of surface and underground mining operations as applicable, preparation plants, mills, and related facilities. Prepares equipment and instruments needed for inspections and investigations, and assists in conducting the more routine segments of the inspection or investigation such as calculating and reporting results of sampling, and inspecting documents for accuracy and compliance. Prepares written reports of preliminary findings through inspections and investigation. For the GS-07 Participates with a senior inspector in the preparation, conducting, and reporting of onsite safety and health inspections and investigations of surface and underground mining operations as applicable, preparation plants, mills, and related facilities. Prepares equipment and instruments needed for inspections and investigations, and assists in conducting the more routine segments of the inspection or investigation such as calculating and reporting results of sampling, and inspecting documents for accuracy and compliance. Prepares written reports of preliminary findings through inspections and investigation. For the GS-09 Participates with a senior inspector in conducting onsite safety and health inspections and investigations of surface and underground mining operations as applicable, preparation plants, mills, and related facilities. Independently conducts the more routine aspects of the inspection or investigation where the mining processes, systems, methods and equipment are known and familiar to him/her, and normally present no unusual conditions or problems. Prepares written reports of inspections and investigations including notices of violations and orders of withdrawal. Work Environment: The incumbent inspects and/or investigates both surface and underground mining operations as applicable, which is a very hazardous and stressful work environment surrounded by a high risk of exposure to potentially dangerous situations. In addition to the characteristically dark, wet, and cramped environment, underground mines contain noxious gases and fumes, and the danger of potentially explosive dust or gases, electrical fires, roof falls, and exposure to radiation. Requirements Conditions of Employment Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen. Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level. Appointment to this position may require a background investigation. Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met. Requires a valid drivers license. Requires medical exam and must maintain physical requirements. Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests. Subject to financial disclosure requirements (GS-09 and above). This position requires an initial medical examination and reoccurring medical examinations throughout employment in this position, as a condition of employment. If you refuse the medical examination, do not submit required medical documentation, or do not meet the medical requirements of the position (with or without a reasonable accommodation), the job offer will be rescinded, you will not be extended a final job offer, or you may be removed from the position and from Federal service. The legal authority to conduct medical examinations is found under 5 CFR § 339.301 - Authority to require an examination. Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements. Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentation of proof of vaccination or to be in the process of requesting an exception to the vaccination requirement before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request to be considered for a legally required exception from this requirement. Currently, implementation and enforcement of Executive Order 14043 has been suspended pursuant to an injunction pending further litigation. Qualifications Mine Safety and Health Inspector, GS-1822-05 Applicant must have three (3) years of general experience as defined below, or completion of a 4-year course of study above high school in any field, or equivalent combinations of education and experience. General experience is experience that provided a knowledge of Mining operations, e.g., as a miner; or comparable working environments, such as construction, excavation, or heavy equipment operation, or of health or safety inspection or investigation in industrial settings; or maintaining engine-driven machinery or equipment; or electrical equipment or electrical systems. Completion of an apprenticeship training program in a recognized trade or craft related to the position is acceptable as general experience. Education for GS-5: Completion of Four years of undergraduate study or bachelor's degree in any field. A combination of education and experience listed above and the total percentage must equal at least 100%. Mine Safety and Health Inspector, GS-1822-07 One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade levelin the Federal Service, as defined below orOne (1)full academic year of graduate level education asdefined below. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for positions and grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable. Specialized experience is on-site safety/health inspection, analysis, monitoring, or evaluation work in occupational health, or mining or closely related industries, such as building construction, excavation, and heavy industrial plant settings.Examples of creditable experience in relatednon-mining work include work that provided the applicant with knowledge ofground control at building sites, safe worksite practices, and/or environmental conditions that affect the health of workers at foundries, mills or other inherently dangerous industrial settings. For example, performance of safety and health inspection work at a steel mill would qualify at this grade level, but agricultural inspection work would not. Education for GS-07: Graduate education in fields such as mining engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, environmental engineering, industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, geology, chemistry, or other fields of study related to mine safety and health work. Mine Safety and Health Inspector, GS-1822-09 One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service, as defined below or Two (2) full academic years of graduate level education or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a field of study defined below. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for positions and grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable. Specialized experienceis mining, mine engineering, or on-site mine safety and health inspection experience performing a full range of tasks and operating a variety of equipment in underground or surface mines, or mineral processing plants. This includes practical mining experience in planning, installing, operating, monitoring, or maintaining a system or equipment for extracting the ore from the earth. Specialized experience should include extensive hands-on mining experience that provided the applicant with a comprehensive knowledge of mining methods, equipment, and occupational health and safety hazards. Specifically, applicants should have knowledge of the transportation of materials and workers, ventilation in closed spaces, ground control, roof control (for underground positions), handling and storage of hazardous materials, worksite safety practices, worksite environmental conditions that affect the health of workers, and /or accident prevention. Education for GS-09: Graduate education in fields such as mining engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, environmental engineering, industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, geology, chemistry, or other fields of study related to mine safety and health work. 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. Education Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information. Additional Information THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT.Applicants will be reviewed for eligibility and qualifications and referred throughout the vacancy announcement period or at management's request.Notice of available opportunities and application due dates will be posted when available.Final disposition will be completed once all positions have been filled or the announcement reaches the end of the open period.This vacancy announcement may be extended, and cut-off dates may be updated. These are not remote work positions. If selected, you will be expected to report to an MSHA office. To see where MSHA offices are located, clickhere.You may select and rank up to five duty locations for which you wish to be considered; final duty location for each position will be determined at the time of selection. The salary for each location may vary depending on locality. Locality tables my be found athttps://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/. Positions filled from this announcement may be a bargaining unit position represented by either Local-12 or NCFLL depending upon duty location. Department of Labor may use certain incentives and hiring flexibilities, currently offered by the Federal government to attract highly qualified candidates. Additional information is available athttps://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-and-leave-flexibilities-for-recruitment-and-retention/ 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. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf, blind, or have speech disabilities, please dial 711 to access telecommunications relay services. 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. For questions, please contact the vacancy contact listed on this announcement. All MSHA Inspectors are required to file within 30 days of the 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 Department of Labor may use certain incentives and hiring flexibilities, currently offered by the Federal government to attract highly qualified candidates. Additional information is available at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-and-leave-flexibilities-for-recruitment-and-retention/ Student Loan Repayment and/or Relocation may be authorized.