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Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

Western Area Power Administration

This is a Full-time position in Bismarck, ND posted April 15, 2021.

Summary(SeeFrequently Asked Questionsfor more information).Where would I be working?Western Area Power AdministrationUpper Great Plains Region; Safety (B0700)Bismarck, NDFind out more about living conditions at thisduty station.ResponsibilitiesThis is a regional Safety and Occupational Health Specialist position. The incumbent assists the Regional Safety and Occupational Health Manager in planning, developing, and directing activities of the Region’s safety, and occupational health programs and provides guidance to managers, supervisors, and western employees in accomplishing the objectives of the safety program. This work includes inspecting, investigating, recording, analyzing, and reporting, related to the safe operation, maintenance, and construction of high voltage transmission lines, substations, and related facilities. Western Area Power Administration (Western) employees perform operation and maintenance (O) functions, while construction is generally performed by employees working under contract. Many activities routinely include high hazard operations, such as working at heights and/or in proximity of energized high voltage electrical equipment; operation of heavy construction and special purpose equipment; and transportation of personnel and equipment in rotary-wing aircraft. This safety program involves a wide variety of functions that are in place to identify and minimize or eliminate hazards to employees, contractors, and the public.RequirementsConditions of EmploymentU.S. CitizenshipThis employer participates in the e-Verify programSee “Other Information” section regarding Selective Service requirementsIf you are using education to qualify, youMUST submit your transcriptsor you will not be considered under education.QualificationsYou must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTSA qualified candidate’s online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.GS-11:One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-09 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as: experience supporting a safety program and knowledge of safety and health standards, laws, codes, policies for employees engaged in a high voltage utility industry. Experience communicating safety practices to employees, contractors, and management officials to ensure safety hazards are addressedOR, Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR, Three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR, LL.M., if related to this field.GS-12:One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is defined as:experience assisting in the management of a safety program and applying knowledge of safety and health standards, laws, codes, policies for employees engaged in a broad range of high hazard functions directly related to the construction, operation and maintenance of facilities that contain high voltage power systems. Experience communicating safety practices to craft employees, contractors, and management officials to ensure safety measures are in place for safe operation in the maintenance of facilities that contain high voltage.Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write “see resume” in your application! Knowledge of Safety Occupational Health practices in a high voltage environmental sufficient to guide, counsel, and direct construction, maintenance, and operations.Skill in communicating safety practices to craft employees, contractors, and management officials to ensure adequate protective measures are employed in operations.Knowledge of OSHA and other regulations to ensure compliance with Federal and state requirements.Ability to investigate incidents and prepare analyses and reports. “Experience” refers to paidandunpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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,includingvolunteer experience.Time-in-Grade:Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirementsby the closing dateof this announcement to receive consideration.CTAP/ICTAP candidates:To be considered “well qualified” you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.You must meetallqualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.EducationAt the GS-11 level only if you are not qualifying based on specialized experience:Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.Foreign educationmust be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, seethe Department of Education website.the Department of Education website.Additional InformationNew employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check.More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page,Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don’t have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.If selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.The selectee for this position may be eligible to receive a relocation incentive. You will need to sign an employment agreement to be eligible for this incentive.If you are tentatively selected for this position, you will be required to have a physical examination at Federal expense that will determine whether you are qualified to perform the duties of the position. An offer of employment will depend upon your successfully passing the physical examination.