Occupational Safety and Health Administration Industrial Hygienist (Recent Graduate) in Billings, Montana
Summary Join the mission tofoster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees while improving working conditions, advancing opportunities for profitable employment and assuring work-related benefits and rights! This position conducts work place inspections and assesses employee exposure to health hazards as part of OSHA’s mission to ensure that workers are provided with safe and healthful workplaces. Your work has an immediate positive effect on employee’s lives! Responsibilities Be a part of Department of Labor (DOL)! This Position is located in DOL, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Billings, MT. Selectee(s) will be expected to report to the Billings office. Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement. OSHA's Mission With theOccupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created theOccupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.Join our team! Federal employment has many benefits!As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits, such as: The Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHB). This program offers health insurance for you, your spouse and your children under the age of 26. It offers many different health plan choices, so you can find a plan that works best for you and your family; Federal Employee Dental Vision Insurance Plan (FEDVIP) for a dental plan, a vision plan, or both types of insurance; life insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA); The Federal Employees Retirement System, which,after the appropriate amount of years of service and at the right age, you can retire with a basic monthly annuity. This means a defined pension plan – which many private sector companies do not offer; The Thrift Savings Plan orTSP, which is a 401K plan for Federal employees; Earn annual and sick leave every pay period to use for vacation on sick time; 11 paid Federal holidays; DOL also offers transit subsidy benefits, where you may be reimbursed for commuting; Work-life balance is also stressed! DOL recognizes various expanded workplace flexibilities intended to support and enhance aproductive workforce by providing various work schedule options that can help employees balance their responsibilities both at work and at home. Please see the Benefits link at the bottom of this announcement for further details. Positions are inside the bargaining unit, require a physical and a valid drivers license. Additional selections may be made from this announcement if funding becomes available. A recruitment bonus may be paid. Major Duties for this Position: GS-09:Provides technical industrial hygiene advice and assistance to employers, employee organizations, and others concerning industrial health hazards and possible approaches to their control; potential hazards resulting from specific work operations, facilities, and equipment. Promotes industrial practices that are consistent with the goals and principles of industrial hygiene, requiring a comprehensive knowledge of a wide variety of chemicals and other hazards, and work practices affecting employee health. Reviews laboratory analyses, and prepares reports which include findings and recommendations for control of identified hazards. Reviews and/or determines the nature of the problem and the number and type of environmental samples to be collected. Examines the effectiveness of existing control measures & collaborates with engineers, safety & occ. health specialists, & other technical personnel to develop & establish effective control measures. Obtains immediate corrective action of conditions which are of imminent danger to life or limb. Assists in the litigation process, providing agency attorneys with information necessary to support the legal defense of actions. Assigns abatement dates and follows up as necessary to ensure that required abatement measures are completed, which, in some cases, requires additional inspections. Requirements Conditions of Employment Appointment to this position may require a background investigation. Requires a valid drivers license. Requires a medical examination. U.S. Citizenship and must be at least 16 years old. Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met. Subject to drug test prior to appointment at GS-11 level. This is an appointment is under the DOL Recent Graduates program. The program duration is one year.Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the program. Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. Full performance level in the competitive service is the GS-12. Qualifications THIS POSITION HAS A INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT. ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET THIS REQUIREMENT IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED. Basic Requirements: The education must be accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: A bachelor’s or graduate/higher level degree in industrial hygiene, occupational health sciences, occupational and environmental health, toxicology, safety sciences, or related science; or A bachelor’s degree in a branch of engineering, physical science, or life science that included 12 semester hours in chemistry, including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours of courses in any combination of chemistry, physics, engineering, health physics, environmental health, biostatistics, biology, physiology, toxicology, epidemiology, or industrial hygiene; or Certification from theAmerican Board of Industrial Hygiene (external link)(ABIH). Evaluation of Education:All science or engineering courses offered in fulfillment of the above requirements must be acceptable for credit toward the completion of a standard 4-year professional curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in science or engineering at an accredited college or university. Evaluation of Experience: IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Qualifying experience involves the recognition, evaluation, corrective actions, and elimination of environmental conditions in the workplace that causes sickness, impaired health, or illness. This experience must demonstrate a professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of industrial hygiene and closely related sciences such as physics and engineering controls. Such work must have involved experience in all of the following areas: the acquisition of quantitative and qualitative data, and the measurement of exposures for a variety of chemical, physical, and biological stresses; the analysis of the data acquired and the prediction of probable effects of exposures on the health and well-being of workers; and the selection and recommendation of appropriate controls, including management, medical, engineering, education or training, and personal protective equipment. Specialized Experienceis experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the Industrial Hygienist. For theGS-09level: In addition to meeting the individual occupational requirement, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-07, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience in: -Health sampling;-Chemical exposures and/or overexposures;-Noise exposures and/or overexposures;-Equipment and/or machine operations;-Environmental conditions;-Work practices;-Protective devices and/or protective equipment;-Safety procedures;- Conducting research and studies records and/or files regarding any of the following: ◦Occupational safety and/or occupational health mishaps/accidents; ◦Occupational safety and/or occupational health injuries;- Equipment maintenance data.- Identifying occupational health and safety hazard- Assisting in developing legally sufficient occupational safety and/or occupational health investigation or inspection reports;- Assisting in and/or knowledge of calculating penalties to be assessed based on the gravity of occupational safety and/or occupational health violations. Education Substitution:Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below:Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or degree in other related fields that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of study from among the following (or closely related) disciplines: safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering, and industrial psychology. For theGS-09level:Master's or equivalent graduate degreeor2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degreeorLL.B. or J.D., if related. Education To be eligible for an appointment, you must meet the requirement A or B: A. Completed all requirements for Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Professional, Doctorate, Vocational, or Technical Degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years; or B. Was released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years, where the applicant is a veteran who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying for a recent graduate position during any portion of the two-year eligibility period following completion of his/her degree or certificate requirements, provided that not more than six years have transpired since the applicant completed the requirements for a degree or certificate. You must submit an academic transcript from your academic institution showing the date that you most recently completed the academic requirements described above. See the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. To use your education as a basis for meeting the Minimum Qualification Requirements (MQR) for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the MQR, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken to receive credit for that course work. See the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of this announcement for more details. If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation demonstrating that you meet the eligibility and MQR for this position, your application will be deemed incomplete & 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 or you will be ineligible for further consideration. 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. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION,ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION,FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES Additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement, if authorized.