Department Of Labor South Park , PA 15129

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This is an open-continuous announcement. Referral lists may be requested throughout the life of the announcement. Applications received after the cutoff date, may be considered on future referral lists.


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.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Pittsburgh Safety & Health Technology Center (PSHTC), Roof Control Division, in South Park, PA. The Division provides technical services to Safety and Health activities, the mining industry, and other Governmental agencies. The Center is responsible to a great degree for the interpretation of Federal regulations as outlined in the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, Public Law 91-173, as amended by Public Law 95-164, and for improving safety practices throughout the mining and tunneling industries through advisory and consulting services and by technical investigations of complex safety problems.

This position is at the full performance level. This position is inside the bargaining unit.

Additional selection may be made from this vacancy announcement. PCS Expenses will not be reimbursed.

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Serves as the geotechnical specialist to perform investigatory work in alignment with the long-range goals and daily functions of the Roof Control Division. The employee must perform independently all tasks necessary to support the Division function of providing technical assistance to MSHA and the mining industry by obtaining and analyzing Landsat satellite imagery. Thus his/her duties involve keeping abreast of the developments of NASA's EROS Program, obtaining and using its technical products, and evaluating the procured imagery and applying the results to the prediction of ground control problems in advance of mining.

Advises on the proven and probable applications of remote sensing technology to a variety of coal seam and ore body discontinuities, including but not limited to discontinuities related to sedimentary environments of deposition, structural zones of weakness, and the migration of subsurface water. Performs roof control and geologic investigations at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines to evaluate observable conditions and relate them to other information such as core log data and mining records.

Provides technical assistance through investigative studies to evaluate rock structures surrounding areas encountering severe roof and/ or ground control problems. Advises or makes recommendations on possible solutions to eliminate or minimize the problem, through the application of sound geologic, mining and/ or roof control practices.

Originates, constructs, and interprets geologic maps to predict potential hazardous mining conditions in advance of mining. Relates his/her findings to fellow geologists, co-workers and inspection and mining personnel.

Conducts underground roof control investigative studies and lends geological expertise to Division engineers in more complex studies. Oral and written recommendations will be made suggesting elimination of any problems.

Formulates models and conducts computer simulations of underground mines to provide insight into the stress conditions associated with various aspects of mine design and ongoing Division investigations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • 25% of the time.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

Who May Apply This job is open to

U.S. Citizens; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Prog and Career Transition Assistance Prog eligibles in the local commuting area.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

  • Job family (Series)
    1350 Geology

  • Requirements

HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.

  • Must be at least 16 years of age.

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.

  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


This position has an Individual Occupational Requirement. Basic Requirement:

Degree: geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, and cartography.


Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Evaluation of Experience: Acceptable experience may have been gained through geological field or laboratory work that provided a means of obtaining professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of geology and closely related sciences, e.g., geophysics, geochemistry, or hydrology.

Such work generally must have involved making close observations, taking samples, handling various types of instruments and equipment, assembling geologic data from source materials, and analyzing and reporting findings orally and in writing. Experience that involved only one phase of geology work, e.g., collecting samples, would not be acceptable as providing the required professional knowledge of the theory and principles of geology. In some situations, professional scientific experience in other fields may be accepted in part as professional geological experience.

Such experience must have been preceded by appropriate education in geology or by professional geological experience, and must have contributed directly and significantly to the applicant's professional geological competence. Examples include some positions in geophysics, mining engineering, soils science, physical oceanography, hydrology, climatology, biology, analytic or experimental chemistry, metallurgy, and comparable fields where the normal duties or results of investigations have been extended to the solution of geologic problems by the applicant. Ordinary functions of positions such as seismic, computer, petroleum or mining engineer, mine superintendent, or metallurgist generally are not considered professional geological experience. To receive credit for geological experience obtained in positions that are not full-time professional geological positions, the applicant is responsible for indicating clearly the actual time or percentage of time devoted to geologic duties within such positions, and for giving adequate descriptions of the geologic functions.


In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service.

Qualifying specialized experience for this position is professional work that provided expert knowledge of geologic concepts, principles and practices, and their application in evaluating and improving the stability of rock masses; experience with computer modeling techniques and their application to roof control related problems; interpreting and analyzing the raw data obtained from several sources; performing roof control and geologic investigations to evaluate observable conditions; and demonstrating understanding of roof control plans, roof support and ground stabilization theories.


There is no educational substitution for the GS-12 grade level.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education

  • The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of 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.
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