Safety & Occupational Health Specialist

Department Of Agriculture Pine Knot , KY 42635

Posted 10 months ago

  • Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position is located on a Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center. The incumbent serves as the Center Safety Officer responsible for planning and implementing the Center Safety program.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact:

Collbran: Diane Slagle at 970-487-2001 or

Pine Knot: Brandon Pfeilmeier at 606-354-4203 or

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  • Inspect or evaluate workplace environments, equipment, or practices to ensure compliance with safety standards and government regulations.

  • Identify the need for Personnel Protective Equipment and ensure its proper use and maintenance.

  • Maintain inventories of hazardous materials or hazardous wastes, using waste tracking systems to ensure that materials are handled properly.

  • Investigate accidents to identify causes or to determine how such accidents might be prevented in the future.

  • Apply safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational safety and health requirements.

  • Develop and implement programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses.

  • Analyze or evaluate new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards.

  • Recommend measures to help protect workers from potentially hazardous work methods, processes, or materials.

  • Research, interpret and apply codes and standards to include but not limited to: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), regulations, policies.

  • Conduct safety training or education programs and demonstrate the use of safety equipment.

  • Inform others of fire safety code compliance and implementation.

  • Communicate with others to convey safety information effectively and resolve safety and occupational health issues.

  • Collaborate with others to implement remedial measures for hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions or equipment.

  • Develop and maintain a safety plan for an organizational unit.

  • Provide written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) relevant to health and safety.

  • Prepare and maintain accurate written safety records and reports.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)
    0018 Safety and Occupational Health Management

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  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.

  • Direct Deposit- Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

  • Must obtain and maintain all applicable local, State and National OSHA Certifications as required.

  • This is a Test Designated Position. You will be tested for illegal drugs prior to appointment and randomly thereafter. Appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results.


In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-9: You must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that required managing safety or occupational health program elements; applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational safety and health requirements; developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses; and inspecting or surveying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems for compliance with established safety and occupational health policies or standards and to identify potential new hazards.


A master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a safety or occupational health field (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene) or graduate 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.


An appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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, including volunteer experience.


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