Safety and Occupational Health Manager
Department Of Agriculture 497 reviews - Vernal, UT

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is located on the Ashley National Forest at the Vernal Ranger District in Vernal, UT.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact John Erickson at 435-781-5101 or

This position is located on a National Forest. Incumbent is responsible for administering a safety and occupational health program on a National Forest, Supervisor’s Office. The incumbent advises principal staff members of safety and occupational health requirements, standards, and procedures. Establishes, guides and encourages supervisor-employee safety committees to identify and eliminate hazardous equipment operations and unsafe working conditions.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-04010002-4016G-LD. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

We expect to make a final job offer within 30-60 days after the deadline for applications.

Please read the vacancy announcement thoroughly and follow all instructions to ensure proper consideration. If you are unable to apply on-line or have questions about the meaning of items in the vacancy announcement, please contact Human Resources Management at 1-877-372-7248.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service. DUTIES:

Determines and interprets required new measures to control and eliminate hazards to employees, equipment, and materials. Examines new OSHA standards and agency directives and adapts them for implementation.

Evaluates unusual and complicated operations such as work with hazardous materials, fire, forestry, recreation, transportation of materials and equipment, road maintenance, fluid and solid minerals.

Develops, directs, and/or conducts safety training programs for managers, supervisors, and employees that include the following areas: safety orientation, employee safety rights and responsibilities, accident prevention, First responder Awareness, Motor Vehicle Safety, equipment operation, Employee Right-to-Know, Blood borne Pathogens, and risk management.

Incumbent inputs and retrieves safety data and analyzes and develops incident trends from the data. Provides management with recommendations for corrections and changes. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level; Specialized Experience is defined as one or more of the following: Participated or assisted in the development and implementation of a unit safety and risk management program. Coordinated, conducted and/or organized training in the field or classroom related to safety and risk management. Organized, lead and/or participated in accident investigations, after action reviews or facilitated learning analyses. Experience/certifications/training in using mechanized equipment such as chainsaws, ATVs, snow machines, and radios as well as other equipment and resources used in natural resource management and facilities maintenance and operations. Reviewed, prepared and implemented project job hazard analyses. Trained/advised employees and participated in the application of risk management principles in the development and implementation of projects or field operation. -OR

Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, with a major study of 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.-OR

Combination of education and experience. I have completed graduate education in excess of a Master’s degree or equivalent major in safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, or related disciplines. In addition to the education, I have experience or other education/technical training that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) necessary to perform the work of the position.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

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Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Bargaining Unit Status: Not Eligible

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

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