Bureau of Reclamation Industrial Hygienist in Billings, Montana

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Position is being advertised concurrently under vacancy announcement BR-GP-RD-18-55, for current Federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; CTAP/ICTAP eligibles; Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA); Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA); 30% or More Disabled Veterans; Military Spouses under Executive Order 13473; Individuals with Disabilities (Schedule A); eligible Peace Corps or AmeriCorps volunteers; and current or former time-limited employees eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA). If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as an Industrial Hygienist. Here is a great opportunity to join an organization with excellent growth potential!

LOCATION: Great Plains Region, Regional Office, Regional Director's Office, Deputy Regional Director's Office, Safety and Occupational Health Office, Billings, Montana.

For living conditions go to: https://www.usbr.gov/gp/employment/livingconditions.pdf

Promotions to the next grade/salary level are neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation.

The selectee(s) for the vacancy, if otherwise eligible and qualified, may be offered a recruitment or relocation incentive. The decision to offer an incentive will be made on a case-by-case basis and is neither promised nor guaranteed. For information on Recruitment or Relocation Incentives, visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/recruitment-relocation-retention-incentives/fact-sheets/recruitment-incentives/ https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/recruitment-relocation-retention-incentives/fact-sheets/relocation-incentives/ Additional incentives may be offered: Superior Qualifications Appointment and Creditable Service for Annual Leave. For more information please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-administration/fact-sheets/superior-qualifications-and-special-needs-pay-setting-authority/ https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/leave-administration/fact-sheets/creditable-service-for-annual-leave-accrual-for-non-federal-work-experience-and-experience-in-the-uniformed-service/

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

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Responsibilities
  • Serves as Regional technical expert in industrial hygiene. Areas of expertise include occupational health hazards associated with a wide variety of industrial operations including: power plants, dams, warehouse, recreational, office and contract operations.

  • Reviews relevant contract specifications, Job Hazard Analysis (JHA's), and work plans related to work in hazardous environments and makes recommendations to Construction Services; for contract specification language, construction inspectors, supervisors, program managers, and safety staff for mitigating occupational health exposures.

  • Performs or guides staff in hazardous substances sampling and exposure monitoring, and provides interpretation of resulting data.

  • Provides technical assistance in the performance of the more complex technical activities of the Region related to general biological, chemical, confined space, and recoating operations.

Travel Required

50% or less - Travel up to ten nights per month may be required for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All U.S. Citizens and Nationals and current Federal employees serving under an excepted service appointment.

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Conditions of Employment
  • All U.S. Citizens or Nationals. You MUST pass a pre-employment physical.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply).
  • You must meet education and/or specialized experience (See Qualifications).
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required Documents.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • Submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective placement factors by the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

A. Degree: 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 the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH). Courses in the history or teaching of chemistry are not acceptable.

In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have education and/or specialized experience as defined below:

GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree -or- Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree, if related, -or- 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in Federal service.

GS-12: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service.

DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-11: Specialized experience must include applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve complex technical matters dealing with occupational health and safety requirements; and, experience in at least one of the following: managing safety or occupational safety and health programs; inspecting or surveying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems for compliance with established safety and occupational health policies or standards to identify potential new hazards; or analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards.

GS-12: Specialized experience must include applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve complex technical matters dealing with occupational health and safety requirements; and, experience in at least two of the following: managing safety or occupational safety and health programs; inspecting or surveying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems for compliance with established safety and occupational health policies or standards to identify potential new hazards; or analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards.

Education

This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. For further information visit: https://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information
  • Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

  • At Government expense, the applicant selected will be required to complete and successfully pass a pre-employment physical.

  • Operation of a Government vehicle is required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.

  • This position has been designated as a Nonsensitive, (Low Risk) position. This requires a Tier 1 background investigation. You must successfully obtain and maintain this investigation level as a condition of employment.

  • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: www.sss.gov

  • Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political afflation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Well Qualified, and 2) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of the quality categories and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions:

  1. Knowledge of industrial hygiene concepts, principles, and practices that enable the employee to serve as a technical authority on complex industrial hygiene matters related to hazards associated with chemical, biological, physical agents and combinations.

  2. Ability to provide expert interpretation of published occupational health standards.

  3. Knowledge and skill to conduct hazardous substance, noise, and ergonomic exposure assessments, surveys, inspections, and investigations.

  4. Skill in both oral and written communications and knowledge of automated data processing.

  5. Knowledge and skill to coordinate and administer the Regional Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health Program.

Applicants’ answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resumes. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the response to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

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Required Documents

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e., years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

  • TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s). If you have foreign education you must also submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. educational standards. If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

  • DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214, or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that notates service under honorable conditions.

  • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

  • For information on veteran's eligibility visit: www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp

  • CTAP/ICTAP: Provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, documentation of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective placement factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: https://www.opm.gov/rif/employeeguides/careertransition.asp

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

Applications (resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button on the right side of any page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: https://www.usbr.gov/hr/hireme.html As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to gphireme@usbr.gov; fax directly to the HR Office at 406-247-7875; mail to P.O. Box 36900, Billings, MT 59107-6900; OR hand-deliver to 2021 4th Avenue North, Room 109, Billings, MT. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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Agency contact information
Human Resources Office
Phone

406-247-7696

Fax

406-247-7875

Email

gphireme@usbr.gov

Address

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION P.O. Box 36900 Billings, Montana United States

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Next steps

After application packages have been received, resumes and transcript(s), will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants who meet the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499707200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/15/2018 to 05/29/2018

Salary: $61,218 to $95,388 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11 - 12

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent