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Job Title:  Mine Safety and Health Inspector (Coal)
Department:  Department Of Labor
Agency:  Mine Safety and Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  DE-12-MSHA-COAL-7/9/11

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$38,790.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year
Saturday, January 21, 2012 to Sunday, January 20, 2013
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U.S. Citizens; ICTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

MSHA is establishing a standing register of qualified (UNDERGROUND, SURFACE AND ELECTRICAL) applicants to fill vacancies as they become available in MSHA's Coal Districts. Applicants are required to attend a MSHA Coal test session to receive consideration. Applicants who apply to the vacancy announcement and are determined to be qualified will receive more specific information on the job screenings.


  • Subject to frequent travel.
  • Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Subject to Pre- and Post- employment drug test and medical examinations.
  • Subject to Pre- and Post- employment background check.
  • For males between 18 and 25-Registration with the Selective Service System.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.


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MSHA Inspector job responsibilities include conducting on-site inspections or investigations of underground and surface mines in order to: Identify potential hazardous conditions to the safety and health of workers; Ensure proper mining equipment maintenance and use; Check mining practices for conformance with safety and health laws and regulations; Issue citations when violations and hazards are identified; Determine how accidents and disasters are caused and prevented; Help direct rescue and fire fighting operations after fires or explosions; Investigate safety and health complaints from mine personnel; and Discuss inspection/investigation findings and provide technical advice and assistance to mine management and personnel.


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Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Applicants must provide specific examples of the work they have performed. Failure to provide adequate information will delay a determination in your qualifications. For additional information on preparing an Inspector resume see Candidates with surface only experience will be considered for surface positions at the GS-9 level only. The full promotion potential for Surface Inspectors is the GS-11 level. Candidates applying for Underground and Electrical positions at the GS-9/11 levels must have underground experience. The full promotion potential for Underground and Electrical Inspectors is the GS-12 level. At the GS-7 level:  Specialized experience includes on-site safety/health inspection, analysis, monitoring, or evaluation work in occupational health, in mining or closely related industries, such as building construction, excavation, and heavy industrial plant settings. Examples of creditable experience in related non-mining work include work that provided the applicant with knowledge of ground control at building sites, safe worksite practices, and/or environmental conditions that affect the health of workers at foundries, mills, and other inherently dangerous industrial settings. For example, performance of safety and health inspection work at a steel mill would qualify at this grade level, but agricultural inspection work would not. At the GS-9 level (Surface and Underground): specialized experience includes hands-on mining experience that has provided the applicant with knowledge of the transportation of materials and workers, ventilation in closed spaces, ground control, roof control (for underground positions), handling and storage of hazardous materials, work site safety practices, work site environmental conditions that affect the health of workers, and/or accident prevention. At the GS-11 level (Underground): specialized experience includes direct on-site inspection; special accident investigation; development of mine safety and health standards; data analysis and evaluation of operational mine safety and health programs; special assessments; and development of industry-wide training or safety and health awareness programs. At the GS-9 and GS-11 level (Electrical): Electrical candidates must have underground experience to qualify. In addition to meeting the above specialized experience requirement, electrical candidates must have experience in designing, installing, and/or maintaining a mine electrical system or electrical mining equipment. Experience as a certified mine electrician is qualifying. Education alone is not qualifying for these positions. Substituting Education for Experience: 2 full academic years of graduate level education or master's or equivalent graduate degree) levels: mining engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, environmental engineering, industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, geology, chemistry, or other fields of study related to mine safety and health is qualifying at the GS-9 level.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution 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 courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. 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.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements. Qualified candidates will be tested on basic math and writing skills and a structured interview during a scheduled MSHA test session. In order to pass the interview, applicants at the GS-9 and GS-11 grade levels are required to answer a mine safety and health competency question based on their mining experience. See for more information on how you will be evaluated.


If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors (competencies) noted below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories based on your responses to the structured interview. Categories Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement, passes the math and writing tests, receives an overall score of 95 on the structured interview, and possesses at least 5 years of hands-on mining experience or a combination of experience/education. Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement, passes the math and writing tests, receives a score of 85 on the structured interview, and possesses at least 5 years of hands-on mining experience or a combination of experience/education. Category C - Meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement, passes the math and writing tests, receives a score of 75 on structured interview but does not have 5 years of hands-on mining experience. Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies: Math; Writing; Interpersonal Skills; Planning and Evaluation; Problem Solving; Mine Safety and Health; and, Oral Communication. Definitions and additional information on the specific competencies can be found at The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resource Specialist or panel and may include other assessments such as a structured interview, a math test, and a written test. Applicants with a minimum of 5 years of hands-on mining experience should ensure their resumes reflect all their mining experience. The resume should provide specific examples of mining related experience. Titles are not sufficient enough to verify 5 years of mining experience. INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category [INSERT WELL-QUALIFIED CATEGORY] or higher will be considered "well-qualified" for priority selection purposes. Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information. Physical Requirements - Applicants must be physically able to perform arduous duties efficiently and without hazard to themselves or others.

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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year. We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more. Employees on Part-Time work schedules receive all of these benefits on a prorated basis. For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM. For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


Interview results are transferable within the discipline (i.e., Coal interview results are transferable to other Coal Districts; Metal/Nonmetal interview results are transferable to other Metal/Nonmetal Districts). However, Coal interview results are not transferable to Metal/Nonmetal; and Metal/Nonmetal interview results are not transferable to Coal. For more information concerning MSHA Inspector Hiring, please visit our web site at and click on 'Mine Inspector Hiring Program Page'. Relocation expenses will not be paid. This position is included in the bargaining unit: NCFLL. When choosing the field offices applicants are interested in, they may select up to 4 offices per vacancy announcement. MSHA HR will take the top 4 rated field offices listed if an applicant selects more than 4 field offices. The materials you send with your application will not be returned. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES All MSHA employees and their spouses, and minor children are prohibited by regulation from having any interest, direct or indirect, in any mine or mining company which may be directly affected by the work of MSHA through its investigations, technical research, or other activities. These interests are prohibited under the Department of Labor's Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct Regulations at 5 CFR 5201.105. For questions related to this prohibition, please contact the agency's point of contact listed in this vacancy announcement. All MSHA Inspectors are required to file within 30 days of entrance of duty, and annually thereafter, a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450.


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There are 5 steps to apply online to a Department of Labor (DOL) vacancy. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. For more details, reference How To Apply Detailed Instructions. For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact on the announcement in the "Questions about this job" section. Save your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT or risk losing your information!


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Submit your documents by following the instructions provided in the "How to Apply" section or go to and click on "How To Submit Supplemental Documentation". You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. - Veterans Documents (if applicable): In order to be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are claiming 10-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at: - Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility. - Applicants with disabilities (SCHEDULE A) applying under the area of consideration must submit proof of certification by counselors, State vocational rehabilitation agencies or the Veterans Administration. - Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


Human Resources
Phone: 202-693-9855
Fax: 202-693-9856
Agency Information:
OPM Human Resources Division
Twin Towers #2
1100 Wilson Blvd.
Rm. 2114
Arlington, VA
Fax: 202-693-9856


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Qualified applicants will be notified of upcoming job screenings as they are finalized. After a testing session, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection may be made at any time while this standing register is open. To check the status of your application: Click here. To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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