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Job Title:Recent Graduate - Industrial Hygienist

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:PW-13-CHI-OSHA-0147

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, September 27, 2013 to Friday, October 18, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0690-05/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Toledo, OH, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Eligible recent graduates from qualifying educational institutions.  Refer to "Qualifications and Evaluations" section for more information.

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

This is an appointment under the DOL Recent Graduates program.  The program duration is one year.  Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.  

Appointee must sign a DOL Pathways Recent Graduate Program Participant Agreement.

The entire duration of the Recent Graduate Appointment constitutes a trial period.

Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the program.

This employment opportunity is with the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Toledo, OH. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Medical Examination.
  • Subject to frequent travel; Requires Valid Drivers License.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

DUTIES:

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GS-5: Receives formal and on-the-job instruction and training.  Learn about the functions and operations of the organization and to provide practical application of basic industrial hygiene concepts, principles and techniques.  Studies manuals, directives, professional literature, agency operations, and other selected material.

GS-7:  As an Industrial Hygienist assigned to an Area Office, receives developmental assignments and formal and on-the-job training in general and specific health matters.   Identifies and evaluates conditions in the workplace which may adversely affect the health of employees.  Attends and/or conducts opening and closing conferences.  Drafts reports or portions of reports on industrial hygiene investigations.  Performs field calibration of equipment.
 
GS-9: As an Industrial Hygienist assigned to an Area Office, conducts industrial hygiene inspections of businesses to identify and evaluate conditions and detect violations of published standards.  Independently conducts inspections of establishments of limited size and complexity, or a segment of a more complex and difficult inspection under a higher graded industrial hygienist.  Conducts opening conferences.   Conducts or participates in closing conferences.  Reviews occupational safety and health records, conducts walk-through inspections, observes work operations, and collects environmental samples using a variety of sampling equipment.  Sends samples to laboratory for analysis. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All applicants must meet eligiblity requirement, basic requirement and specialized experience to be considered for the position.
Qualification Requirements: Basic Requirments: 1)Degree: industrial hygiene; or branch of engineering, physical science, or life science that included 12 semester hours in chemistry, physics, engineering, health physics, environmental health, biostatistics, biology, physiology, toxicology, epidemiology, or industrial hygiene. Course in the history or teaching of chemistry are not acceptable. or 2)Combination of education and experience-at least 12 semester hours of course work chemistry, including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours as specified in 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Evaluation of Education: All science or engineering courses offered in fulfillment of the above requirements must be acceptable for credit toward the completion of a standard 4-year professional curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in science or engineering at an accredited college or university. Evaluation of Experience: Qualifying experience may have been obtained in field, laboratory, engineering or other environment if the work provided a means of obtaining a professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of industrial hygiene and closely related sciences such as physics and engineering controls. Such work must have involved experience in all of the following areas: the acquisition of quantitative and qualitative data, and the measurement of exposures of a variety of chemical, physical, and biological stresses; the analysis of the data acquired and the prediction of probable effects of exposures on the health and well-being of workers; and the selection and recommendation of appropriate controls, including management, medical, engineering, education or training, and personal protective equipment. Evaluation of Education: All science or engineering courses offered in fulfillment of the above requirements must be acceptable for credit toward the completion of a standard 4-year professional curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in science or engineering at an accredited college or university. Evaluation of Experience: Qualifying experience may have been obtained in field, laboratory, engineering or other environment if the work provided a means of obtaining a professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of industrial hygiene and closely related sciences such as physics and engineering controls. Such work must have involved experience in all of the following areas: the acquisition of quantitative and qualitative data, and the measurement of exposures of a variety of chemical, physical, and biological stresses; the analysis of the data acquired and the prediction of probable effects of exposures on the health and well-being of workers; and the selection and recommendation of appropriate controls, including management, medical, engineering, education or training, and personal protective equipment. GS-5: Applicants will be qualified if they meet the basic requirement. and eligibility requirement.  GS-7 & 9: Must meet basic requirements, eligibilty requirement and education or specialized experience. GS-7: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level, in the federal government. Gs-9: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level, in the federal government. Specialized experience: experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of qualifying experience are listed above under evaluation of experience. Regardless of Grade applicants must meet basic requirement.


To be eligible for appointment, you must meet one of the following requirements:

a.    Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution on or after December 27, 2010 (eligibility under this provision expires July 10, 2014); or

b.    Were released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years, where you are a veteran who, due to a military service obligation, were precluded from applying for a recent graduate appointment during any portion of the two-year eligibility period following completion of your degree or certificate requirements, provided that not more than six years have transpired since you completed your degree or certificate requirements.

You must submit an academic transcript from your academic institution showing the date that you most recently completed the academic requirements described above.  See the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.  

In addition, if you wish use your education as a basis for meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements.  If specific course work is required to fulfill the minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work.  See the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of this announcement for more details.  

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

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.

GS-5: Applicants who meet the basic requirement as described under Qualifications are fully qualified for the GS-5 grade level. 
For GS-7: 1 year of graduate level education, or Superior Academic Achievement as the undergraduate level (A) upper third of graduating class: (B) 3.0 GPA for all course work during the last 2 years: (C) 3.5 GPA in required courses completed in major field during the final 2 years; or (D) Membership in a national scholastic honor society. For GS-9: 2 years or progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree. 

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants meeting the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against the competencies described below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories, based on responses to the vacancy questionnaire:

Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying the critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies by this position.

Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):
 
Interpersonal Skills:  Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively , taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Reasoning: Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.   
Writing: Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.
Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one’s job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).   Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

Referrals will be made in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans' preference requirements.  Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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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.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.

OTHER INFORMATION:

This position has promotion potential to the grade of GS-12.
 Bargaining unit: NCFLL
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.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

HOW TO APPLY:

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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  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, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document .  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.
STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 pm (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document.   Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. The following documents are required from ALL applicants:

- Proof of Eligibility:  Academic transcript or other official documentation from the qualifying educational institution showing that you meet the eligibility requirements for a Recent Graduate appointment, as described in the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of this announcement.  If you are claiming extended eligibility due to military service performed during the two-year period following graduation, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing the dates of such service.  (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  

- Proof of Qualifications:  Academic transcripts sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, as described in this announcement, where you are seeking to qualify, at least in part, on the basis of your education.  See "Qualifications and Evaluations."

The following documents are required if applicable:

- Veterans' Preference Documents (if applicable): 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.  To claim 10-point preference, 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.  (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx.

- 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Delores Bell
Phone: 312-353-8927
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 877-889-5627
Email: bell.delores@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Admin
230 S. Dearborn Street
Rm. 1026
Chicago, IL
60604
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.  A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

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Job Announcement Number:

PW-13-CHI-OSHA-0147

Control Number:

352526200