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Job Title:  Safety & Occupational Health Specialist
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Job Announcement Number:  FLETC-ADM-2013-0083

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 to Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Permanent position. - Work schedule is full-time.
1 vacancy - Glynco, GA, US  View Map
All U.S. Citizens
For definitions of terms used in this announcement click here.


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.

Due to the federal government closure, the HR specialist may not be available to answer your questions.  If you apply to this position, please carefully read and adhere to all requirements of the announcement.
“We Train Those Who Protect Our Homeland.”  The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) is a unique inter-agency organization that prepares the next generation of law enforcement officers to meet the Nation's most pressing security challenges.  To see an informational video and learn more about the FLETC’s vital Homeland Security Mission, please click here.
This position is located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Administration Directorate (ADM), Environmental & Safety Division (ESD).  The selectee will be responsible for ensuring that operations and activities are performed safely and in accordance with established policy and procedures.
Applicable relocation expenses will not be paid.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • You will be required to undergo initial and random drug screening.


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Being a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist in the ESD makes you a valuable member of the FLETC team and mission.  You will accompany a specialist advisor to consult with supervisors or collect data to evaluate or review  aspects of safety management that affect FLETC facilities and training activities.  Typical assignments include:

  • Providing policy and program management support to ensure safe and healthy workplaces that are free of known hazards and are conducive to quality training and facility management.
  • Developing and implementing essential portions of the Occupational Safety and Health Program (OSH) program;  FLETC workplaces where the OSH programs are implemented include, but are not limited to: industrial workshop operations for wood working, welding, electrical work, printing, and vehicle maintenance facilities; explosives use and storage facilities; arson investigation practical exercise areas; vessels and powered watercraft; driver training facilities, including emergency and non-emergency ranges, skid pans, 4-wheel drive ranges, and car stop locations; aircraft practical exercise areas; indoor, outdoor, semi-enclosed, rifle and shotgun firearms ranges; live-fire and Simunitions® shoot-houses; Simunitions® cover courses; rappelling sites; older facilities that contain lead-based paint and/or asbestos that require management or abatement or both; major and minor construction sites; renovation sites; warehouses; office/administration areas and facilities; and other sites peculiar to a federal law enforcement training environment.
  • Formulating draft guidance and instructions for various safety policy decisions.
  • Reviewing performance indices of facilities and activities and recommends changes to existing FLETC criteria/standards, such as the FLETC Safety Manual, for higher level review.


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All applicants must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing date of this announcement.
For the GS-11 grade level:
Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service compiling, analyzing and reporting on data from injuries/accidents, building inspections, fire protection equipment inspections.
Successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M. with major study in the safety and occupational health field (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or 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 equivalent combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as listed above.  Only graduate education beyond the first 36 semester hours will be combined with the specialized experience.



We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements described in this announcement.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be evaluated in addition to the online job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies needed to perform this job:

  1. Safety and occupational health principles, methods, techniques and procedures sufficient to independently perform recurring assignments to control or eliminate unsafe conditions.
  2. Practical methods and techniques and hazard and fault-tree analysis sufficient to evaluate and resolve occupational safety problems where standard methods are not readily applicable.
  3. Operational work processes and field exercise training in a law enforcement training environment.
  4. Skill in compiling, organizing, preparing and presentation of technical data, both orally and in writing, sufficient to prepare and present formal reports to management, to provide full, clear and concise information, and to develop documentation in support of recommended programmatic changes, additions, etc.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

Best Qualified: This is the highest category and will be used for candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates high proficiency in all of the critical competencies.

Well-Qualified: This is the next lower category and will be used for candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies.

Qualified: This is the lowest category and will be used for candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies.

If you are determined to be best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website.  To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the best qualified category for this position, as described above.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
Veterans:  Preference eligible non-compensable veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher.  This position is not considered scientific/professional.  For information on veterans’ preference, please click here
To preview questions please click here.


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniforms (if applicable); health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select “benefits.”


To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for suitability as a condition of placement into this position.  Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudication of periodic reinvestigations.  This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
Veterans, Peace Corps, VISTA volunteers, and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission.  If you are a member of one of these groups and need more information, please click on the links above to determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application.
Physical Demands:  The work requires inspection of field sites, construction sites, and wide variety of physical structures and scenarios necessitating frequent walking, prolonged standing, occasional climbing and occasionally varying, moderately heavy equipment.
Work Environment:  Onsite evaluations and inspections involve exposure to inclement weather (primarily high heat and humidity), operating equipment, machinery, firearms, vehicle emissions, chemicals, hazardous and biological wastes, dust, vapors, and fumes, and high noise levels. Protective gear is required. Significant and sometimes prolonged periods of the incumbent's time also involve performing sedentary tasks in an office setting.
The selectee must complete the FLETC Law Enforcement Instructor Training Program (or other FLETC equivalent) within the first 12 months of employment.
This is a drug testing position which requires a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Employment is contingent upon favorable results.  The employee will also be subject to random drug testing.
All employees are required to participate in the Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer DD/EFT for salary payments.


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Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.  To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents.  See Required Documents section for more detail.
We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may contact the Human Capital Help Desk at OR by calling (912) 267-2289 between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:30 pm ET (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.


  1. Your résumé
  2. Are you qualifying based on education?  You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed.  Those with foreign education, click this link.
  3. Are you a veteran? You must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability. Applicants who are active duty service members and apply for federal employment shall be considered for competitive service positions and granted tentative veterans’ preference status when they submit a certification, in lieu of a DD-214, when applying for a federal job.  Click here for more veterans' information.
  4. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit:
  • a copy of your agency notice,
  • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
  • a copy of your most recent non-award SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.


Sonja Smith
Phone: 912-261-4162
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 912-267-2289
Agency Information:
1131 Chapel Crossing Road
Glynco, GA
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  You will receive an e-mail letting you know your application was received.  Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process.  To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.”  We expect to make a final selection within 60 days after the deadline for applications.  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
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