Job Overview

Summary

NTSB: Independently Advancing Transportation Safety.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent U.S. Federal agency responsible for investigating significant accidents in the various modes of transportation--aviation, railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline. The NTSB determines the probable cause of each accident investigated and issues safety recommendations to prevent future accidents.  

Since our inception, we have investigated over 100,000 aviation accidents and surface transportation accidents and over 80% of our safety recommendations have been implemented. A career at NTSB offers the opportunity to contribute to advancing public transportation safety. Become a member of a unique and dynamic organization where you can make a difference in the transportation industry! 

This position is located in the Office of Aviation Safety, Human Performance and Survival Factors Division. Human performance factors comprises individual aspects of performance such as cognitive, behavioral, physical, and physiological conditions as well as factors associated with the human-machine interface and task-environment which contribute to aviation accidents resulting from human error. The incumbent collects factual data and conducts analyses in support of aviation accident investigations.    

WHO MAY APPLY:  US citizens, current and former Federal employees serving under competitive appointments and those eligible under special hiring authorities.

Duties

At the GS-14 level, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Serves as Human Factors Investigator for aviation accidents and as a Group Chairperson on major and other investigations.
  • Conducts accident investigations, collects factual evidence, interrogates witnesses, photographs appropriate aspects of the wreckage and site, conducts or arranges for analysis of failed components.
  • Conducts and/or participates in special studies, investigations or projects to improve aviation transportation safety.
  • Leads and manages assigned investigative specialty group (comprised of technical personnel from Federal, State and local regulatory agencies, industry representatives, inspectors and officials) during the on-scene phase of the investigation under the direction of the Investigator in Charge.
  • Participates in public hearings, when required, as a member of the technical panel.
  • Continually reviews and studies existing and proposed Federal legislation, regulations, national industry standards, guidelines or specifications established by government agencies and technical associations pertaining to aviation transportation safety.
  • Monitors new developments affecting aviation transportation safety.
  • Maintains liaison and exchanges aviation transportation safety information with other Federal regulatory agencies, industry, manufacturers, etc., that have a role in the development, implementation and/or enforcement of aviation safety regulations, laws and policies.
  • Participates in and assists with preparation for Board Hearings.

 

NOTE:  Investigative assignments may be given on short notice and may involve work at unusual times for long hours at accident sites, sometimes in remote, rugged and hostile settings.  The incumbent must be able to work in physically demanding and adverse conditions such as in swamps and deserts, on steep, uneven and mountainous terrain.  The incumbent will be responsible for the effective, economical, and efficient utilization of all resources committed to the investigation.   The incumbent must qualify for and maintain a government issued travel charge card.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel is required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No