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Job Title:  Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, GS-0018-07/09/11
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  NRO 43/14

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$39,179.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 21, 2014 to Monday, August 11, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Shiprock, NM View Map
Indian Preference Eligible's / Current Federal Status Employee or Former Federal Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility.
Public Trust - Background Investigation


The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indian, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Vacancy ID: 1171495

PD# 6200023, Navajo Region
Division of Environmental, Cultural & Safety Management
Shiprock, New Mexico


GS-07: $39,179 - $50,932 Per Annum
GS-09: $47,923 - $62,297 Per Annum
GS-11: $57,982 - $75,376 Per Annum


  • Government housing is not availble.
  • If this position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7). Consideration will be given to non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible. Applicants not entitled to Indian Preference must a Federal civilian employee with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.


  • 50% or Greater
  • To conduct safety inspections and safety trainings.


  • No




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  • Serves as the Agency Safety and Occupational Health Specialist.
  • Provides as the technical expert to the Navajo Regional Safety Officer in planning, developing, implementing, reviewing and modifying Agency Program.
  • Conducts training in Fire prevention and Life Safety codes.
  • Inspects, evaluates and reviews the operations and maintenance of fire suppression equipment, makes inspection of facilities to assure compliance with relevant standards.
  • Assist the Agency Facility Management personnel in conducting training in fire prevention and suppression and evaluates the effectiveness of the training.
  • Compiles and utilizes a variety of data pertaining to accidents, injuries, property damage, tort claims, fires, etc., for identifying trends and preparing reports for submission to the Regional Safety Officer as well as preparation of informational materials.
  • Reviews accidents reports of all types and provides a complete Tort Claim investigation report in all cases where a possible tort claim may arise from damage to property and/or injury to non-government and government personnel.
  • Instructs periodic technical training on various safety-health and environmental related topics such as mold cleaning, hanta virus, proper use of PPE, proper storage and use of chemicals used in the workplace and as identified in the Hazard Communication Plan.
  • Conducts school and site visits to evaluate safe conditions at work areas, classrooms, and facility yards for compliance with federal OSHA, environmental compliance and NFPA, Department of Bureau manuals and policies.
  • Serves as advisor to schools facilities and program on the interpretation on new safety regulations and requirements, emergency preparedness, National Incident Management Systems, Emergency Response Actions and Continuity of Operations Plan.
  • Utilizes the Bureau, Regional, safety guidelines to include 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Office of Safety & Health Administration (OSHA); National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) codes; Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA); and other similar guidelines which pertain to safety program activities and objectives.
  • Prepares modifications of policies and procedures to affect approved program emphasis or modifications for final review and approval by the Regional Safety Officer.
  • Works with Contract Officer Representatives (COR) involved in renovation or construction activities within the Agency to observe working conditions, work practices and equipment, etc.
  • Administers the motor vehicle operator's program for the Agency office. In coordination with the Regional Safety Officer, provides the Driver's Operators card to the program managers at the Agency level. Coordinates approved motor vehicle training with the Regional Safety Office.


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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions, GS-0018).

GS-7: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level OR 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Examples of specialized experience may include work effective inspection of the Navajo Region BIA and Bureau of Education occupied buildings to ensure compliance with occupational safety and health regulations (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience).

SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. S.A.A. is based on (1) Class standing-applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class, based on completed courses; or (2) Grade-Point Average-applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society – membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

GS-9: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level OR Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience may include included work involving inspecting, evaluating, and reviewing the operations and maintenance of fire suppression equipment, makes inspections of facilities to assure a compliance with relevant standards. Conducts training in fire prevention and suppression and evaluates the effectiveness of the training. These examples are not all inclusive (refer to the summary of duties for specialized experience).

GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience may include:.

  • Managing safety or occupational health program elements.
  • Developing and recommending safety and occupational health policy to higher levels of management.
  • Applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational safety and health requirements.
  • Developing safety and occupational health standards, regulations, practices, and procedures to eliminate or control potential hazards.
  • Developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses.
  • Analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards.
  • Designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards.
  • Inspecting or surveying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems for compliance with established safety and occupational health policies or standards and to identify potential new hazards.
  • Training of workers, supervisors, managers, or other safety and occupational health personnel in safety or occupational health subjects.
  • Work in occupational fields such as industrial hygienist, safety engineer, fire prevention engineer, health physicist, and occupational health nurse.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATION: Regular operate government vehicles or equipment to perform the duties of the position.

TELEWORK INDICATOR: The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.


As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of the Safety Program, Mission, Organization, Structure, Policies, and Function.
  • Ability to conduct safety program evaluation, audit reviews, identifying findings, and providing guidance.
  • Knowledge of the Motor Vehicle Operator Program and its policies regarding all Government drivers.
  • Ability to produce and organize results of technical analysis of occupational safety and health regulations.
  • Ability to develop safety procedures, practices and occupational health concepts, principles, and practices.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If your rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered


CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit

NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.


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To Apply Online:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents
  • To return to a previously saved or incomplete application go to

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.

To Apply by Fax:

  • Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX
  • Answer the assessment questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire
  • When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed

Combination Online/Fax:

  • Log into or create your Application Manager account at
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Print the US Government Application Cover Page Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1171495, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your US Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144

Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed and received by 11:59 PM EST; Monday, August 11, 2014.

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.


The following forms must be submitted in order to have a complete application:

  1. Resume/Application- Must contain the following:
    - Work experience, include the following:
    • Position Title;
    • Dates - from (mm/yy) to (mm/yy);
    • Hours Worked Per Week;
    • Current Supervisor's Name, Address, and Telephone number,
    - Education
    - References - List Three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.
  2. Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference. No other form will be accepted.
  3. Form DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. veteran's preference or Standard Form 15 with required proof of entitlement, if claiming 10 pt. veteran's preference.
  4. College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
  5. Assessment Questionnaire, listed in announcement. Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.
  6. Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.
  7. GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Report, available at (Optional during the application process; however, selectee will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process.)

    NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.


    Pamela S. Roundface
    Phone: (505)863-8211
    Agency Information:
    BIA Center for Recruitment Gallup
    PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144


    Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

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