Job Overview


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.


  • 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.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

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

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Indian Preference Eligible's / Current Federal Status Employee or Former Federal Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility.

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.