Job Overview

Summary

NTSB MISSION: 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.

The Office of Railroad, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Investigations  investigates accidents involving railroads, pipelines, and the transportation of hazardous materials. On the basis of the investigations conducted by this office, the NTSB issues safety recommendations to federal and state regulatory agencies, industry and safety standards organizations, carriers and pipeline operators, equipment and container manufacturers, producers and shippers of hazardous materials, and emergency response organizations. The Office has four divisions: the Railroad Division, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Division, the Human Performance and Survival Factors Division, and the Report Development Division.

This position is located in the Human Performance and Survival Factors Division. The incumbent serves as a Human Performance Investigator who investigates all aspects of human performance in major railroad, pipeline, and hazardous materials transportation accidents in order to develop and present factual and analytical reports with safety recommendations for adoption by the Board.

WHO MAY APPLY: U.S. Citizens and Status Candidates  

Duties

GS-13/14 Duties:Serves as a senior human performance investigator. Responsible for organizing, managing and coordinating the human performance aspects in major railroad, pipeline, and hazardous materials transportation accidents and developing and presenting factual and analytical reports with safety recommendations for adoption by the Board. The incumbent is responsible for complicated analyses, evaluations, conclusions, recommendations, and reports which deal with railroad, pipeline, and hazardous materials transportation accidents, incidents and hazardous occurrences, involving human performance issues

GS-12 Duties: Assists in conducting human performance investigation aspects in major railroad, pipeline, and hazardous materials transportation accidents and incidents. Assists in documenting and analyzing human performance issues and in developing accident prevention strategies.

The full performance level of this position is up to the GS-14. Candidate will be non-competitively promoted to the GS-14 level when performance has reached this level. 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 should demonstrate credit worthiness for issuance of a government travel charge card.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Incumbent will be required to launch to accident sites

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • PCS may be authorized