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    This position is perfect for an entry level person looking for an opportunity to work on cutting-edge transportation safety issues in a fast paced, dynamic environment. This position is in the Energetic Materials Branch, Approvals and Permits Division (APD) of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The incumbent will have the opportunity to work as a team member and effectively communicate both orally and in writing, represent the agency in conferences and meetings, work on multiple projects, research information on regulatory issues and make recommendations to leadership based on the review of approval applications and the associated Hazardous Materials Regulations for explosives, fireworks, self-reactive, organic peroxides and fireworks certification agencies.

    Your responsibilities will include serving in the Energetic Materials Programs. These are national and international programs affecting the safe transportation of hazardous materials in, to and through the United States. When appropriate, the APD will grant approvals and special permits which provide regulatory relief to implement new technology, enhance public safety and ensure global economic competitiveness while maintaining the required levels of transportation safety. The APD receives, coordinates, evaluates, and manages action on more than 10,000 classification approvals applications per year, which is a written authorization from the Associate Administrator or other designated Department official, to perform a function for which prior authorization is required under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

    The ideal candidate is described below:

    • Skills to communicate information to federal and state agencies, the hazardous materials industry and public, on regulatory matters relating to the transportation of hazardous materials.
    • Undergraduate or Graduate degree in Chemistry, the Sciences, or related field or work experience.
    • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and to prioritize work in a changing environment.
    • A passion to excel, motivation to be a self-starter, a willingness to learn and a desire to work hard in a fast-paced team environment.
    • Background and/or knowledge of Federal Regulations.
    • Support and participate in meetings involving different Federal and State agencies, industrial groups and associations, and the public to discuss requests for special permits and / or approvals.

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    Responsibilities

    The Pathways Recent Graduate (Transportation Specialist) will:

    • Maintain a liaison both internally and externally, to include other Federal /State/Local agencies, as well as PHMSA stakeholders, in providing information to the hazardous materials regulated community on matters relating to the transportation of hazardous materials.
    • Become familiar with federal regulations, such as the 49 Code of Federal Regulations Transportation, American Pyrotechnic Association (APA) APA Standard 87-1 (Standard for Construction and Approval for Transportation of Fireworks, Novelties and Theatrical Pyrotechnics).
    • Perform the review and process applications for classification approvals associated with the Hazardous Materials Regulations for explosives, fireworks, self-reactive, organic peroxides and participate in the processes for the Firework Certification Agencies.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Less than 20% travel is required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.
    • This position is part of the Pathways Program and is open to Recent Graduates Eligibles only.
    PLEASE NOTE: THIS VACANCY IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AND WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON THE CLOSING DATE OR AT MIDNIGHT ON THE DAY WE RECEIVE THE 100TH APPLICATION, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST. THIS POSITION HAS A MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT.

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