Announcement Number:
OR Merit-2016-0158
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Safety and Occupational Health Specialist
Open Period:
02/24/2016 - 03/08/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0018 11
USD $59,246 - USD $77,019
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full-Time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Coeur d'Alene, ID, US
Spokane Valley, WA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Lane Gaylord


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; and Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles

Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities.

All former PLC members who within the past 120 days have completed all requirements of a creditable PLC project.

1 position to be filled with a duty station of either Spokane, Washington or Couer d'Alene, Idaho.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist.  The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

For information about the Spokane District, visit our website.

For information about the Spokane area, visit the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.

For information about the Coeur d'Alene area, please visit http://www.coeurdalene.org/.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.  

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel may be required.


The position is responsible for managing and continually improving the Safety and Occupational Health Program.  Objectives of the safety program are to create, monitor, maintain and improve cost effective programs of safety and occupational health; coordinate these programs to ensure compliance with all applicable safety and occupational health regulations and policies; apply the principles and techniques of risk management; and develop, implement and promote safety systems/processes and encourage safe practices to manage and maintain levels of acceptable risk in all activities performed throughout the District.  These programs apply to a diverse range of Bureau operations both within Bureau facilities and in the field, including natural resource management operations.  The position also serves as a primary safety consultant for district managers, supervisors, and employees; provides or coordinates safety trainings and educational campaigns; conducts special studies, trend analysis, and evaluations; recommends procedures, interventions and policy changes (including emergency action and continuity of operations procedures) to mitigate risks and ensure compliance with applicable safety regulations, assists with implementation of those policies and procedure. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

Summary of Requirements: You must meet the requirements described in the "Qualifications" section of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required.
  • Background Investigation Required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points.   In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

    1. Knowledge of safety and occupational health principles, practices, procedures and standards applicable to a full range of administrative and operational duties sufficient to plan, organize, direct, operate and evaluate a safety and occupational health program.

    2. Knowledge of Emergency Management and response principles, practices, procedures and standards applicable to a full range of duties sufficient to plan, develop and coordinate and Emergency Management and Continuity of Operations Program.

    3. Knowledge of the techniques and principles of risk management, job hazard analysis, and other analytical techniques sufficient to perform mishap investigations and identify causal factors through interviews.

    4. Ability to review, determine steps to take and implement corrections needed resulting from CASHE audit.

    5. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
    Basic Qualifications:  1 year experience equivalent to at least GS-9 in or related to safety and occupational health that provided the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, - OR -, a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering, and industrial psychology, - OR -, 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or closely related disciplines: occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering, and industrial psychology, -OR-, a combination of education and experience described above.

    Specialized Experience Statement:  Experience utilizing knowledge of safety and occupational health principles, methods and techniques in a natural resource organization* to control or eliminate unsafe physical conditions, equipment and machine hazards, and risks in human performance which may cause injury to persons or damage to property; utilizing practical knowledge of the body of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to safety and occupational health to sufficiently interpret and explain the reasons and purposes for applying measures and procedures; minimize or abate environmental and human-caused hazards.  (*The organization should include a variety of field work and/or natural resource operations and activities such as: wildland fire-fighting, prescribed burning, tree-felling operations, operation of 4-wheel drive vehicles, boating, search and rescue support, off-highway vehicle use, navigating rough or forested terrain on foot,  trail construction, recreational facility maintenance, administrative building management, etc.).  

    You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.64. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

    If qualifying based on education, you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

    Benefits and Other Info

    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
    Other Information:
    This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement # OR-DEU-2016-0074 which is open to all qualified persons. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods. 

    SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary  period.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

    CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.

    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at lgaylord@blm.gov or (503) 808-6391. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
    Required Documents:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    If qualifying based on education, you must submit a copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

    Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your “Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring” along with a copy of your “PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet.”

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

    Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

    If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.