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U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

Vicksburg, MS, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024


About the Position: Serves as a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist and principal technical advisor to the ERDC Safety and Occupational Health Manager for the U.S. Army Engineer

Research and Development

Center (ERDC) at Vicksburg, MS. Provides support of the research and development program while assisting the ERDC Safety and Occupational Health Manager's execution over a full range of safety and occupational health programs.. Learn more about this agency


  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    02/09/2024 to 08/08/2024

  • Salary

    $72,553 - $113,047 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    DJ 3

  • Help


    3 vacancies in the following location:

  • Remote job


  • Telework eligible

    Yes—as determined by the agency policy.

  • Travel Required

    Not required

  • Relocation expenses reimbursed


  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule


  • Service


  • Promotion potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0018 Safety and Occupational Health Management

  • Supervisory status


  • Security clearance


  • Drug test


  • Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

  • Trust determination process


  • Announcement number


  • Control number





  • Provides technical expertise in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the full range of functional activities in support of laboratory and support operations, including a high number of varied and high safety risk hazards.
  • Advises installation managers and supervisors at all levels, including Laboratory Directors, on the status of the safety and health programs.
  • Serves as advisor and technical expert on all safety programs, compliance issues, and activities at a Research and Development Laboratory.
  • Develops and recommends changes in operating policies and procedures to achieve program objectives and advises management and employees on compliance where corrective action is necessary to eliminate known and potential hazards.
  • Conduct Safety meetings with key employees and management, Review recommendations to mitigate identified risks with local Safety Manager, Facilitate Safety component of New Hire orientation and training as appropriate.
  • Provide technical expertise and recommendations for planning, developing, and implementing the Accident Prevention Program at the installation. Reviews and recommends acceptance of Accident Prevention Plans, Hazard Assessments, and SOPs.
  • Plans, schedules, and conducts comprehensive safety and occupational health worksite inspections and surveys of the installation activities, both Government and contractor.
  • Plans, conducts, and/or directs periodic sampling and surveys of working conditions to determine the nature and magnitude of hazardous exposures and the effectiveness of existing control measures.
  • Investigates the hazardous conditions, practices and equipment in order to identify and analyze the nature of the hazard and the remedial action that should be taken to eliminate, correct or control hazardous conditions.
  • Uses scientific testing devices in connection with surveys of operations involving toxic, flammable, and/or explosive vapors, gases, or fumes; measures noise levels, illumination, etc.
  • As an on-site Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, conducts systematic evaluations of safety and occupational health program functions, including industrial hygiene, and directing/leading the conduct of on-site evaluations.
  • Coordinates with occupational health personnel to implement medical surveillance program for medical screening of employees exposed to particular toxic materials or physical hazards.
  • Participates with the ERDC SOH Manager in the development and conduct of safety education training programs involving occupational safety and health hazards, in a variety of high-risk, high-hazard occupations including laboratory operations.
  • Train and advise employees in risk management and in the interpretation of applicable safety and health regulations.
  • Conduct safety training for employees and management.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.


Who May Apply:

U.S. Citizens In order to qualify, you must meet the experience and/or education requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

This position is covered by the Science and Technology Laboratory Personnel Management Demonstration Project at the DJ-03. This position will be filled at the DJ-03 (11/12) full performance pay band.

To qualify at the DJ-03 grade level or equivalency, your resume must describe experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the DJ-02 (GS-09) grade level in the Federal service which includes 1) managing safety or occupational health program elements; 2) developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses; and 3) citing and explaining violations of safety and occupational health provisions.


Education: Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree with a major study in safety or occupational health fields (safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene), or Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree in other related fields that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of study from among the following (or closely related) disciplines: safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, toxicology, public health, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological sciences, engineering, and industrial psychology.


Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/.

Additional information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP)#12 - Safety and Occupational Health Management position.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • This Position may be used to fill like vacancies up to 180 days after the closing date.
  • This position is covered by a Bargaining Agreement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within a designated time frame identified by the organization. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.
  • Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/.
  • This position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Nepotism: Under the provisions of 5 USC 3110, an individual may not be appointed into a position if the position is under the supervisory chain of command of a relative.
  • This is an Open and Continuous Announcement a list of applicants will be pulled monthly.
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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.


Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc). Please review the following links to see which documents you need to provide to prove your eligibility to apply: Applicant Checklist for Internal/Merit Promotion Announcements.As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.1. Your resume:

  • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
  • Proof of Eligibility to Apply: Your application must include the documents which prove you are eligible to apply for the vacancy. The Proof of Eligibility document describes authorities commonly used in merit promotion recruitment and what document(s) are required to prove you meet the requirements of the authority. You must meet the requirements of at least one of the authorities listed in the Who May Apply section above to receive further consideration.
  • Time-in-grade documentation: If you are applying for a higher grade and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).
  • This position has an individual occupational requirement and/or allows for substitution of education for experience. If you meet this requirement based on education you MUST submit a copy of your transcript with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 08/08/2024 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12298317).
  • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
  • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
  • It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.
  • Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center.
To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.
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Agency contact information

Army Applicant Help Desk
Vicksburg, MS 39183
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Next steps

Eligible applicants will be referred to the hiring manager.The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews.

Acknowledgement and Notice of Results letters will be sent by the hiring office.

The evaluation will be based on the information you provide. You should expect that we will verify performance, suitability, and security information and take that information into account in making employment offers.

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