New job Industrial Hygienist (Spanish Preferred) in New Jersey
Industrial Hygienist (Spanish Preferred)
Company : US Department of Labor
Salary : $53,433 - $64,649 a year
Location : New Jersey
Position is with U.S. Dept. of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Region II, New York. Selectees will be expected to report to one of the offices listed above. Positions are inside the bargaining unit, require pre-employment physical and a valid drivers license. Additional selections may be made from this announcement if funding becomes available.
Proficiency in the Spanish language, reading and writing is preferred but not required.
GS-09: Provides technical industrial hygiene advice and assistance to employers, employee organizations, and others concerning industrial health hazards and possible approaches to their control; potential hazards resulting from specific work operations, facilities, and equipment. Promotes industrial practices that are consistent with the goals and principles of industrial hygiene, requiring a comprehensive knowledge of a wide variety of chemicals and other hazards, and work practices affecting employee health. Reviews laboratory analyses, and prepares reports which include findings and recommendations for control of identified hazards. Reviews and/or determines the nature of the problem and the number and type of environmental samples to be collected. Examines the effectiveness of existing control measures & collaborates with engineers, safety & occ. health specialists, & other technical personnel to develop & establish effective control measures. Obtains immediate corrective action of conditions which are of imminent danger to life or limb. Assists in the litigation process, providing agency attorneys with information necessary to support the legal defense of actions. Assigns abatement dates and follows up as necessary to ensure that required abatement measures are completed, which, in some cases, requires additional inspections.
GS-11: Conducts interviews as appropriate with witnesses, employees, employers, medical personnel, law enforcement personnel, and/or other persons in order to identify potential symptoms of occupational illness, conditions and potential causes, and to obtain and communicate other case-related information. Documents case files with findings, completes forms, and attaches background notes and other material. Ensures case files are processed within the OSHA Information System in an accurate and timely manner and ensures proper annotation for reporting purposes and achievement of agency goals. Diagrams workplace flow processes; documents descriptions of the work environment, operations, and equipment; and/or photographs operations as necessary, as well as documents measurements of conditions and worker exposure and potential injury from the hazard for complete case file documentation. Documents ongoing cases with relevant documentation to support a legally sufficient case. Testifies in contested court cases as a witness under oath and is subject to examinations conducted by attorneys representing both the agency and the employer. Explains requirements of safety and health standards; effective abatement of hazards; and/or other related matters. Identifies and documents hazards, proposes citations for OSHA standards which have allegedly been violated, and secures immediate corrective action of conditions which are of imminent danger.
Occasional travel - 50% or more: Frequent travel including some extended overnight lodging, some evening and weekend work required to conduct official OSHA enforcement inspection and investigation activities and training purposes
12 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.
Job family (Series)
0690 Industrial Hygiene
- Hygienists, Industrial
- Industrial Hygienists
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship. Must be at least 16 years of age.
- Subject to drug test prior to appointment at GS-11 and GS-12 grade levels.
- Requires a medical examination preemployment and annually.
- Requires a valid drivers license.
- Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
- Appointment to this position will require a background investigation.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
This position is a Non-Sensitive-low Risk position.
All applicants may be required to provide a writing sample at the interview.
Requires a medical examination and valid drivers' license.
Language Preference: Proficiency in the Spanish language, reading and writing is preferred but not required.
THIS POSITION HAS AN INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT (IOR). ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET THIS REQUIREMENT IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED.
The education must be accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- A bachelor’s or graduate/higher level degree in industrial hygiene, occupational health sciences, occupational and environmental health, toxicology, safety sciences, or related science; or
- A bachelor’s degree in a branch of engineering, physical science, or life science that included 12 semester hours in chemistry, including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours of courses in any combination of chemistry, physics, engineering, health physics, environmental health, biostatistics, biology, physiology, toxicology, epidemiology, or industrial hygiene; or
- Certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (external link) (ABIH).
Evaluation of Education: All science or engineering courses offered in fulfillment of the above requirements must be acceptable for credit toward the completion of a standard 4-year professional curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in science or engineering at an accredited college or university.
Evaluation of Experience:
Qualifying experience involves the recognition, evaluation, corrective actions, and elimination of environmental conditions in the workplace that causes sickness, impaired health, or illness. This experience must demonstrate a professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of industrial hygiene and closely related sciences such as physics and engineering controls.
Such work must have involved experience in all of the following areas: the acquisition of quantitative and qualitative data, and the measurement of exposures for a variety of chemical, physical, and biological stresses; the analysis of the data acquired and the prediction of probable effects of exposures on the health and well-being of workers; and the selection and recommendation of appropriate controls, including management, medical, engineering, education or training, and personal protective equipment.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
In addition to the meeting the above IOR, applicant's must demonstrate specialized experience in their resumes. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the Industrial Hygienist.
For GS-9: In addition to meeting the individual occupational requirement, applicants must have at least 52 weeks specialized experience at the next lower level in the normal career progression of the position being filled. When compared to Federal experience, this experience must be equivalent to at least the next lower grade level of GS-07. This experience may have been gained either in the Federal or Private sectors. Resumes should reflect but is not limited to the following specialized experience listed below:
- Assisting in the planning of and/or conducting occupational safety and/or occupational health inspections of workplaces where the exposures and types of hazards are predictable in advance. Examples may include the following:
- Health sampling;
- Chemical exposures and/or overexposures;
- Noise exposures and/or overexposures;
- Equipment and/or machine operations;
- Environmental conditions;
- Work practices;
- Protective devices and/or protective equipment;
- Safety procedures.
- Conducts research and studies records and/or files regarding any of the following: Occupational safety and/or occupational health mishaps/accidents;
- Occupational safety and/or occupational health injuries;
- Equipment maintenance data.
- Identifying occupational health and safety hazard
- Assist in developing legally sufficient occupational safety and/or occupational health investigation or inspection reports;
- Assist in and/or knowledge of calculating penalties to be assessed based on the (a) gravity of occupational safety and/or occupational health violations.
Substitution of Education for Experience: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. in industrial hygiene, occupational health, occupational and environmental health, toxicology, public health, or safety and health related field.
For GS-11: In addition to meeting the individual occupational requirement, applicants must have at least 52 weeks specialized experience at the next lower level in the normal career progression of the position being filled. When compared to Federal experience, this experience must be equivalent to at least the next lower grade level of GS-09. This experience may have been gained either in the Federal or Private sectors. Resumes should reflect but is not limited to the following specialized experience listed below:
- Planning and conducting or assisting in the planning and conducting of evaluations of workplace operations involving potentially hazardous environmental conditions. Such conditions could include any of the following:
- Chemical conditions and/or exposures;
- Biological conditions and/or exposures to biological agents;
- Environmental conditions.
- Assist in conducting sampling for occupational health-related hazards and/or exposure levels and reviewing laboratory analyses of health-related sampling, prepare reports that include findings and recommendations for the control of identified hazards;
- Conducting occupational health investigations and/or occupational health inspections;
- Conducts interviews with employers and/or employees and/or employee representatives and/or emergency services personnel and/or law enforcement officials and/or other parties to identify unhealthful working conditions and/or causes of injuries/illnesses/fatalities AND to obtain information required to conduct a legally sufficient occupational health investigation;
- Developing legally sufficient occupational safety and/or occupational health investigation or inspection reports;
- Identifying occupational health and safety hazard and applying occupational safety and/or occupational health standards and criteria to unsafe working conditions.
- Calculating penalties to be assessed based on the (a) gravity of occupational safety and/or occupational health violations and (b) the severity of possible injury or illness and the probability that such could occur.
Substitution of Education for Experience: Ph.D degree or three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or equivalent doctoral degree in industrial hygiene, occupational health, occupational and environmental health, toxicology, public health, or safety and health related field.
Spanish language skills (preferred but not required): Knowledge of the structure and content of the Spanish language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.
If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.
Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:
Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others.
Technical Competence - Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
Self-Management - Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision.
Technology Application - Uses machines, tools, instruments, or equipment effectively; uses computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format.
The information you provide on your resume may be verified by a review of your work experience, employment start/end dates/hours worked and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLE(S) ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligible(s) who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified." Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation. Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password-protected documents.- Resumes are required - provide a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one from your profile. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list the month, year, and the number of work hours worked for the experience listed on your resume. We also suggest that you preview the vacancy questions, and confirm that your resume supports your question responses.
- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
- Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted. Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.
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.
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This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.