Safety & Occupational Health Specialist, GS-0018-12

Norfolk, Virginia
Jan 22, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
Full Time

The selectee will serve as a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist in the Health Safety Division, responsible for review of planning proposals for compliance with safety and occupational health standards, investigating mishaps and employee complaints concerning hazardous work operations and conditions, evaluating CG units to program in eliminating or controlling hazards.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team.
  • Scheduling and conducting a full range of inspections throughout the region to identify and evaluate the hazard potential of a wide variety of conditions, including work and living environments, vessels, aircraft facilities and shore facilities.
  • Analyzing factors and cause data in order to develop specific methods for prevention.
  • Advising top level management of the CG unit or District Staff on the status of the safety and occupational health programs and recommends changes to meet new safety and occupational health standards.
  • Instructing employees on a variety of safety and occupational health subjects including regulations, practices, procedures appropriate to their work; participates in the development of novel or innovative safety training and promotion activities; prepares technical safety bulletins and composes safety notices, instructions, and directives.
  • Reviewing design plans for new construction, modification or renovations of structures and coordinates efforts with the engineering and planning functions to ensure all code, standards, and guidelines in the safety areas are incorporated in the initial planning stages; recommends changes as necessary to obtain compliance with standards and minimize hazards.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI)
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. This includes Time-In-Grade requirements for current status employees applying through merit promotion procedures. Status applicants applying for a promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade.

As required by Executive Order 14043 and guidance issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Taskforce, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22, 2021 and will be required to submit documentation of proof of vaccination.


At the GS 12 Level: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 11 level in the federal service. Specialized experience includes: Managing safety or occupational health program elements, Developing and recommending safety and occupational health policy to higher levels of management, Applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational safety and health requirements, Developing safety and occupational health standards, regulations, practices, and procedures to eliminate or control potential hazards, Developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses, Managing safety or occupational health program elements; recommending safety and occupational health policy; applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures; and advising or resolving technical matters dealing with occupational safety and health requirements.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


This position does not have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here

Additional information

Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6291. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation