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Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Surface Mining Reclamation Specialist in Alton, Illinois


OSMRE is looking for a talented, highly motivated, and professional for a Surface Mining Reclamation Specialist position. This position is located within the Mid-Continent Region, Alton Field Office, Interior Regions 3, 4, & 6, Alton, IL. Are you interested? If so, then don't miss this opportunity! We want your application today! Come join a rewarding team of employees within OSMRE who are located throughout the United States.


As a Surface Mining Reclamation Specialist, you will: Serve as Authorized Representative of the Secretary of the Interior and perform comprehensive inspection and enforcement duties. Plan and conduct comprehensive inspections of coal mines (surface and underground), processing plants, tipples, reclaimed mines and other land areas, and bodies of water. Review mining permits and plan to determine approved method, sequence, and direction of mining and reclamation activities; review inspection reports and coordinate with State, Tribal and Federal personnel to obtain the best recent data concerning the mining/reclamation activities. Conduct ground and aerial inspection activities at mine sites and related facilities; discuss conditions, practices and violations requiring enforcement actions with the State/Tribal inspector to include providing advice, assistance and recommendations to inspectors. Discuss findings with State/Tribal inspectors and with mine operation officials; point out violations encountered; discuss alternatives for abatement of any violation encountered; prepare accurate and comprehensive inspection report documenting findings; issue Ten-Day Notices, Notices of Violations and/or Cessation Orders, using sound professional judgment to determine which provisions of which laws/regulations/permit conditions are violated, what is the appropriate abatement actions and what is the appropriate time for abatement. Explain to permittee/operator and other interested parties the effect of the enforcement actions taken; collect and preserve all evidence needed to justify enforcement actions, or relevant to evaluation of the regulatory authority's permitting, inspection, enforcement and bond release activities. Schedule and conduct follow-up inspections; issue modifications, vacations or terminations of enforcement action; and completes inspection reports and inspection statements to assist civil penalty assessment.


Conditions of Employment


All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-09/24/2020 -unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement. Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience.For current Federal employees, if hours worked per week are not included on your resume, you must submit a non-award SF-50 as part of your application to be used to validate your work schedule and determine the amount of specialized experience that you will be granted. An award SF-50 will not be acceptable documentation for which to consider your amount of qualifying experience.For all other applicants who are not current federal employees, your resume must state either "full-time" (or "40 hours a week") or "part-time" with the number of hours worked per week to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience. For periods of time that reflect military service, the DD-214 or Statement of Service is sufficient to meet the full and/or part-time hours requirement as the service dates will be reflected. To qualify for this position at the GS-12 grade level, you must possess the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Candidate must possess at least one year of specialized experience with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, that are typically in or directly related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service, (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Specialized Experience is defined as: Conducting surveys of hazards resulting from slides or wastes or spoil material, inundations; - Evaluating reclamation problems such as subsidence, acid drainage, sedimentation, erosion, control, and water quality; - Inspecting active and abandoned mines to determine if there are any violations; conducting soil surveys, plant survival studies, and water testing to determine forestry and agronomic species adaptability to the environment; - applying reclamation techniques to resolve reclamation problems; and developing mine plans or permits. Medical Requirements: Medical requirements must be met prior to appointment. The duties of these positions require arduous physical exertion under dangerous and rigorous conditions. Employees may work irregular and protracted hours and are subject to all the dangers inherent in strip mining. Any organic, functional, or structural disease, defect, or limitation that interferes with safe and efficient performance of the duties of these positions will disqualify an applicant for appointment. Applicants must meet the following requirements. You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies." Time-in-grade restrictions apply. Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart 5.Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. 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. IMPORTANT: Human Resources is not permitted to "read between the lines," make assumptions about, or infer what duties you performed in your work history. To ensure that we can credit your experience, we recommend that you update your resume to specifically address the duties described above. One year of experience refers to full-time work. Your resume must include the number of hours worked per week.


There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade level of this announcement.

Additional Information

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. Physical Demands: Work is sedentary and requires transportation to mines involves travel by air and ground. Up to 60% of the time may be in the field. Incumbent regularly conducts onĀ­ site inspections of surface coal mines. Physical activities consist of extensive walking, steep climbing in and around coal mines, kneeling and stooping while carrying samples and equipment weighing 25 to 40 pounds. Incumbent must operate government vehicle, including those which have four-wheel drive. Work Environment: Some of the work is in an office environment. Field work occurs during periods of varying weather conditions, often during dusty or muddy conditions and extreme temperature conditions. Work involves exposure to high explosives, earthmoving equipment, risk of landslides, injurious noise, fly rock, potentially hazardous acid preservatives, and other hazards. Incumbent will also be required to ride in fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft on aerial inspections. Protective equipment is required including steel toed-boots, hard hats, safety glasses, Nomex suits, flight helmets, and other related gear. REMOTE TELEWORK: OSMRE has determined that the duties ARE not suitable for remote work and requires the selectee to perform work at the duty location stated in this vacancy announcement. TELEWORK: OSMRE has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework at supervisor's discretion. E-Verify: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Financial Disclosure: Candidates for employment are required to submit a "Statement of Financial Interests." Selectee will be required to file Forms OGE 450 and DI 1993 upon entrance on the job and annually thereafter to avoid any conflict of employment and financial interests. Every OSMRE employee is prohibited from owning any direct or indirect financial interest in a coal mining operation, in accordance with 30 CFR 706. The financial interest of an OSMRE employee's spouse, minor child or relative living with the employee is imputed to the employee. A new employee owning any interest in coal mining operations will be required to divest themselves of the interest. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information,