This position serves as the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Supervisory Industrial Hygiene and Safety Manager in Manhattan, Kansas. The mission of the NBAF is to serve as a state-of-the-art biocontainment facility for the study of foreign animal, emerging, and zoonotic (transmitted from animals to humans) diseases that threaten the U.S. animal agriculture and public health; and provide and strengthen our nation with critical capabilities to conduct research, develop vaccines and other countermeasures, diagnose and train veterinarians and other professionals in preparedness and response against these diseases. The NBAF science programs are carried out by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Strategically, NBAF will contain new and expanded capabilities, specifically, large animal biosafety level 4 (ABSL-4) containment for the study of high-consequence diseases affecting large livestock. The Supervisory Industrial Hygiene and Safety Manager is responsible for oversight of all safety, industrial hygiene and occupational health activities and will have lead responsibility for developing and overseeing a comprehensive safety, industrial hygiene, and occupational health program within the NBAF.
Conditions of Employment
You must be a US Citizen or US National
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
Successful completion of a 1 year probationary period is required (if new hire to federal service).
Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.
Direct Deposit : Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/
Successful completion of one-year trial period.
Testing Designated Position: Selectee must submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and random testing thereafter. Final appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results for illegal drug use.
Valid state driver's license is required at the time of application.
Immunizations may be required
This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation in telework is at the discretion of the supervisor.
Your may have exposure to disease conditions and agents that would require personal protective equipment/clothing, safeguards and enrollment in a health monitoring program.
The selectee is expected to disrobe, shower in and shower out, and wear laboratory-issued uniforms when working in high Bio-Security Level 2, 3, and 4 laboratories as a regular part of his/her duties.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.
BASIC REQUIREMENT: Industrial Hygiene Series 0690
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
Courses in the history or teaching of chemistry are not acceptable.
FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
Writing policies and procedures for a safety, industrial hygiene, occupational health, or respiratory protection program.
Working with or managing investigations of safety and health incidents, complaints, or accidents.
Participating in inspections or audits of facility safety, industrial hygiene, or occupational health programs.
Leading or coordinating project teams and directing work of others.
Education is not qualifying for this grade level.
TRANSCRIPTS are required:
This position requires specific coursework or a degree in a specific field to be basically qualified.
This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university
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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Additional Salary Information: Relocation:
You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
Yes as determined by agency policy
Internal Number: DE-10458645-19-VSNB
The NBAF, a new, state-of-the-art biosafety level (BSL) 3 & 4 facility, located in Manhattan, KS, will enable the U.S. to conduct comprehensive research, develop vaccines and anti-virals, and provide enhanced diagnostic and training capabilities to protect our country from numerous foreign animal, emerging and zoonotic diseases to assist in protecting our food supply and the nation’s agriculture economyand public health.