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Industrial Hygienist - Safety Officer

Compensation: $61,947 to $97,430 per year. This is a federal position with full benefits at the GS09-GS11 level. (Beginning grade level commensurate with experience - more on that below!)

Location: Edgewater, Maryland

Deadline: May 19, 2022

To apply: Apply through USAJOBS using one of the links below:

https://www.usajobs.gov/job/650538400 (Use this link if you are a current or former federal employee, veteran, military spouse, individual with a disability, current or former volunteer with Peace Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA or fall under another special authority.)

https://www.usajobs.gov/job/650133700 (Non-federal applicants and members of the general public should use this link)

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The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) invites applications for Industrial Hygienist. SERC is a research institute of the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to ecological and environmental research and education. Its campus consists of 2,650 acres of forest, farmland, and wetlands and 15 miles of shoreline of Chesapeake Bay. SERC is based in Edgewater, Maryland, 25 miles from the central Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and 5 miles from Annapolis, Maryland.

The SERC campus includes an array of historic and modern buildings, a large modern laboratory building, wet lab and dock facilities, and other facilities for environmental research and education. Staff include approximately 110 employees, 40 interns and 500 volunteers, plus 40 maintenance and security staff managed centrally on site. SERC receives 15,000 visitors annually, including 6,000 school children on field trips.

Description:

The SERC Industrial Hygienist is responsible for a comprehensive program encompassing laboratory, field, office, and visitor safety at SERC. Laboratory research programs include radioactive, chemical, and other hazardous materials such as solvents, radioactive tracers, and toxic metals. Outdoor field work includes work in the forest, marsh, and estuary with stinging and biting insects, noxious plants, sharp points on crabs and fish; and working on docks, with animals, 4WD vehicles and boats. Visitor safety includes trail safety, safety for program participants, and facilities safety for visitors.

Key duties include:

  • Coordinate hazardous chemical management compliance for a natural science research center, including proper inventory, storage, disposal, waste management planning, inspection, corrections, and reporting.
  • Coordinate safe operations and safety compliance for all people on SERC’s campus, provide safety and hazard training and drills, perform safety inspections, and develop safety reports.
  • Coordinate radiation safety management for a natural science research center, including proper inventory, storage, disposal, inspection, and reporting.
  • Coordinates SERC safety and emergency preparation with relevant Smithsonian units and offices, serving as SERC’s industrial hygiene and safety point of contact.

The Industrial Hygienist reports to the Executive Officer as a member of the SERC Directorate and serves as SERC’s principal liaison with the central Smithsonian Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Management based in Washington, D.C. The Industrial Hygienist works closely with Facilities Maintenance and Protection Services at SERC. The Industrial Hygienist ensures compliance with all applicable laws, policies, and procedures pertaining to safety in the day-to-day operations of the Center.

The SERC community seeks to fill this key position with a person who works well with a diverse community of staff, students, volunteers and visitors to sustain a safe working environment and who can flexibly adapt to changing situations.

Qualifications:

This position is open to all U.S. citizens. The SERC community recognizes the value of diversity in promoting innovative science and creative solutions, and we strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. We recognize that each applicant for this role will bring unique skills, knowledge, experiences and background to this position. The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race/ethnicity, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital/parental/caregiver status and disability.

Basic 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 (ABIH) or Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC).

Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. Evidence of the Selective Placement Factor must be reflected in your resume. The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: experience maintaining inventories for and contributing to reports for Hazardous Chemical Management of a natural science research center or laboratory.

Qualifications (GS-09 level):
You qualify for this position at the GS-09 level if you have:

  • Experience - One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position, "specialized experience" is defined as serving a natural science research center/laboratory to coordinate safe and compliant hazardous chemical waste management according to hazardous waste management plans and national and state chemical safety regulations, and support personnel safety. Here, natural science research refers to active scientific research in fields related to biology, ecology, chemistry, geology, and Earth science.

OR

  • Education - 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree or LL. B or J.D. if related.

Qualifications (GS-11 level):
You qualify for this position at the GS-11 level if you have:

  • Experience - One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position, "specialized experience" is defined as serving a natural science research center/laboratory to coordinate safe and compliant hazardous chemical waste management according to hazardous waste management plans and national and state chemical safety regulations, and support personnel safety. Here, natural science research refers to active scientific research in fields related to biology, ecology, chemistry, geology, and Earth science.

OR

  • Education - 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week, in addition to the months and years worked in each position.

This is a permanent, full-time federal position with accompanying benefits, to be filled at the GS-09 or GS-11 level (beginning grade level commensurate with experience, full performance level at GS-11).

About the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center:

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is a research institute of the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to environmental research and education. SERC’s 2,650-acre campus is a living laboratory for long-term ecosystem research on forests, farmland, wetlands, shorelines and estuaries. SERC is strategically located in a rural landscape with immediate proximity to the Baltimore-Washington, D.C.-Annapolis urban system on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay and central to the Bay’s large watershed.  Our vibrant community of 150 staff includes principal investigators, educators, technicians, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate researchers, who annually engage and collaborate with interns, 500+ volunteers, and 15,000 public visitors.