Safety and Occupational Health Specialist

Boise, ID or Portland, OR

Positions will be filled in location listed above for the US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region X.  Selectee 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. Learn more about this agency


The salaries listed in the announcement are the Rest of the United States rates of pay.  If you would like to see the pay tables for each location, please copy or click the link below:

Department of Labor does not negotiate salary.  If you have never worked for the Federal government, your salary will reflect the step 1 rate of the grade level for which you have been selected.


GS-7:  Participate as a member of an inspection team led by a higher-graded specialist and assist in the planning of and/or conduct a limited segment of a major investigation or a small investigation where the exposure and type of hazard and unsafe working conditions is predictable in advance. Researches and studies records and files covering mishaps, injuries, and equipment maintenance data. Audits employer occupational safety and health injury records, safety plans, and program documentation. Assists in the documentation of conducted portions of investigations to help support a legally sufficient case. Takes photographs and videos of apparent violations of occupational safety and health standards. Assists in preparing for opening and closing conferences and outreach activities. Responds to requests for information on OSHA policies, regulations, and programs.

GS-9:  Assists in planning and conducting portions or limited inspections or compliance reviews (or independently conducts inspections of business establishments and worksites whose operations are generally characterized by the presence of moderately stable, low-risk processes or some higher hazards or unsafe working conditions. Studies records and reports of occupational safety and health mishaps, injuries, and illnesses. Conducts research of employers and their previous OSHA enforcement activity in advance of new inspections or investigations and to respond to requests for information. Utilizes the automated enforcement system to calculate penalties assessed to employers based on the gravity, severity, and probability of occupational safety and health violations. Writes complete and legally sufficient case files documenting all inspection procedures, interviews, sampling, identified hazards, and corrective actions. Assists Department of Labor attorneys in the preparation of evidence for contested cases. Assists in conducting or may conduct opening and closing conferences with management officials, employees, and labor representatives regarding enforcement findings and applicable occupational safety and health policies and regulations.

Candidate required to obtain the necessary security investigation level.

Travel Required

50% or less – 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.