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DOL News Release No. 04-2125
U.S. Department of Labor
Contact: Eryn Witcher
Phone: (202) 693-4676
Contact: Suzy Bohnert
Phone: (202) 693-9420

Released Friday, October 15, 2004

MSHA Taking Hiring Efforts to Mining Communities Nationwide
Agency to Conduct Next On-Site Applicant Screening Sessions in KY and VA


ARLINGTON, Va.-The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is continuing an unprecedented effort to recruit replacements for its force of federal mine inspectors. The agency is using on-site applicant screening sessions, the next of which are slated for Prestonsburg, Ky., on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24; Norton, Va., on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27; and Barbourville, Ky., on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.

Individuals interested in entry-level mine inspector positions with the agency will be asked to appear at the designated location to be tested and interviewed. Successful applicants will be enrolled into the Federal Career Intern Program.

The on-site applicant screening sessions will be conducted nationwide during the next six months. MSHA is looking for dedicated professionals who are committed to a career in mine safety and health. The duty locations for the positions being filled are near each screening location. MSHA inspectors not only enforce mine safety and health regulations at various mining operations, but will also be expected to explain and hand out training materials for targeted violations, evaluate the effectiveness of safety programs at mining sites, and conduct root-cause analysis to address underlying causes of mining industry accidents.

Interested applicants for the mine inspector positions must bring to the screening a completed job application or resume for the mine inspector position for which they wish to apply (see MSHA Web site for specific inspector position advertised at www.msha.gov) and a valid photo identification. Spaces for applicants are limited at each location and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must be available at the designated time to be allowed to take a math and writing test. They will be interviewed after passing the tests.

Applicants will be notified of test results, and selected candidates will participate in a two-year formal training program. Applicants must be physically able to efficiently perform arduous duties. Selected applicants at the GS-9 level will receive a starting salary of approximately $40,000 annually. Interested parties should check the MSHA Web site to ensure availability of applicant slots before appearing at the screening.

During October, the applicant screenings for the mine inspector positions will be held in the following locations. Applicants must arrive by no later than 8 a.m. at each location:

Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, 2004 - Test Site: Prestonsburg, Ky. - Prestonsburg Holiday Inn, 1887 North U.S. 23
For mine inspector positions in Pikeville; Elkhorn City; Phelps; Martin; and Whitesburg, Ky.

Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, 2004 - Test Site: Norton, Va. - Holiday Inn Norton, 551 Highway 58 East
For mine inspector positions in Norton, Grundy, and Richlands, Va.

Oct. 29 and Oct. 30, 2004 - Test Site:Barbourville, Ky. - Union College, 310 College Street
For mine inspector positions in Barbourville; Harlan; Hazard; and Hindman, KY; and Jacksboro, Tenn.

For further information on MSHA's inspector positions, visit the Jobs at MSHA link under the About MSHA heading on the agency Web site at www.msha.gov.