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MSHA News Release: [07/23/2007]
Contact: Dirk Fillpot          Amy Louviere
Phone:    (202) 693-9406   (202) 693-9423
Release Number 07-1112-DEN


U.S. Labor Department's MSHA seeks to hire mine inspectors to work in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming
Applicant screenings to take place August 4 and 5 in Golden, Colo., for all locations


DENVER - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will continue efforts to hire new metal and nonmetal mine inspectors by conducting applicant screenings August 4 and 5 at the Marriott Hotel, 1717 Denver West Blvd., Golden, Colo. Positions are available in Mesa, Ariz.; Denver, Colo.; Topeka, Kan.; Helena, Mont.; Rapid City, S.D.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Green River, Wyo.

Interested citizens who have not previously registered via MSHA's Web site are welcome to attend, subject to space availability. This screening under the agency's Mine Inspector Career Trainee Program is intended to recruit candidates for general and electrical positions. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and testing will begin at 8 a.m. MDT.

"We're interested in hiring individuals who want to dedicate themselves to MSHA's mission and help us eliminate hazards that threaten working miners," said Richard E. Stickler, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "This agency needs motivated professionals eager to help us continue to protect the mining industry's number one resource: miners."

Everyone attending the screening should bring a completed resume and photo identification. Check MSHA's Web site at www.msha.gov to confirm the status of the screenings before traveling to the site.

All applicants will be notified of test results. Selected candidates will participate in a formal two-year training program. Successful candidates should be able to perform arduous duties and can expect a starting annual salary of about $43,000. In addition to a 40-hour workweek with generous annual, sick and holiday leave, selected candidates are offered health, life and long-term care insurance; a stable retirement program, including a tax-deferred savings plan; travel reimbursement; and flexible spending accounts for medical and dental expenses.

For additional information, please visit MSHA's Inspector Career Trainee Program Web pages at www.msha.gov/Inspectors/InspectorsInternProgram.asp.


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