Website West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Salary $39,372.00 – $72,840.00 Annually
- Nature of Work
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)/ Division of Mining and Reclamation/ Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh, and Roane Co. – *** Office Location: 601 57th Street, Southeast Charleston, WV 25304*** – Employee will be assigned to the Division of Mining and Reclamation Operations. Under administrative direction, will perform highly technical research on blasting operations at surface mine sites for establishing standards for blaster training and blasting procedures used by the Division. Employee will act as a technical blasting expert for the Division and will need highly specialized knowledge of explosive products, blasting equipment, blast log requirements, blasting techniques, blast design and planning, blast vibration control and explosives inventory records, in order to evaluate blasting laws, rules, safe practices and best available technology for control of the effects of blasting. Extensive research into scientific publication on blasting seismology, the effects of blasting and the mechanics of blasting will be required. Employee will be required to draft reports and make presentations on blasting research conducted and explosive topics at various forums. Will be required to use computers to compile, evaluate and prepare data for use in presentations and reports using complex mathematical and analytical skills. Research and Training duties: employee will conduct extensive research to assist in improving Blaster Certification Program and Division of Mining and Reclamation blasting enforcement requirements. Duties include the following: conducting detailed scientific research projects through collection of field data using highly sophisticated monitoring equipment, by on-site inspections and/or interviews, literature research into scientific publications; attend seminars to evaluate training derived from the seminar for acceptance and possible use in the Certified Blasters program; assist in drafting of lesson plans, testing, and presentation materials, including instructional duties; review and track testing of Certified Blasters for program requirements and improvements; use and prepare maps for training, presentation, enforcement and regulatory evaluation purposes; compile, evaluate and prepare data for use in presentations using complex mathematical, analytical and computer skills; attend and make presentations at various training seminars and conferences; be required to attend training and personal development courses; assist with training and testing of inspection staff, consultants, and blasters in both field and classroom settings; investigate and report findings of misfires, fly rock, and other unusual blasting incidents. Inspection duties include, examining blasting areas, blasting records, blasting procedures and operations, and all other aspects of the mining operation as necessary to determine compliance with all blasting laws and rules. Employee will mainly provide assistance to the inspection and enforcement section for these duties. They will have the authority and may be required to perform those duties individually. Must possess refined communication skills and must be able to explain highly technical findings and research in layman’s terms. Must be able to work and communicate effectively with Reclamation Inspectors and Supervisors, Surface Mine Blasters, Foreman, Superintendents, and other coal company officials, as well as, complaints adjusters, attorneys, claimants, and the general public, often in adverse or stressful situations. Position will require overnight travel throughout the state. Duties may require working alone and walking long distances under adverse conditions in difficult terrain while carrying relatively heavy scientific instruments. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle. Position will require the employee to perform effectively and efficiently with limited supervision to establish priorities, planning his/her schedule for completing the required job duties.
NOTE: The emphasis of this position will be on research, training and enforcement; dealing with surface mine and quarry blasting; position will require experience and proficiency in the use of explosives and surface mine blasting. Preference will be given to qualified individuals with technical expertise and experience in explosives and blasting, and that possess computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, ARCGIS, CAD Drafting and GPS applications.
NOTE: Selected employee must pass the Surface Mine Blaster Certification Examination with a score of 80% or better, within the first six months of employment.
NOTE: The recommended candidate will be subject to a search of his or her motor vehicle record (MVR) prior to being hired.
NOTE: Regular attendance is an essential part of this position.
NOTE: Qualifying applicants will be required to complete an internet-based profile assessment to compare the applicant’s thinking and reasoning skills, behavioral traits and the occupational interests against the traits determined to be important to the posted position.
NOTE: To be considered for this position, applicant must have permanent civil service status (this includes reinstatements) and meet the minimum requirements or be within the top ten percent of the Division of Personnel competitive register for this job classification.
NOTE: All new employees that are involved with Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) of 1977 must file prior to final appointment and annually thereafter, a statement of employment and financial interest (OSM23). Performs other duties as assigned.
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- Minimum Qualifications
- Training: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with a major in chemistry, physics, geography, geology, biology, engineering, environmental studies, or natural science.
Substitution: Associate’s degree in the required fields above with a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field may substitute for the specified Bachelor’s degree above.
Experience: Six years of full-time or equivalent part-time paid professional experience in the acquisition, preservation, protection and enhancement of environmental resources, or in environmental protection, or in an agency specific area related to environmental impact.Substitution: Master’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with a major in chemistry, physics, geography, geology, biology, engineering, environmental studies, or natural science may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
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- West Virginia
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Building 3 Suite 500
Charleston, West Virginia, 25305
- (304) 558-3950
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