Mine Safety and Health Inspector (Coal)

About the Agency

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

MSHA is establishing a standing register of qualified (UNDERGROUND, SURFACE AND ELECTRICAL) applicants to fill vacancies as they become available in MSHA’s Coal Districts. Applicants are required to attend a MSHA Coal job fair to receive consideration. Applicants who apply to the vacancy announcement and are determined to be qualified will receive more specific information on the job fairs.

This position has promotion potential to the GS-12 for all Inspector positions. Promotion Potential: There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

  • This position is inside the bargaining unit.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.


MSHA Inspector job responsibilities include conducting on-site inspections or investigations of underground and surface mines in order to: Identify potential hazardous conditions to the safety and health of workers; Ensure proper mining equipment maintenance and use; Check mining practices for conformance with safety and health laws and regulations; Issue citations when violations and hazards are identified; Determine how accidents and disasters are caused and prevented; Help direct rescue and fire fighting operations after fires or explosions; Investigate safety and health complaints from mine personnel; and Discuss inspection/investigation findings and provide technical advice and assistance to mine management and personnel.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Entry level inspectors will spend approximately 21 weeks at the National Mine Academy in Beckley, WV for training during their first 2 years of service. All Inspectors travel to mine sites on a regular basis. Occassional overnight travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

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