Safety Officer

Administrative Green Bank, West Virginia



                Safety Officer








Position Title:


Safety Officer

Internal Posting Begin Date:



Internal Posting End Date:



Duty Station:


Green Bank, WV

Salary Interval:


Per Year

Job Schedule:


Full Time




Level of Education:


Bachelor Degree

Years of Experience:




Position Description:


Position Summary

NRAO is seeking an experienced Safety Officer to join our Environmental, Safety and Security (ES&S) team.  Reporting to the ES&S Manager, this position must ensure appropriate and sufficient communications between ES&S and the site stakeholders served by the ES&S Division. This is a Safety Sensitive position as noted in the position requirements section. Every reference herein to ‘safety’ or ‘ES&S’ refers to the entire program scope of environment, safety, and security components.


The position is responsible for Observatory compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local environmental, safety, security, and health regulations and Observatory Environmental, Safety and Security (ES&S) policy requirements.  Use initiative and independent judgement within established Observatory and ES&S procedural guidelines to oversee the daily management of ES&S program at the assigned site(s) to maintain employee awareness and compliance with program requirements.  Maintain compliance records. Assist managers with safety issues and participate in safety investigations. In addition, may oversee programs that are complex in scope or have significant responsibility for a system-wide program.  Job classification and compensation will be commensurate with education and experience.


Job Duties Summary

Responsible for implementation and administration of the ES&S program for assigned site(s) which includes:

  • Develop and conduct effective trainings and makes available resources on ES&S policies and procedures to ensure full compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and Observatory environmental, safety, security, and health regulations.
  • Support Emergency Services volunteer efforts including emergency preparedness actions, Observatory EMS planning and coordination, as well as fire prevention and response planning.
  • Keep up-to-date the Site Safety Manual to include periodic review and revision to ensure the manual is current to operational requirements, personnel changes, and various governing regulations.
  • Conduct scheduled and unscheduled inspections to assess risks and hazards.
  • Investigate, document, and report on all accidents and incidents including near miss or "close call" incidents under the areas of responsibility. 
  • Notify management staff regarding violation of safety regulations and codes; make recommendations for corrections and follow-up to ensure that violations or identified unsafe conditions have been corrected.
  • Investigate concerns or complaints submitted by management, employees, the public and/or regulatory agencies; evaluate concerns and alternatives, and make recommendations to management for corrective action, as required.
  • Interpret, apply, and explain applicable laws, codes, regulations, and guidelines. 
  • Maintain accurate records; prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Work closely with all levels of the organization and interface with staff and management to identify and resolve ES&S issues and concerns.
  • Post government required notices (e.g., OSHA Log-300 related). 
  • Authorized to stop a work activity if continuation of such activity constitutes an imminent threat to personnel, site equipment or property.
  • Assist in developing ES&S programs, corporate policies and to provide technical assistance as applicable.  Position require technical writing ability.
  • Will occasionally be required to work around hazardous materials and must be familiar with handling requirements, regulations and PPE associated.
  • Perform a variety of environmental tests using sophisticated testing equipment; record and summarize results and prepare recommendations based upon study results.
  • May be assigned responsibility for conducting or overseeing personal protective equipment programs, CDL Drug and Alcohol Testing Program, etc. as directed by the ES&S Manager.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Additional responsibilities will be assigned to a Senior Safety Officer to include. 

  • Acts as Training Manager overseeing all safety education and training curriculum to ensure a consistent and effective message.
  • Research, develop, implement and evaluate, after approval, internal safety programs, rules, policies and guidelines; prepare manuals, training outlines and employee instructions.
  • Develop and continually review safety policies, write procedures and disseminate information.
  • Direct or provide research, technical expertise, designs programs and/or analysis and makes recommendations to ES&S management on a variety of difficult safety or health issues, programs, topics or enforcement concerns including current or proposed regulations and long-range strategic plans and their potential impact upon operations.
  • Perform risk assessment and disaster preparedness reports.  May recommend and implement risk management programs and policies as a secondary function.
  • May serve on special committees or projects.


Work Environment

Indoor and outdoor work is required, occasionally at high altitudes and heights of up to 100 feet. Periodic travel is required (<25%).


Physical Demands

Work is typically performed throughout the Observatory and both indoor and outdoor work is required. Will be required to stand and sit, and perform fine hand manipulation. Must be able to operate a personal computer. Must work safely near moving mechanical parts and/or with electrical equipment. Occasionally required to climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, and crouch. May occasionally work at high altitudes, and in high, precarious places and in extreme weather conditions, and may be exposed to chemicals, or the risk of electrical shock. May frequently lift up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color and depth perception are required.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety or Health, Industrial Hygiene, or a closely related field.


Preferred Education/Certifications

Associate Safety Professional certification or higher.  Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety or Health, Industrial Hygiene, or a closely related field.


Minimum Experience

Three years of highly relevant work experience, or 10 years at the Observatory in general operation roles with experience as in a First Responder and other related safety awareness role. 


Preferred Experience

Eight years of highly relevant work experience.  Experience in safety training program development highly preferred. Project management experience preferred.  Knowledge of electrical safety program requirements, loss prevention, ability to review and interpret the legal and risk aspects of contracts and agreements, claims investigation and/or management. Excellent researching skills.


Special Requirements:

Must have, or have the ability to obtain, a valid driver’s license.


Competency Summary

Strong presentation skills to be able to present information in an effective, comprehensive manner.   Strong verbal communication skills in order to communicate objectives and solutions. Strong technical writing skills.  Ability to develop and implement policy. Ability to develop budgets and long-term plans.  Must be able to work effectively as a member of the ES&S team and with all levels of the Observatory.   Ability and willingness to earn technician level board certification (or higher) is required (CCHST, etc.) with satisfactory progress toward certification being demonstrated annually. Strong PC skills and knowledge of database management data entry procedures. Ability to collect and report data. Ability to multi-task and prioritize projects.  Knowledge of project management principles.


Safety Sensitive

The selected candidate must successfully pass a post-offer, pre-employment/pre-placement drug screen.  Failure to pass the Screen will disqualify the candidate from employment consideration for a period of six months from the date of the results.


Application Instructions:


Apply online at the Associated University Inc. / NRAO / GBO / Careers page; upload CV/Resume and letter of interest.


AUI is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.  To view our complete statement, please visit  If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to



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