Safety Officer, EMS (4618) - UPDATED

Other Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is pleased to announce an opportunity for an experienced Safety Officer that will serve as the site Emergency Management Services (EMS) Specialist. The position will be located at the Very Large Array, 50 miles west of Socorro, NM.


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. The position is responsible for Observatory compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local environmental, safety, security, and EMS regulations and Environmental, Safety and Security (ES&S) policy requirements.  Use initiative and independent judgement within established guidelines to oversee the daily management of ES&S EMS program at the assigned site(s) to maintain employee awareness and compliance.


The incumbent plans, directs, leads, and reviews the functions and activities of emergency services teams comprised of volunteers from various divisions.  Site emergency services teams include Fire Brigade, Emergency Medical Services, and Rope Rescue.  Work is performed in conjunction with site Safety Officer(s).  This position is designated a Safety Sensitive position.


Job Duties Summary


The following is a summary of the primary activities, but includes related duties as required.  Primary expectations, outlined in the following, include Safety, Training, Emergency Response Team development, Interaction and Emergency Procedures:


  • Keep up-to-date the Site Safety and EMS SOPs/SOGs to include periodic review and revision to ensure guides are current to operational requirements, and various governing regulations.
  • Conduct scheduled and unscheduled inspections to assess risks and hazards.
  • Investigate, document, and report on accidents and incidents including near miss or "close call" incidents under the areas of responsibility. 
  • Notify management staff regarding violation of regulations and codes; make recommendations for corrections and follow-up to ensure that unsafe conditions are corrected.
  • Maintain accurate records; prepare clear and concise reports, and correspondence.
  • Authorized to stop a work activity if continuation of such activity constitutes an imminent threat to personnel, site equipment or property.
  • Will occasionally be required to work around hazardous materials and must be familiar with handling requirements, regulations and PPE associated.


Specific duties in the following areas include:


  • Using ES&S software systems, map out Emergency Services training plans and schedules to ensure compliance with various local/federal training regulations.
  • Design, develop, deliver or coordinate delivery of training programs (outsourced or in-house), choosing appropriate training methods.
  • Assist in developing and managing site-wide emergency drills, trainings, and the team proficiency program.
  • Support development of Observatory-wide Emergency Action Plans.


Emergency Service Teams:

  • Ensure Fire Brigade, Emergency Medical Services, and Rope Rescue volunteer teams are staffed, trained, and meet all program, policy and regulatory standards. 
  • Coordinate disaster response or crisis management activities within and across teams.
  • Ensure emergency services supplies and equipment are maintained and current.
  • Maintain Medical Review Officer contract(s) in support of EMS efforts.
  • As directed, develop and maintain liaisons with municipalities, county departments, and similar entities to facilitate plan development, response effort coordination, and exchanges of personnel and equipment.


Emergency Procedures:

  • Keep informed of activities or changes that could affect the likelihood of an emergency, as well as those that could affect response efforts and details of plan implementation. 
  • Prepare emergency status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments. 
  • Assist in the preparation and administration of budget requests/recommendations, and monitor expenditures.


Work Environment


Indoor and outdoor work is required, at high altitudes (6,970 feet) and heights of up to 100 feet. Will be expected to perform light to moderate lifting and carrying (up to 50 pounds) including the use of bunker gear. The Specialist may be exposed to seasonal high and low temperatures and adverse weather conditions to perform the functions of the job.


Will be required to stand and sit, and perform fine hand manipulation. Must be able to operate a personal computer. Occasionally required to climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, and crouch. May occasionally work at high altitudes, and in high, precarious places, and may be exposed to chemicals, or the risk of electrical shock. 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 such as fire sciences, or resources management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred Education/Certifications Associate Safety Professional certification or higher.


Minimum Experience

Three years of highly relevant work experience, with experience as in a First Responder and other related safety awareness role, which includes any combination of experience in the following areas:

  • Certified Firefighter I with ability to obtain re-certification
  • Licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with ability to obtain re-certification
  • High Angle Rescue


It is expected that the selected candidate will be an active member of the site Emergency Services Teams.


Preferred Experience

Five years of relevant work experience.  Experience in training program development highly preferred.


Additional Requirement

The Observatory requires staff to be fully vaccinated against covid-19 to access our facilities.  An offer of employment will be considered contingent until the selected applicant provides proof of vaccination.  A selected applicant may request consideration for an accommodation for a disability or for a sincerely held religious belief.


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.  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 EMS/fire certification with satisfactory progress toward certification being demonstrated annually. Strong PC skills and knowledge of database management data entry procedures.


  • Must be a self-starter, innovative, and work independently to complete projects;
  • Ability to engage and motivate volunteer teams;
  • Must be organized and manage time effectively;
  • Licensed and able to operate Emergency Services motorized vehicles;
  • Ability to pass annual medical exams appropriate for the Emergency Services functions.


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:


Select the “Apply” button below.  Please be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a letter of application describing interest and suitability for the position. 


 Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


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 [email protected].


The NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.