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DOL News Release - 05-297-ATL
U.S. Department of Labor
Contact: Dirk Fillpot
Phone: (202) 693-4676
Contact: Eryn Witcher
Phone: (202) 693-4676

Released Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Feds Looking to Southeastern U.S. for New Mine Inspectors
March screenings set for Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will conduct applicant screening sessions in four southeastern states during March 2005 in its on-going effort to replenish its force of federal mine inspectors. On-site applicant screenings are set for March 13 in Charlottesville, Va., March 16 in Birmingham, Ala., March 19 in Macon, Ga. and March 21 in Knoxville, Tenn. All applicant screenings begin at 7:00 a.m. local time.

Individuals interested in entry-level mine inspector positions are being advised to pre-register for the screenings by applying on-line for the specific position in which they are interested. MSHA is the federal agency charged with inspection of mining operations nationwide for adherence to regulations intended to protect the safety and health of working miners. The agency is recruiting inspectors for duty stations in Albany and Geneva, N.Y.; Warrendale and Wyomissing, Pa.; Lexington, Ky.; Charlottesville, Va.; Franklin and Knoxville, Tenn.; Sanford, N.C.; Columbia, S.C.; Macon, Ga.; Bartow, Fla., and Birmingham, Ala., among other locations.

To pre-register for the applicant screenings, logon to the Labor Department's web site at and click on MSHA to see a list of agency vacancy announcements. On-site applicant screenings are set for each of the eight mine inspector vacancies listed, all of which close March 1. After selecting a desired inspector position, click on it for more details, including the location of the upcoming on-site screening; then, click the "Apply On-line" button. Successfully submitted applications pre-register the applicant who will be notified by e-mail about the on-site screening.

Those who are unable to pre-register for screenings on-line before the March 1 closing date may be tested and screened as a "walk-in" candidate, subject to space availability. All persons should bring a completed resume and photo identification to the applicant screenings. Check the MSHA web site at to confirm the status of the screenings before traveling to the site.

Applicants will be notified of test results, and selected candidates will participate in a two-year formal training program. Applicants must be physically able to efficiently perform arduous duties. Selected applicants at the GS-9 level will receive a starting salary of approximately $40,000 annually.

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