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DOL Press Release - MSHA/05-908-SEA
U.S. Department of Labor
Contact: Suzy Bohnert    Dirk Fillpot
Phone: (202) 693-9420    (202) 693-4676

Released Thursday, May 19, 2005

MSHA Seeks to Hire Mine Inspectors to Work in Northwest, Western States
Upcoming Screenings in Washington and California

SEATTLE - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is continuing to hire entry-level mine inspectors by using on-site applicant screenings in Spokane, Wash., on June 4 and in Riverside, Calif., on June 6. Applicant screenings begin at 7 a.m.

"We want good mine safety and health professionals who will help rid the U.S. mining industry of hazards that threaten working miners," said David G. Dye, acting assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "Individuals dedicated to MSHA's mission, and those who want to end accidental injuries and fatalities in our nation's mines, are who we want to hire."

MSHA is recruiting inspectors for duty stations in Bellevue, Wash.; Redlands and Vacaville, Calif; Boulder City and Elko, Nev.; Anchorage, Alaska; Boise, Idaho; and Albany, Ore. MSHA inspects mining operations nationwide for adherence to regulations designed to protect the safety and health of working miners.

Interested applicants should log on to the Labor Department's Web site at and click on MSHA to see a list of agency vacancy announcements. The 16 inspector vacancy announcements listed for the on-site screenings close on May 25 or May 26. After selecting a specific inspector position, click on it for more details, including the location of the upcoming on-site screening. If interested, the applicant should click the button Apply On-Line. Successfully submitted applications will preregister the applicant, who will be notified by e-mail about the on-site screenings.

Those unable to preregister for the screenings before the closing dates may be tested and screened at either location as a walk-in candidate, subject to space availability. Screening attendees must bring a resume and photo identification. 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 able to efficiently perform arduous duties. Selected applicants at the GS-9 level will receive a starting salary of approximately $40,000 annually.

The on-site applicant screenings are scheduled as follows:

Spokane, Wash. - June 4 - DoubleTree Hotel Spokane-City Center, 322 N. Spokane Falls Court

Riverside, Calif. - June 6 - Riverside Marriott Hotel, 3400 Market St.