Occupational Health and Safety Specialist (Parks and Recreation Department)

  • City of Austin, TX
  • Austin, Texas
  • Nov 13, 2019
Full Time Parks and Recreation Public Health Sanitation and Solid Waste

Job Description

Posting Title Occupational Health and Safety Specialist (Parks and Recreation Department)
Job Requisition Number COA081137
Position Number 112106
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Management Services
Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field.

  • Experience in a technical or other appropriate occupation related field may substitute for the education up to the maximum of four (4) years.

Licenses or Certifications:

Valid Texas Driver License.

Notes to Applicants
Working with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department ( PARD ) provides a number of health and welfare benefits, such as medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more! Click HERE for more information.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department ( PARD ) provides, protects and preserves a park system that promotes quality recreational, cultural and outdoor experiences for the Austin community.

The purpose of the position of Occupational Health and Safety Specialist will be to work with Department staff to promote workplace safety, increase awareness of workplace safety regulations, and review statistical analysis to identify areas of improvement. In addition, this position will develop and conduct workplace safety training in accordance with OSHA training guidelines.

Application Instructions:
  • Detailed, complete Employment Application is required to help better evaluate the applicant's qualifications - minimum and preferred as noted on the job posting.
  • Detailed, complete Employment Application (employment dates must include month and year) will be used to determine salary if the applicant is the top candidate that is selected for this position.
  • Applicants must include on their Employment Application all experience (work and/or volunteer) related to this job posting - up to 10 years or more.
  • Verification of employment history dates on resume should match online Employment Application - Statements such as "See Resume" will not be accepted.
  • Employment history dates must include month and year.
  • Resume will not be accepted in lieu of a complete online application.


Work/Location Schedule Notes:
  • May be required to work during special events, evenings, weekends & holidays.
  • Work schedule and location is subject to change based on department needs and programs.


Physical Requirements
  • Tasks may involve bending, lifting, walking, carrying, or using a force equal to lifting up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Must be physically and mentally able to communicate, respond and work with participant's needs and safety issues.


90 Day Provision for Additional Vacancy:
  • This posting may be used to fill other vacancies in other divisions/work locations within the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Decisions on assigned selection will be made at the time of hire based on the business needs of the department.


Military/Veteran Preference for Interview Process:
  • An applicant claiming Military/Veteran status must provide a copy of his or her DD-214(s), or valid comparable document, at the time of interview.


Driver's License and Certifications :
  • If you are selected for this position, and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program, you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.


Posting Closure:
  • The Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close posted positions prior to the advertised close date, based on recruitment strategies and business needs.


All PARD work site locations are tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any PARD work site - including construction sites, parking lots, garages or in any personal vehicles located on the premises.

Pay Range
$24.82 - $32.26 per hour.

Hours
Work/Location Schedule Notes:
  • Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.
  • May be required to work during special events, evenings, weekends & holidays.
  • Work schedule and location is subject to change based on department needs and programs.


Job Close Date
12/06/2019
Type of Posting External
Department Parks & Recreation
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location PARD Main Office, 200 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Experience:
  • Experience incorporating general industry and construction industry OSHA regulations.
  • Experience conducting audits of or inspection of programs involving commercial motor vehicles using Federal DOT regulations.
  • Experience in conducting workplace incident investigations.
  • Experience in conducting job hazard assessments.
  • Experience in Hazardous Materials Handling and information systems.
  • Experience in conducting facility safety inspections.


Preferred Skills:
  • Knowledge of industrial hygiene principles to include workplace ergonomics and noise hazards.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite to include: Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint.


Other:
  • Ability to travel to more than one work location.


Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

Administers basic safety programs based on specialization including conducting safety meetings; conducting field inspections and accident investigations; assisting with safety training; inspecting safety equipment; hazardous materials record-keeping; assisting with development of emergency response plans; participating in emergency responses; and coordinating safety events such as drills, basic exams, or new employee orientation.
Implements safety programs by inspecting or reviewing areas, equipment, work processes, and work activities for hazardous conditions.
Provides assistance in establishing standards and procedures to ensure compliance with required government occupational safety regulations, internal City or Department Safety policies, or operational needs related to specific job conditions.
Delivers technical safety and safety awareness training programs to department employees.
Reviews departmental occupational safety plans and investigates work-related accidents according to designated procedures.
Compiles data and information for the analysis of accident or injury trends and helps prepare recommendations for new or modified occupational safety programs to reduce or prevent accidents.
Participates in writing City-wide or department safety policies and procedures.
Monitors compliance with Federal, State, and Local occupational safety regulations.
Maintains communication with internal customers and other agencies to support the safety function.
Participates on teams with safety, technical, management, and other stakeholders.
Researches occupational safety information to assure the best available methods and equipment are adopted to minimize the hazards in the work place.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws and ordinances.
  • Knowledge of City practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of safety and risk management principles, policies, and procedures.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritization.
  • Skill in using computers and related software.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Skill in planning and organizing.
  • Skill in investigative analysis.
  • Skill in identifying safety and risk hazards.
  • Ability to present oral presentations and training.
  • Ability to handle hostility, conflict, and uncertain situations.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priority.
  • Ability to develop and maintain current knowledge in occupational health and safety programs.
  • Ability to develop and facilitate training sessions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other City employees and the public.


Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.
EEO/ADA
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* This position requires graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and a valid Texas Driver License. Experience in a technical or other appropriate occupation related field may substitute for the education up to the maximum of four (4) years. Do you meet these minimum qualifications?
  • Yes.
  • No.
* Do you have a valid Texas Driver's License?
  • Yes
  • No
* Please describe your experience incorporating general safety industry and construction industry OSHA regulations?
(Open Ended Question)
* Please describe your experience, including the number of years and the size of the work group, in conducting workplace incident investigations.
(Open Ended Question)
* Please describe your experience, including the number of years, in Hazardous Materials Handling and information systems.
(Open Ended Question)
* Please describe your experience in conducting facility safety inspections.
(Open Ended Question)
* Briefly describe your knowledge of industrial hygiene principles to include workplace ergonomics and noise hazards.
(Open Ended Question)
* Do you have experience conducting audits or or inspections of programs involving commercial motor vehicles using Federal DOT regulations?
  • Yes, I possess this experience.
  • No, I do not possess this experience.
* Do you have experience in conducting job hazard assessments?
  • Yes, I possess this experience.
  • No, I do not possess this experience.
* Which of the following best describes your level of experience with Microsoft Office Suite, specifically, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook?
  • Basic: Create/edit simple documents, spreadsheets, e-mails & basic data entry.
  • Intermediate: Create a variety of documents & spreadsheets; reformat document features & filter/sort data fields.
  • Advanced: Create complex documents & spreadsheets; integrate features such as tables, charts, mathematic formulas, hyperlinks, graphics; data/mail merge, import data from one document to another.
* This position requires traveling to multiple sites as part of the regular job duties. Will you be able to meet this requirement?"
  • Yes
  • No
* If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a criminal background check (CBI)?
  • Yes
  • No

Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents Cover Letter Resume Optional Documents