The following table shows the amounts of education/training and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard.
Equivalent combinations of education/training and experience are qualifying for grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.
Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- hydrology, agronomy, geology, range conservation, forestry, ecology, civil engineering, mining engineering, natural sciences, biological sciences, natural resources, environmental planning, or earth science.
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General Experience (for GS-5 positions): Experience that provided:
Examples of qualifying general experience include:
The following types of work are not creditable as generally experience: dozer operator performing backfilling and regrading of mine sites; equipment operator constructing haulroads and drainage systems; underground miner; or underground health and safety inspector.
Intensive Training in Reclamation or Mining Technology: Study successfully completed in a 2-year reclamation technology or mining technology program may be substituted for 2 years of general experience. Students in such programs are exposed to mining or reclamation multidisciplinary training, including instruction in engineering, forestry, agronomy, hydrology, reclamation laws and practices, soils, and geology. A 2-year reclamation or mining technology degree plus 1 year of general experience as defined above is fully qualifying for GS-5.
Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Experience that demonstrated:
Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
The duties of these positions require arduous physical exertion under dangerous and rigorous conditions. Employees may work irregular and protracted hours and are subject to all the dangers inherent in strip mining. Any organic, functional, or structural disease, defect, or limitation that interferes with safe and efficient performance of the duties of these positions will disqualify an applicant for appointment.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
Vision: Distant visual acuity must be at least 20/200 (Snellen) in each eye without glasses, and must be correctable to at least 20/30 in one eye and 20/50 in the other. Near visual acuity, corrected or uncorrected, must be sufficient to read Jaeger type 2 at 14 inches. Ability to distinguish basic colors, normal depth perception, and peripheral vision is required.
Hearing: Using the ISO or ANSI scale, applicants will be tested in the 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz ranges, and must have no hearing loss in either ear of more than 40 decibels in any of these ranges. Using the ASA scale, applicants must have no loss in either ear of more than 30 decibels in any of these ranges. Chronic disease of the ear that affects hearing or equilibrium is disqualifying. Perforation of an eardrum is disqualifying.
Nose, Mouth, and Throat: Chronic diseases or conditions that interfere with distinct speech or with free breathing (with or without a breathing apparatus) are disqualifying. Normal sense of smell is required.
Respiratory System: Any of the following chronic diseases or conditions that result in reduced pulmonary function, shortness of breath, painful respiration, or that otherwise impair full performance of duties is disqualifying:
Cardiovascular System: The following diseases or conditions are disqualifying:
The following conditions are also disqualifying if the initial reading is above or below the given standards and the applicant fails to meet the standard upon two retestings conducted on separate days:
Occupational Mine Diseases: Any chronic occupational mine disease or irremediable poisoning, such as mercury, lead, asbestos, beryllium, arsenic, uranium (cancer), and other metallic and non-metallic mine-induced disease or poisoning is disqualifying.
Blood Disease: Any current blood dyscrasia is disqualifying.
Gastrointestinal System: The following, and any chronic, disabling disease of the abdominal viscera are disqualifying:
Endocrine System: Any history of a systemic metabolic disease, such as diabetes, gout, or symptomatic adrenal, thyroid, or pituitary dysfunction may be disqualifying.
Genitourinary System: The following diseases or conditions are disqualifying:
Skin: Any chronic skin disease that interferes with safe and efficient performance of duties or that would be aggravated by exposure to the environment encountered in the mines or mills is disqualifying.
Spine, Pelvis, Sacroiliac, and Lumbosacral Joints: Any of the following diseases or conditions that interfere with function and prevent safe and efficient performance of job duties is disqualifying:
Extremities: Any anomaly, deformity, or other condition that demonstrably interferes with safe and efficient job performance is disqualifying.
Nervous System: The following diseases or conditions are disqualifying:
Other: Any other disease, defect, or limitation, though not specifically named above, that demonstrably interferes with safe or efficient performance of any of the duties of these positions is disqualifying. Remediable defects and acute or curable diseases that interfere with safe and efficient performance are disqualifying if existent at the time of appointment consideration; however, applicants may be restored to an existing list of eligibles upon submission of proof of remedy of the defect or cure of the disease.
There is no Group Coverage Qualification Standard for this series. Use the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.