Safety and Occupational Health Manager

Office: Polar Programs (GEO/OPP)
Directorate: Geosciences (GEO)
Job Type:
Appointment Type:
Temporary / Rotator
Pay Grade/Scale:
Salary Range:
$106,821 - $168,277
This job is open to the public

Application timeline

Date Posted:
Closing date: Open until filled
Formal consideration of interested applicants will begin and will continue until a selection is made.

Position Summary

The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for a Safety and Occupational Health Manager in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA. This will be full-time AD-3 IPA position on the team reporting directly to the Safety and Occupational Health Officer/Senior Advisor for Safety and Medical.

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Position Description

The Safety and Occupational Health Manager will help ensure that Antarctica and the Arctic research is as safe as reasonably possible and meets various Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) standards. The program manager will help design and implement NSF OPP Safety and Occupational Health policy and applicable OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards. This position will require expert knowledge of mountaineering and wilderness safety standards. Success in this role requires a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgement, and a high degree of personal integrity.

The position recruited under this announcement will be filled under the following appointment option(s):

Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment: Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment with a Federal agency include employees of State and local government agencies or institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, and other eligible organizations in instances where such assignments would be of mutual benefit to the organizations involved. Initial assignments under IPA provisions may be made for a period up to two years, with a possible extension for up to an additional two-year period. The individual remains an employee of the home institution and NSF provides the negotiated funding toward the assignee's salary and benefits. Initial IPA assignments are made for a one-year period and may be extended by mutual agreement. 

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs.  Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General.

Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law require Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-Citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered eligible. Non-Citizens are not eligible for positions requiring a security clearance.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Candidates must have a Master's degree in an appropriate field of science supported by NSF, plus after award of the Master's degree, 6 years of successful research, research administration, or managerial experience pertinent to the position.  

Appropriates fields include physical, chemical, biological and social sciences. 

Applicants should have extensive job experience in supporting polar field science as a safety and risk management expert. Administrative experience, knowledge of polar science community, skill in written communication and preparation of technical reports, an ability to communicate orally, and familiarity with remote cold weather environments is required. Prior experience in multidisciplinary field research and laboratories is highly desirable. Remote field camp experience such as mountaineering in extreme cold weather environments desired.

Successful competition and maintenance of polar qualification physical is a hiring and retention requirement.

Please send resumes with a cover letter by email to Chris Nelson, Safety and Occupational Health Manager,


Vacancy Contact:

Chris Nelson


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