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Mine Safety Professional, Mining and Geological Engineering

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Occupational and Environmental Safety

Posting Number: req19865

Department: Mining & Geological Engr

Location: Outside of Tucson

Address: 6200 Ocotillo Ranch Rd., Sahuarita, AZ 85629 USA

Position Highlights

Located on a 90-acre facility, the Henry G. "Hank" Grundstedt San Xavier Underground Mining Laboratory is home to one of the most underground research labs in the country. The four-level mine is 250 feet at its deepest and is the only mining lab with a working vertical shaft in the United States. The laboratory for research and training has been operated by the UA Department of Mining and Geological Engineering since 1958 and owned by the University of Arizona since 1975.

We invite applications for an experienced professional to serve in the position of Mine Safety Professional at the San Xavier Mining Laboratory. This position is responsible for compliance with state and federal mine regulations, task training, mine inspection and audit, hazard identification and mitigation, record keeping, and standard training. The successful candidate will work to ensure safety and health at the laboratory and will serve as a point of contact for the mine director, department head, and regulatory agencies.

Activities at the lab complement Mining and Geological Engineering courses and help students prepare for international mining competitions as well as jobs in the industry. Working with the latest technology in mining and excavation, students get hands-on experience in mine development, unit operations and maintenance. For a more comprehensive view of what working in our department great, please visit the website at:

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Manage Safety Program for San Xavier Mining Laboratory:

  • Facilitate and encourage a safety culture committed to continuous improvement.
  • In conjunction with the Laboratory Director, establish safety systems and communicate procedures to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Coordinate and conduct safety training.
  • Assist Laboratory Director with methods to improve safety practices and procedures
  • Develop a student health and safety group, including projects and operational work.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and municipal regulations as well as Observatory and University policies and guidelines.
  • Verify underground hard rock field work compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations, University policy, and industry best practices.  
  • Inspect and maintain safety equipment including personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Provide inspections, audits, consultation, and analysis of the mining site for health, safety and environmental management, coordinating with the Laboratory Director and, when necessary, taking action in accordance with College procedures to recommend controls, and develop relevant standard operating procedures.
  • Conduct mine inspections and ensure compliance and industry best practice for routine pre-shift inspections through comprehensive inspections for continuous improvement and hazard identification.  
  • Work with students to develop a mine audit and inspection procedure for teaching and learning.  
  • Work with Mine Director and Mine Laboratory Advisory Group to identify hazards and plans for mitigation/correction.
  • Ensures that appropriate records are maintained as required by applicable state and/or federal regulations (i.e., MSHA training, task training, etc.), and other records as assigned.
  • Provide regular reports and other documents when necessary and meets with the Laboratory Director to discuss progress and issues regularly.
  • Conduct in person safety training classes, demonstrations, and orientations.
  • May act as a liaison between the San Xavier Mine and the Arizona Mine Inspector.  
  • Respond to issues and develop corrections, scheduling, and accompanying inspectors.

Physical Requirements and Environmental Demands

  • Ability to move/transport up to 100lbs and lift up to 50lbs.
  • Working conditions may include restricted movement, dirty environment, extreme temperatures and intense noise.
  • Working conditions may include temperatures over 100 degrees for over an hour at a time.
  • Working conditions may include scaffolding and high places, exposure to chemicals, and proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, and electrical current.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledgeable on regulations for the mining industry.
  • Ability to prioritize and correct issues in a timely manner.
  • Strong computer, word processing, basic online systems and database management skills, including Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to write technical documents such as safety work instructions, procedures, and programs. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related field of study.
  • Experience with mine safety and training delivery in underground hard rock.
  • Previous experience in underground hard rock mine safety and health.

FLSA: To Be Determined

Full Time/Part Time: Part Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 20

Job FTE: .50

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Protection and Safety

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $75,540 - $98,201 ($36.32 - $47.22 per hour)

Compensation Type: To Be Determined



Compensation Guidance

The Rate of Pay Field represents the University of Arizona's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. The University considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, and internal equity.

The Grade Range Minimum, Midpoint, and Maximum Fields listed below represent a full range of career compensation growth over time in this position and grade. Each unit typically sets starting pay between minimum and midpoint upon hire. The university offers compensation growth opportunities within its career architecture. To learn more about compensation, please review our Applicant Compensation Guide and our Total Rewards Calculator.

Grade Range Minimum

$75540 ($36.32)

Grade Range Midpoint


Grade Range Maximum


Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Environmental Health & Safety

Job Function

Protection & Safety

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

James Werner

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant

Application: The online application should be completed in its entirety. Blank or missed information may be considered an incomplete submission.

Letter of Interest: Should clearly indicate how your skills and professional employment experience meet the Minimum and the Preferred qualifications (if applicable).

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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