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PD#: EP404790

Sequence#: VARIES

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RANGE SAFETY OFFICER

GS-0301-11

Organization Title:

POSITION LOCATION:

Servicing CPAC: FORT POLK, LA

Agency: VARIES

Installation: VARIES

Army Command: VARIES

Region: SOUTH CENTRAL

Command Code: VARIES

POSITION CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS USED IN CLASSIFYING/GRADING POSITION:

Citation 1: OPM PCS MISC ADMIN & PROGRAM SERIES, GS-301, JAN 79

Citation 2: OPM PCS SAFETY & OCC HEALTH MGMT SERIES, GS-018, AUG 81

Citation 3: OPM ADMIN ANALYSIS GEG, TS-98, AUG 1990

Supervisory Certification: I certify that this is an accurate statement of the major duties and responsibilities of this position and its organizational relationships, and that the position is necessary to carry out Government functions for which I am responsible. This certification is made with the knowledge that this information is to be used for statutory purposes relating to appointment and payment of public funds, and that false or misleading statements may constitute violations of such statutes or their implementing regulations.

 

Supervisor Name: JEREMY ALLISON

Reviewed Date: 06/26/2020

Classification Review: This position has been classified/graded as required by Title 5, U.S. Code in conformance with standard published by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management or if no published standards apply directly, consistently with the most applicable published standards.

 

Reviewed By: RETHA M. RICHARD

Reviewed Date: 09/04/2012

POSITION INFORMATION:

Cyber Workforce:

  • Primary Work Role: VARIES
  • Additional Work Role 1: VARIES
  • Additional Work Role 2: VARIES

FLSA:  

FLSA Worksheet:

FLSA Appeal: NO

Bus Code: VARIES

DCIPS PD: NO

  • Mission Category: VARIES
  • Work Category: VARIES
  • Work Level: VARIES

Acquisition Position: NO

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Functional Code: 00

Interdisciplinary: NO

Supervisor Status: VARIES

PD Status: VERIFIED

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:

Drug Test Required: VARIES  

Financial Management Certification:

Position Designation: VARIES

Position Sensitivity: VARIES

Security Access: VARIES

Emergency Essential:   

Requires Access to Firearms: VARIES

Personnel Reliability Position: VARIES

Information Assurance: VARIES

Influenza Vaccination:  

Financial Disclosure: VARIES

Financial Disclosure: NO  

Enterprise Position: VARIES

POSITION ASSIGNMENT:

Competitive Area: VARIES

Competitive Level: VARIES

Career Program: VARIES

Career Ladder PD: NO

Target Grade/FPL: 11

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POSITION DUTIES:

Serves as assistant to the Installation Range Officer with full authority to carry out all aspects of the Range Safety Program. In the absence of the Range Operations Chief, provides guidance and support for Range Operations. Serves as a member of the primary staff of range control, providing subject matter expert support on safety related matters. Participates in the total planning, operation, safety, and supply support of all Fort Polk Live-Fire Training and Maneuver areas, airspace and impact areas. Maintains communication with FORSCOM and TRADOC on live-fire requirements to assure adequate planning of future ranges. Maintains comprehensive knowledge of current and anticipated future training doctrine to ensure incorporation into the 5-Year Range Construction Plan. Coordinates range safety activities with the Army Corps of Engineers, DPW, civilian contractors, and military support units. Inspects ongoing construction to ensure design requirements are followed and accomplished on schedule. Assists in the coordination of large, complex training events within the mission areas of Range Scheduling, operations and fire desk.

1. Works jointly with the Installation Range Officer and Range Operations Chief in the planning, development, and execution of safety programs, policies, and procedures to assure safe operation of all aspects of the live-fire training area complex. Establishes a Range Safety Program for the installation commander. The Range Safety Program encompasses a wide variety of live-fire ranges, to include registered artillery firing points and mortar firing points encompassing an area of 202,900 acres surrounded by range roads and interfaced with acres of training and maneuver area. Activities encompass hundreds of occupations, including general and specialized troop training, maneuver activities; wheeled and tracked vehicle operation; heavy engineer and construction equipment and activities; storage, transportation and use of ammunition, explosives, chemicals and fuels; firing range operations, and aviation firing operations. Prepares and publishes Special Range Instructions. Advises commanders and Unit Training Officers on current and anticipated future policies, objectives, and programs as they pertain to range facility operations. Reviews unit training plans and advises on modifications when an exercise plan does not safely support the stated training objectives. Monitors through on-site inspections whether units utilize ranges and facilities correctly; that weapon systems and ammunitions are in accordance with the facility; and that charges, propellants and fuses are set properly. Determines requirements for improvement, modification, and construction of range and training facilities; and includes such activities as site survey, basic design layouts, SDZ and requirements, equipment, personnel and maintenance support criteria, and cost criteria estimates. Utilizes a thorough technical knowledge of range facilities and operations including phases of military gunnery and safety requirements. Prepares detailed planning and coordination actions necessary to maintain/construct ranges and other training facilities, including construction, function and markings of all conventional ammunition and safety precautions and regulations pertaining to the storage, handling and securing of ammunition on ranges. Uses maps, photo maps, and photos as they relate to the delivery of fire, including direct, indirect, air-fired and air-dropped. Makes decisions and recommendations to preclude or eliminate problem areas affecting the installation's training mission.

Coordinates with Public Affairs Office on safety matters concerning the public at large to include safety education and notices of firings and/or area closings. Interacts with Installation Safety and Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) to formulate plans for emergencies on the range complex.

Serves as a member of the technical design team for all training complex construction actions with a focus on safety of use. Coordinates with the FortPolk, TRADOC and FORSCOM Safety Offices to ensure standards are addressed to support safety in the facility to be constructed. Identifies factors generating elevated risk conditions and resolves these issues during the planning phase of construction. Works with the US Army Corps of Engineers, civilian construction contractors, and units who will use the facilities during development of detailed construction plans to assure the plans meet safety standards. During construction, conducts frequent site visits to ensure that safety elements of the construction plan are fully incorporated into the facility. Following construction, trains staff members on the safety aspects of the facility and makes frequent site visits to ensure that safety standards are maintained.
(50%)

2. Ensures that installation range safety requirements are adhered to in the scheduling of range use, maintenance, modification, and installation of ranges, and use of training facilities. Develops surface danger zone diagrams for direct and indirect fires (small arms and mounted weapons, including direct and indirect artillery fire and air fired or dropped munitions, based on unit-supplied data and mission scope, for use during HIGH RISK training, CALFEX, or other complicated live fire events. These documents must comply with standards identified in AR 385-63, AR 210-21 and FortPolk and DA PAM 385-63 in order to provide all necessary fire controls and safety requirements for successful completion of the event. Serves as the primary point of coordination with the installation safety office and unit safety officers to provide exercise safety support that enables training mission accomplishment. Conducts safety reviews of on-going training and provides analysis to the Installation Range Officer.

Reviews on-going missions conducted by Range Control within the training complex to ensure safety standards are achieved and maintained. Develops corrective plans for operations within UXO-contaminated impact areas; operations employing ATVs, off-road vehicles, operation of vehicles under severe weather conditions; search, firefighting, and traffic control point operations.

In the event of an accident or safety violation, investigates to determine if the cause was due to human, equipment, or procedural errors. Ensures appropriate corrective actions are implemented to prevent similar occurrences.
(25%)

3. Develops and processes requests and renewal requests for non-standard range waivers. Reviews range renovation and construction plans and prepares range safety submissions. Schedules inspections and reviews by off-post agencies.

Writes, staffs, and publishes the Fort Polk range and maneuver/ training area regulations and develops procedures for compliance with higher headquarters directives. Composes a variety of correspondence, staff studies, decision papers, and similar material in support of Range Branch management.

Develops and maintains a working historical record of land used for live fire that is available to support training complex master planning, UXO contamination risk analysis, identification of low risk inert impact lands that can be utilized for live fire maneuver (mounted, dismounted and combined arms), and day-to-day land assignments for training. Maintains a master file of surface danger zone diagrams that have been approved for use for past live fire exercises. Assists commanders in development of functional risk analysis worksheets.

Reviews training complex incidents and provides analysis to involved commanders, the Training Division Chief, and the installation Safety Office. Maintains incident analysis records to identify positive and negative trends. Develops corrective plans for negative trends and assists the training commands in correcting them.

Develops and presents multimedia presentations addressing training complex safety issues. Audience may include high-ranking military and government civilian personnel (i.e. General Officer to GS-15 grade level), senior contract personnel, and elected/appointed political personnel. Provides multimedia briefing packets to the Installation Range Officer, Training Division Chief and Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization.
(15%)

4. Serves as Additional Duty Safety Officer (ADSO) for Range Control. Ensures that Range Control personnel are trained in safety to include OSHA, Hazard Communication and Hazardous Material and are kept current regarding local policies and safety programs. Coordinates and conducts work area assessment, surveys, and program evaluations to determine the presence of hazardous conditions, such as noise exposure, chemical exposure, indoor air quality, light levels, confined space, and ventilation in paint booths. Assists branch sections with specific training needs by locating and scheduling outside training activities. Develops the fire prevention program for Range Control employees, including building evacuation procedures. Responsible for, and administers, the annual fire extinguisher maintenance program.

Implements and Serves as staff advisor on all accident prevention matters to include safety management, safety policies, safety procedures, accident reporting and analysis, safety field surveys, transportation and traffic safety, and occupational safety and health hazards. Identifies specific safety problems, formulates appropriate control measures, and coordinates directly with Installation, Corps and Division Safety Office representative, to include accident reporting, often on short notice. Takes part in and reviews plans for adequacy of safety. Establishes and maintains close liaison/coordination with other staff agencies and technical safety areas such as fire protection and prevention, disaster readiness operations; completeness of the accident prevention effort; accuracy of accident data; and other matters of mutual concern. Evaluates operation, reports and data and advises managers and leadership within the directorate concerning trends, progress, and problems. Prepares and integrates into the operating program, plans necessary to prevent accident losses. Formulates and oversees the safety education and accident prevention effort and directs attention of top command to problems and situations of greatest need.
(10%)

Performs other duties as assigned.

FACTOR 1. KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION. Level 1-7, 1250 points

- Comprehensive knowledge of range planning and safety and occupational health regulations, methods, standards, and techniques applicable to ammunition and gunnery, sufficient to plan activities, identify and eliminate hazardous conditions arising from the storage, handling, securing, and firing of ammunition. Knowledge of analytical and evaluative methods in planning and conducting projects and studies to assure the safe and efficient operation of the Fort Polk range and training complex.

- Expert knowledge of range operation safety concepts, principles, laws and regulations, and the ability to enforce safety procedures for day and night live-fire training. Expert knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of range operations, live and non-live fire training and facilities. Knowledge of range safety and target requirements. Ability to interpret, adapt, develop, and execute program policies and objectives pertaining to weapons, ammunition, and training facilities. Knowledge of multipurpose ranges used by different weapons systems and different unit commanders to meet continually-changing requirements. Knowledge of map reading and the installation's training mission.

- Knowledge of practices, standards, methods and techniques, equipment, materials, and activities, and supporting utility systems applied in the erection or modification of training and support facilities.

- Ability to evaluate various types of weapons to determine if the weapon and ammunition used can be safely fired from a given location. Communication skills in order to motivate range users to perform in a safe manner.

- Comprehensive skill in devising innovative Range Safety policies and procedures to minimize potential for injury or property damage resulting from ordnance, weapon and ammunition activities. Knowledge of surface danger zones, inspection criteria, and safety zones.

- Knowledge of applicable contract administration requirements. Knowledge of surveillance techniques and procedures to use in inspecting the operation of functions under contract to determine contractor efficiency and effectiveness, as well as competence in interpretation of contractual specifications and quality control.

-- Knowledge of Range Control Station Tower operations, to include action codes, scenario definitions, language, system-generated error messages and procedures for correcting simple data-type errors to edit and debug the programmed scenario.

-- Knowledge of the analysis of meteorological conditions and the subsequent determination of generation and communication theory regarding blast shock effects and determination of potential dangers from estimated blast intensities.

FACTOR 2 Supervisory Controls - Level 2-4 - Points 450

The supervisor sets the overall safety objectives and management resources available to achieve the results. Assignments are carried out on own initiative in accordance with established guidance and policies. Uses sound reasoning to accomplish a wide range of tasks and interprets safety and occupational health policy, standards and regulations in terms of established objectives. Supervisor is normally available for consultation on unusual problems; however, employee is expected to provide acceptable recommendations and alternatives. Completed work is evaluated based on compliance with overall requirements, customer satisfaction and stated installation missions, goals and objectives.

FACTOR 3. GUIDELINES. Level 3-4, 450 points

Guidelines include agency manuals, regulations, directives, safety and occupational health standards, safety reports, training manuals, weapons specifications, and a wide variety of miscellaneous policies pertaining to range operations. Incumbent is frequently confronted with problems or hazards where guidelines are either unavailable or require adaptation to meet specific requirements. Within the context of broad regulatory guidance, employee refines or develops more specific guidelines to improve safety and program effectiveness. Judgment and initiative are required to evaluate construction plans and must also be exercised in applying standard policies to different situations.

FACTOR 4. COMPLEXITY. Level 4-4, 225 points

Assignments require analysis of various situations and issues in order to develop range safety standards, criteria and regulations. The incumbent performs a comprehensive evaluation of available technical safety material, publications, studies, research findings, and related literature. The incumbent is directly responsible for the safe operation and management control of Restricted Airspace Area R-5311 and includes +50 Fixed/Portable Firing Ranges, 3 primary Impact Areas, +250 Non-firing facilities, 7 parachute drop zones, and a modern and instrumented urban operations training facility. Usage involves 24 hours 200 (+) days per year (live-fire exercises), 24 hours 3U (+) days per year (scheduled maintenance), 12 hours 40 days per year (CALFEX and miscellaneous training events). The work also requires monitoring of contractor plans and procedures; evaluating management and maintenance costs; studying demands, occupancy turnover, and other activities; Inspecting range areas; developing and formulating changes in policy to ensure efficient and economical range operation. The work requires assessment of such factors as user rate, scheduling, recurring maintenance work, renovation projects and the impact of such projects on users. Incumbent is required to interpret considerable data, as well as plan and refine work methods and techniques for optimum range safety operations.

FACTOR 5. SCOPE AND EFFECT. Level 5-3, 150 points

The purpose of the work is to ensure the safe and effective operation of range and training facilities. Incumbent administers the range safety program, assesses a broad range of test operations, and carries out measures in order to eliminate or minimize unsafe conditions that have potential to cause personal injury or property damage. The work involves anticipating, preventing and correcting a variety of difficult range problems by planning and coordinating the contractor operation and unit utilization of the range facilities. The work impacts on a large number of user personnel and greatly enhances the training of troops. Work efforts result in reducing unsafe acts, conditions, and range incidents and providing employees and users with a safe environment.

FACTORS 6. PERSONAL CONTACTS . Level 6-2- 25 points

Contacts include supervisors, engineers, military commanders and troops, range personnel, safety specialists, explosive ordnance personnel, members of the public sector, and higher headquarters personnel. Persons contacted are engaged in a variety of occupations and the nature of each contact is different. Contacts outside the activity include other DoD installations, contractors, commanders, safety representatives, state and local safety officials, and installation visitors.


FACTOR 7, PURPOSE OF CONTACTS. 7-2, 50 points

Purpose of contacts is to achieve compliance with range safety requirements, to discuss and resolve conflicts or controversial issues, gain information concerning operations, training and accidents; verify information, research suppositions, define causes, research recommendations, disperse information, institute necessary changes, prepare written reports and other official documentation, request assistance, coordinate special investigations, and advise appropriate personnel at various levels of command.

FACTOR 8. PHYSICAL DEMANDS. Level 8-2, 20 points

The work requires some physical exertion involved in on-site visits to both live and non-live fire ranges to conduct inspections of targets, buildings or grounds. The work involves long periods of standing, walking on sometimes uneven surfaces, bending, reaching or similar activities. Required to lift up to 75 pounds using two-man lift.

FACTOR 9. WORK ENVIRONMENT. Level 9-2, 20 Points

The incumbent is frequently exposed to potentially unstable explosives and munitions, high noise levels, and outdoor activities in dirty environments and adverse weather conditions. Incumbent is required to enter the Installation Live-Fire Impact Area, where a potentially hazardous situation exists resulting from the presence of unexploded ammunition (duds). Incumbent is required to work unconventional hours with up to 20% night time work, and to work in all weather conditions.

POINT RANGE: 2355-2750
TOTAL PONTS: 2640
FINAL GRADE: GS-11


Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Determination

 

1. Availability Pay Exemption - (e.g., Criminal Investigators, U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilots who are also Law Enforcement Officers).

 

2. Foreign Exemption - (Note: Puerto Rico and certain other locations do not qualify for this exemption – See 5 CFR 551.104 for a list of Nonexempt areas.)

 

3. Executive Exemption:

    

a. Exercises appropriate management responsibility (primary duty) over a recognized organizational unit with a continuing function, AND

    

b. Customarily and regularly directs 2 or more employees, AND

    

c. Has the authority to make or recommend hiring, firing, or other status-change decisions, when such recommendations have particular weight.

 

4. Professional Exemption:

    

a. Professional work (primary duty)

    

b. Learned Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.208 ) (Registered Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Physician’s Assistants, Medical Technologists, Teachers, Attorneys, Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, Engineers, Architects, and Accountants at the independent level as just some of the typical examples of exempt professionals). Or

    

c. Creative Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.209 ) (The primary duty requires invention and originality in a recognized artistic field (music, writing, etc.) and does not typically include newspapers or other media or work subject to control by the organization are just some examples of Creative Professionals). Or

    

d. Computer Employee, (See 5 CFR, 551.210 ) ( must meet salary test and perform such duties as system analysis, program/system design, or program/system testing, documentation, and modification). Computer manufacture or repair is excluded (non-exempt work).

 

5. Administrative Exemption:

    

a. Primary duty consistent with 5 CFR 551 (e.g.; non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or its customers), AND job duties require exercise of discretion & independent judgment.

  FLSA Conclusion:
  Exempt
  Non Exempt


FLSA Comments/Explanations:

Retha M. Richard
HR Specialist (Class/R&P)
Fort Polk CPAC
4 Sep 2012

NOTE: Change made to "Conditions of Employment" #4 to remove "FEMA incident commander qualification" requirement. This change does not change the title/series/grade of this position. Julie E. Vazquez, HR Specialist (Classification/R&P) 30 Dec 15.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT & NOTES:

1. Incumbent is required to regularly enter the Installation Live-Fire Impact Area in the performance of assigned duties. A potentially hazardous situation exists, resulting from the presence of unexploded ammunition (duds), live fire ranges and occupied artillery and mortar firing points.

2. Incumbent is required to work unconventional hours with up to 20% night time work, and to work in all weather conditions. May also be required to work overtime, extended hours, weekends, and/or holidays.

3. Incumbent is required to work an irregular tour of duty subject to intermittent 24-hour/seven day scheduling of work activities in order to conform to Range Training Schedules and construction and refurbishment activities.

4. Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain Level 2 DA Range Safety Certification.

6. Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.

7. A physical/medical examination is required.

8. May be required to perform Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) up to 10% of the time.

9. Must have or be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.

10. This position has been designated as Mission Essential. Mission Essential positions are those that are needed to ensure the continued operation of mission essential functions of an activity, as defined in DODI 3020.42. In the event of severe weather conditions or other such emergency type situations, Mission Essential employees are required to report to work and/or remain at work as scheduled to support mission operations. Administrative dismissal or closure announcements do not apply to Mission Essential personnel unless the supervisor instructs otherwise.



POSITION EVALUATION:

Corrected FLSA to NE - 12/3/2019 - DBS

Replaced Key verbiage with Mission Essential verbiage in COE section per supervisor request on Position Review RPA %535924, updated Supervisor and Review name/date fields and added missing Functional Code M. Duffy