Safety Trainer/State Mine Rescue Coordinator

at State of Colorado
Location Denver, Colorado
Date Posted August 3, 2022
Category Mining / Oil / Gas
Job Type Not Specified


Department Information


Are you interested in investing in a career that makes a difference?

Consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. It's our mission to manage and conserve Colorado's natural resources for the benefit of people today - and tomorrow. That means we have to balance development with conservation so the state we all love provides similar opportunities for our children and their children.

We invite you to explore our website at to find out more about the work we do to manage Colorado's natural resources for today - and tomorrow.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply.

In addition to offering rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

Medical and Dental plans
Strong, flexible retirement plans including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus pre-tax 401K and 457 plans
Paid life insurance
Short- and long-term disability coverage
Employee Wellness programs
Flexible Spending Accounts
Health Savings Accounts
11 paid holidays per year plus generous vacation and sick leave
Flexible work schedule options and remote-work options
Career advancement opportunities throughout the State system

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Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety

The Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety (DRMS) consists of four programs: the Coal Regulatory program, the Minerals Regulatory program, the Inactive Mine Reclamation program, and Mine Safety and Training program. The division is committed to balance the need for mineral resource production with protection of the public, environment and Colorado's natural resources. The mission of DRMS is to protect the public, miners and the environment during current mining operations, restore abandoned mines, and to ensure that all mined land is reclaimed to beneficial use.

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Mine Safety and Training Program

This position is part of the Mine Safety and Training Program which exists to prevent accidents and save lives, protecting those exposed to hazards in and around mines. The program Implements federally compliant mine safety training and education programs in collaboration with mine operators, miners, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and county officials; assists in complying with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives(ATFE) regulations regarding the safe use and storage of explosives; assists the tourist mine owners and operators in complying with state and federal mine safety regulations to protect the safety of the public and mine employees; assists the coal mine board of examiners in the testing, training and certification of coal mine officials in compliance with state and federal certification requirements; assists in training and equipping mine rescue teams in best practices for preventing and responding to mine emergencies; and educates and trains those who work at mines in safe and healthful work practices. Description of Job


Position Summary:

The purpose of this position is to provide federally compliant mine safety and health training, safety assessment audits, training plan assistance, mine emergency risk assessments and general safety expertise and consulting to miners, contractors, owners, operators and those engaged in all types of mining activities; to train mine safety trainers to obtain necessary credentials to conduct their own federally compliant mine safety training and take ownership of their safety; conduct training necessary to protect rescuers and increase the speed and success rate of victim rescue during mine emergencies; to inspect mines (primarily tourist mines, abandoned mines) for compliance with state regulations and federal safety standards; to train and test mine officials to improve their safety awareness and hazard recognition skill levels and prevent accidents (for coal mine officials through the state certification process); to design, organize and conduct effective mine rescue, MERD, and other mine emergency training for mine rescue teams; help to train and equip mine rescue teams in Colorado.

Specific duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

Designs and Conducts State and Federally Compliant Mine Safety and Health Training for the Mining Community

Develops and conducts mine safety and health training, including new miner, annual refresher, instructor training, in compliance with federal regulations. Reviews and maintains an up-to-date working knowledge of federal and state mine safety and health regulations. Reviews and assesses the effectiveness of safety procedures and best practices at mine sites and conducts programs for the training of miners in job safety. Creates clear, effective training materials and assists operators in reviewing safe job procedures for high risk and high incident occupations in mining. Completes citation and accident analyses on mining operations to pinpoint problems and help find effective safety solutions. Participates in the design, creation, production, and distribution of new, innovative mine safety and health training resources.

Developing training and study materials to conduct part 46 and 48 complaint training

Upon request provides expertise and guidance regarding the MSHA part 46 and 48 required training. Assistance mining companies, and contractors with relevant training. Provides direction to miners, mine operators and contractors regarding certified duties and how to obtain certification.

Inspects Tourist Mines, Active Mines, and Inactive Mines to Identify and Mitigate Hazards To Protect Persons

Inspects tourist mines, active mines, and inactive mines to protect miners and the general public from hazards such as unstable ground, dangerous mine openings, contaminated atmospheres, the potential for fire and explosion, and other conditions that cause accidents or threaten life. Enforce compliance with federal and state statutes, rules and regulations, where appropriate. Provides safety assessments of mine sites to identify the hazards and advises peers, managers, mine employees, and other agencies, as appropriate, of the risks, vulnerabilities, and expected dangers to be found at the mine site or during emergency response to selected sites.

Reviews mine safety laws, statutes, rules and regulations to provide up-to-date direction to staff, the public and private entities

Reviews mine health and safety laws (federal, state, local), statutes, rules and regulations and program policies regularly and provides guidance and direction to staff, mine operators, mine employees, government agencies, trade associations and the public for the protection of the safety and health of any person.

Monitors certification exams, helps draft exam questions and study materials

Upon request provides expertise and guidance regarding the certification of coal mine officials such as mine foremen, electricians, blasters, and shotfirers. Assistance may include monitoring certification exams, helping to create or modify exam questions or study materials, providing expert opinions on safety issues related to certified duties of coal mine officials. Provides direction to miners, mine operators and contractors regarding certified duties and how to obtain certification.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Mine Safety and Health, Mining Engineering, Mine Technology, Geology or another field of study directly related to the assignment and two years of experience in underground and/or surface coal or mineral (non-coal) mining experience. Must have the ability to obtain Surface Instructor (IS), Underground (IU), and Mine Rescue Trainer (MR) certifications from the Mine Safety and Health Administration.


Work experience in hard rock, sand and gravel, aggregate and coal mines that included rescue training and safety may substitute for the education. An advanced degree in a related field may substitute for the education and one year of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Underground mining and safety experience
Mine rescue team and/or training experience
Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) credential
Bilingual, English and Spanish
MSHA/State of Colorado Electrical Certification - Underground and/or Surface

Conditions of Employment

Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination. Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine..... click apply for full job details

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