Job Title:Safety Coordinator
Location: Tucson, AZ

Job Description:

We have an opening for a full-time Safety Coordinator to support the operation of the Tucson and Kitt Peak facilities. We are looking for a talented team player to join our friendly team and provide expertise to help manage safety priorities, safety work, and provide physical safety oversight. Responsibilities will include providing site and personnel inspections, audits, investigations, and other activities to verify compliance with OSHA, EPA, AURA, and NOIRLab safety, health and environmental regulations, policies, and procedures. The main work location is at the NOIRLab facility on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona with some work at the Kitt Peak observatory – transportation is provided to/from Kitt Peak. There is an opportunity for some part of the work week to be done remotely from home. Working hours are generally 8-hour days, Monday through Friday; however occasional over-time or weekend efforts may be required.

The Safety Coordinator reports to and follows the directions of the NOIRLab Safety Manager and works and communicates closely with Arizona Facilities Operations (AFOps) management and other NOIRLab safety coordinators to help manage safety priorities, safety work, and provide physical safety oversight. The Safety Coordinator will work with construction contractor’s safety personnel to coordinate safety activities where assigned, at any number of locations on AURA property including but not limited to the observatory or base facility sites.

Part of the Central Operations Services group, the Arizona Facilities Operations group remains successful by working well together with a spirit of cooperation. Together they provide a safe, healthy, pleasant, and functional environment for all.

Essential Functions:

-Provides inspections, audits, consultation, assistance with investigations, and analysis of the site of safety management systems; taking action when necessary in accordance with NOIRLab site procedures. Examples include but are not limited to reviewing fall protection equipment and programs, Job
-Hazard Analysis, electrical safety including lockout tagout, rigging and lifting practices, scaffold assembly and use, PPE and use, equipment operator’s certifications, confined space evaluation, welding safety, and fire prevention measures.
-Provides weekly reports and other documents when necessary and meets with the Head of Safety to discuss progress and issues at least biweekly and the NOIRLab Safety Manager weekly.
-When directed, assists and performs job site incident and accident investigations, post-incident and accident paperwork, and reporting paperwork in coordination with other company safety personnel, and participate in post-incident reviews and follow-up activities.
-Verifies that orientation, general, and specific safety lectures to employees and contractor employees are conducted.
-Reviews contractor safety representative inspections, and audits contractor safety plans. When needed, assists NOIRLab personnel with the development of safety plans.
-Ensures necessary reporting requirements are met regarding NOIRLab safety, health, workers compensation, security, and environmental compliance.
Manages the online safety management system, currently Safety Web Plus
All AURA employees are responsible for the proper management and control of all AURA property within their work area, whether assigned to them or someone else. This responsibility includes reporting any known missing, stolen, or non-working property in their work area to their supervisor or the AURA Property Officer.

Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:

-Diploma in Safety Management or related field with at least two – five years’
experience in occupational safety experience or equivalent.
-Must have the ability to effectively interact with all AURA safety personnel, all
levels of management, staff and contractors, legal counsel, insurance carriers,
physicians, governmental agencies, vendors, and others, in carrying out
responsibilities of the position.
-Proven communication and team constructing abilities/skills.
-Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships and articulate
-Ability to make independent, and often time’s expedient recommendations and
decisions, involving safety regulations, environmental and other regulatory
-Must maintain confidential information and records in accordance with
regulations, company policy, and good judgment.
-Proficient in personal computer software applications, including Microsoft
Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.
-Ability to meet the physical aspects of performing inspections, audits, surveys,
equipment evaluations, etc. including walking, climbing, lifting, carrying, etc. at
altitudes below 7000 feet.
-Valid State driver’s license and a valid GSA permit issued by AURA.

Preferred Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities:

-Experience in construction safety and contractor management
-Knowledge of observatory facilities infrastructure
-Experience in implementing or participating in the implementation of a Safety –Management System in an international environment company highly
-EMT/First responder training
-Fall Protection Competent Person training
-Critical Lift experience
-RCRA training and experience
-NFPA 70-E training
-Adobe Acrobat Pro experience
-Wildland Fire Prevention experience
-Life Safety Code training and experience
-Bilingual in English & Spanish

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.
-The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
-The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds.
-Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
-Must possess – sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
-Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately
-Ability to climb stairs, ladders, scaffolding and catwalks to get to areas inaccessible by any other means. May work at heights up to 150 feet from the ground and must utilize personal fall protection equipment. Ability to access enclosures dictated by the structural design of the telescopes, for routine and non-routine inspection of operational and construction safety.
-Able to climb stairs and work at 6,800 feet altitude

AURA offers an excellent benefits package including paid time off and retirement plan contributions, competitive salary commensurate with experience, and a very attractive work environment.

Details on benefits can be found at

NSF’s NOIRLab is the preeminent US national center for ground-based, nighttime optical and infrared astronomy. The mission of NOIRLab is to enable breakthrough discoveries in astrophysics by developing and operating state-of-the-art ground-based observatories and providing data products and services for a diverse and inclusive community. NOIRLab operates as a matrix organization, providing services across a range of programs: Gemini, Rubin, MSO (CTIO and KPNO), and CSDC; with approximately 400 employees at facilities in three geographic locations: Arizona, Hawai’i, and Chile.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion at NOIRLab. Our managing organization, AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

Preference will be given to qualified internal candidates and qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O’odham reservation.

Please list 3 professional references in your application (references will only be contacted later in the recruitment process) and attach: a cover letter and a CV or resume, PDF files preferred. Please name any attachments with the following format: Lastname Docname. Application documents that are not uploaded as part of the application may be sent to [email protected].

Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process should request assistance at [email protected]

The position will remain open until filled. To be considered in the first round of reviews, please submit your application by March 15, 2022.

COVID-19 Policy Update: AURA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy that requires all employees to be vaccinated including being up to date on boosters, unless qualified for an exemption based on medical or religious reasons. All new employees will be required to comply with this policy and will be required to present proof of full vaccination or submit a completed request (including supporting documents, if applicable) for an exemption at least five (5) business days prior to their start of employment. Individuals who fail to meet this deadline may have their employment start date delayed.

This is a requirement for all employees working onsite or from home (telework or hybrid remote work schedule). Currently the vaccination requirement does not apply to any future AURA employees working in Chile, regardless of their nationality or type of contract.

AURA currently offers a mix-model workspace (office & virtual) and stimulating environments for all, with most staff working virtually from home during the COVID-19 crisis through Spring 2022. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority. We will continue to interview and screen candidates in this new virtual landscape and offers of employment can be extended and new hires will onboard virtually. Employees are required to be residents in their base job location within a limited time from their start date.

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), is a consortium of over 40 US institutions and three international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA’s role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the NSF’s NOIRLab, the National Solar Observatory, and the construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation and operations of the Space Telescope Science Institute under contracts with NASA.

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws.

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