Recruitment #2104-0305-001


The City of Tucson's Business Services Department, Risk Management Division, Safety Group is seeking two qualified, experienced, and highly motivated Safety Specialists to join its team. This position will be responsible for coordinating occupational safety and health components and engaging employees throughout City of Tucson departments.

General Description

The Safety Specialist is responsible for coordinating and supporting safety goals, initiatives and activities both internally within the team and externally with other City departments.

Essential Functions

Performs safety training for the department in accordance with 29CFR 1910 OSHA's General Industry Standards, other nationally recognized compliance standards or manufacturer's equipment guidelines which may include administering hands on drivers training skill testing.

Conducts incident investigations by determining the nature and cause of injury, illness or accidents and making recommendations for correction of deficiencies and/or corrective action plans in accordance with associated rules, regulations or directives.

Obtains mandated certifications when relevant to department functions by attending training sessions and seminars to keep current on regulations as they pertain to safety and health, to include new ideas and techniques in accident prevention, loss control and compliance based safety programs as they relate to 29CFR 1910 OSHA's General Industry Standards, other nationally recognized compliance standards or manufacturer's equipment guidelines.

Serves as liaison for various departments on safety related matters by conducting safety and work practice observations and studies, recommending and implementing changes to improve employee safety, and developing procedures in consultation with the appropriate division.

Develops and performs safety compliance inspections by conducting facility inspections to ensure OSHA compliance. Coordinates  regulatory agencies to attend meetings/classes to keep current of safety related issues, training classes or new techniques.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Associate's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years implementing occupational safety and health compliance programs

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License


Relevant experience in lieu of education will be considered.

Special Job Requirements

As part of this recruitment process, interested applicants must include a current resume detailing relevant education and experience (maximum 2 pages).

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the minimum qualifications identified above, the ideal candidate will also possess the following:

  • Professional OSHA 501 General Industry Trainer Certification 
  • Experience conducting ergonomic evaluations
  • Experience conducting industrial hygiene assessments
  • Experience in writing safety, health and environmental reports

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a Written Exam and Oral Board Interview.

*Virtual Written Exam will be held the week of April 26, 2021

*Virtual Oral Board interviews will be held the week of May 3, 2021

*It is important to note that the City of Tucson uses Microsoft TEAMS for its virtual interview and testing process.  Please ensure you have access to this software application.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring  applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as: 

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 30% of your written exam
  • 70% of your oral board interview

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must email your documentation to when you receive your invitation to the virtual Oral Board interview.  The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Office of Risk Management/Safety Division:  None

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.

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