Mine Inspector (Open)

St. Louis County

  • Mining|Minerals Engineer
  • Engineering
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Energy, Utilities and Natural Resources
  • Mining and Drilling
  • Mining|Drilling
  • Mining|Minerals Engineer
  • Professional Services
  • Risk Management|Occupational Health and Safety

The salary range reflected above is the normal hiring range for 2018. The full salary range, including longevity pay, is $27.33 - $38.60 per hour.

Responsible professional, technical and administrative work directing a compliant and comprehensive mine inspection program for St. Louis County and contracted entities. An employee in this class is responsible for administering, organizing and coordinating a mine inspection program that is compliant with State law.

General responsibilities include developing resources and providing direction for the implementation of a mine inspection program, inspecting area mines and communicating with mine safety stakeholders and the public regarding associated matters. The work is performed independently under the general direction of assigned supervisory staff in accord with laws and regulations governing the safe operation of active mines and taconite plants as well as safeguarding inactive mines.

These work environment factors are general in nature and may vary depending on the specific position being filled.

  • CONSTANT: Near vision; hear within 5 feet and up to 20 feet; and talk/speak.
  • FREQUENT: Midrange and far vision; depth perception; field of vision; visual accommodation; color vision; balance; bend neck; climb ladders and stairs; grasp; handle; move about; reach; rotate neck; sit; stand; walk; extreme heat, humidity and noise; mechanical hazards; slippery surfaces; moving objects; traffic; work alone, with, and around others; customer/public contact; work inside; work outside; and drive.
  • OCCASIONAL: Crouch; use fingers; maintain posture; reach above shoulder; twist at waist; stoop/bend; taste/smell; right and left wrist turn; exposure to weather; vibration; electrical hazards; explosives; atmospheric conditions.


  • A degree in Industrial Safety/Hygiene or in a related engineering field AND two years of paid verifiable experience in mine safety administration; OR
  • Six years paid verifiable experience as a miner or otherwise engaged as an employee in mines or related experience, including two years of mining-related safety work; OR
  • Two years of paid verifiable experience in mine engineering (or related engineering experience in iron mines) and mining-related safety work; OR
  • Three years of paid verifiable experience as an Assistant Mine Inspector.

Points will be awarded for job-related experience and education exceeding the minimum qualifications. Only experience occurring during the ten most recent years will be used in determining this assessment. Experience beyond ten years may be included on the application for purposes of meeting minimum qualifications or informing the hiring authority of your complete employment history.

Please note: When answering the supplemental questions on the website, the webpage will time out after 30 minutes. It's highly recommended you draft your answers in a Word document and copy/paste the answers into the application when you're finished writing. Failure to answer all of the questions on the "Supplemental Questions" page within 30 minutes will result in the deletion of your answers by the application system.

The top candidates as determined by the Supplemental Questionnaire ratings will be scheduled for the oral assessment on Monday, January 14, 2019. If seven or fewer applicants qualify for the oral assessment, it may be waived.


December 19th, 2018 - Applicant screening will begin.
Week of December 31st - Supplemental Questions scored
Week of January 14th - Oral Assessment
Week of January 28th - Interviews taking place

The essential functions for this position are listed under the "ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK" on the specification, available in the Human Resources Department or online at

If you are eligible to apply for Veterans Preference, please attach to your application a copy of document(s) listed for the option that applies to you:

Veteran: DD214 noting character of service
Disabled Veteran: DD214 & compensable disability award letter issued within the last 6 months.
Spouse of Disabled Veteran: DD214 & compensable disability award letter issued within the last 6 months & marriage certificate. (Eligible only if Veteran is unable to qualify because of the disability.)
Spouse of Deceased Veteran: DD214, Marriage Certificate and Death Certificate.
Please refer to Minnesota Statue 197.455 for additional requirements.

Qualified applicants must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. Applicants selected must meet the physical requirements for the position.

Applicants selected for appointment must take and pass a drug test.

Applicants selected for appointment to a position with St. Louis County are be subject to a background investigation.

All new employees must submit documentation verifying identity and employment eligibility within three days of their first day of employment.

Appointees to the position must successfully complete at least a six month probationary period prior to being certified for permanent employment.

St. Louis County is an equal opportunity and veteran-friendly employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, familial status, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, disability, genetic information, veteran status or activity in a local Human Rights Commission or any other characteristic protected by law.