The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is continuing to recruit new chemical incident investigators to work in Denver, Colorado, in an effort to establish the agency’s first regional office outside of Washington, DC, according to an agency press release.

The new office will be located at the federal center in Lakewood, just west of Denver.

The agency has announced multiple vacancies for investigators in Denver, ranging from the GS-11 to GS-14 grade levels. The investigators are expected to form the core of a new investigative team based in Denver that will deploy to accident sites primarily in the Western and Midwestern U.S. The team will be headed by CSB Supervisory Investigator Don Holmstrom, who led the Board’s investigation of the BP Texas City refinery explosion from 2005-2007, as well as numerous other significant investigations.

“Establishing a presence in the western states potentially will allow the CSB to recruit more effectively, to deploy investigators more quickly to accident sites, and to maintain important contacts with stakeholders throughout the country,” said CSB Chairman John Bresland. “Expanding into other locations will help us grow our capacity to investigate more of the serious chemical accidents that occur each year across the U.S.”

Applications for the vacant positions must be received by Friday, January 16, 2009, to be considered. Individuals who applied to a previous vacancy announcement from August 2008 and who remain interested in the positions should reapply under the current announcement. For specific information on the requirements for the positions and application procedures, please visit the Career Opportunities section atwww.csb.govor the federal government's employment site