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Chief Mine Inspector

Date Posted:  Jan 18, 2023
Requisition ID:  418572

Vincennes, IN, US, 47591


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.



About the Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL):

The mission of the Indiana Department of Labor is to advance Hoosiers' safety, health, and prosperity in the workplace. To make significant strides in achieving our mission, we emphasize both enforcement and voluntary compliance for employers. Our office administers the IOSHA program, state wage and hours, youth employment laws, and underground coal mine safety. We also have many free training and educational resources available to the public through our INSafe Division. Finally, our Quality, Metrics & Statistics Division counts, measures, and tracks trends internally and externally. Our goal is to help make Indiana a great place to work and do business. Let us know how we can help you!



The salary for this position traditionally starts at $42,900.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience. 

About the Job:

As the Chief Mine Inspector, you will be responsible for being involved in onsite mine inspections for all underground coal mines in Indiana, assisting the Deputy Commissioner with mine rescue and maintenance of mining equipment housed at the Bureau of Mines. In this position, you will train and keep updated on any changes in mining laws and safety regulations that will benefit the miners of this state. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • You will conduct and thoroughly document inspections of all underground coal mines in Indiana in accordance and cooperation with federal MSHA and compliance with Indiana statute. 
  • You will serve as a liaison between the Bureau of Mines and the mining industry. 
  • You will assist in maintaining all mining equipment and be knowledgeable in its operation and maintenance. 
  • You will assist in quarterly certification testing each quarter. 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice. 

What You'll Need For Success:

You must have the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • Chief Mine Inspector must have three (3) years of underground mining experience and Indiana mine examiner certification. 
  • Technical knowledge of the Coal Mining Laws of Indiana. 
  • Possess practical knowledge and the ability to interpret and apply laws relevant to the Bureau of Mines. 
  • Possess knowledge of the inherent dangers in the underground coal mining industry, which includes different systems of working and ventilating coal mines, the nature, chemistry, detection, and control of noxious, poisonous, and explosive gases. 
  • Must have the ability to discern the violations that are present in mining operations and be able to cite and have corrected such violations that violate the Coal Mining Laws of Indiana and which may be a danger to any worker. 
  • Ability to be firm, practical, and impartial when dealing with both internal and external clients.  
  • Valid Indiana driver’s license.  
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality. 
  • Approximately 90 % of the Chief Mine Inspector’s job will be in the field.  Conditions involved can be unpleasant and dangerous, including excessive heat and cold conditions, exposure to noxious, poisonous & explosive gases, high dust levels, low light levels, and confined spaces. The person will be in situations commonly found in the mining industry and will involve moving mobile equipment, chemical exposure, and different types of mining terrain to negotiate ( wet, muddy, limited in height, and exposure to unstable roof strata.)  
  • There will be some lifting required on the job, which would include mine rescue apparatus, office equipment, and other various equipment used at the Bureau of Mines.  None to exceed fifty (50) pounds. 

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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