AOHC: Help Wanted: Must be Able to Keep National Secrets

The Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Department (TSD), is looking for an occupational health professional to serve as chief of the medical programs branch for the Federal Air Marshall Service. Representatives set up a booth at the American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC) in Atlanta to offer information about the service and the job.

The salary is $66,000 to $122,300 per year, and the position is in Mays Landing, N.J. The offer includes a relocation payment of $10,000 for new hires or $25,000 for transfer/internal candidates.

Job responsibilities include program management and budgeting, development of policies, conducting studies of health-related issues and needs, and representation of the Federal Air Marshall Service (FAMS) at conferences and events. Occupational health professionals at FAMS provide vaccinations, annual physicals, employee assistance program, reporting illnesses and injuries, dispense medications, provide medical clearance/return to flight status, occupational health case management and coordination of EMS services.

It's hard to say how many employees the chief of the medical programs branch will oversee or how many air marshals will receive care from the medical service.

A very nice representative at the TSD booth was quick to offer the information that before 9/11, there were 33 air marshals. When asked how many there are now, she smiled and said, "I can't tell you that information." She indicated that information was a matter of national security. When pressed, she did admit, "There are many more than before 9/11."

An application packet can be obtained at www.faa.gov/corecomp. Resumes, including name, address, telephone number, social security number, country of citizenship and date of birth, along with the completed application packet, should be sent to FAM Human Resources, The Complex, 5100 Harding Highway, Mays Landing, N.J. 08330.

One more job requirement: the person selected for the job must be able to obtain and keep a "top secret" security clearance.

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