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DEP Announces Employment Opportunity in Mining Program


Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has an opening for qualified candidates for a Blasting and Explosives Inspector in the Pottsville District Mining Office.

The duties include: inspection of mining sites, implementation and monitoring of compliance activities for blasting and surface mining activities in the Reading, Philadelphia, and Allentown areas. The employee must also perform duties applicable to the storage, handling and use of explosive materials used in all surface applications.

To qualify for the Blasting and Explosives Inspector, applicants must possess a Class A “General” blaster’s license issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and valid Pennsylvania commercial driver’s license with hazardous materials (H) endorsement. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or physical sciences from an accredited university or four years of experience in the handling and use of explosives, including a minimum of two years as a lead blaster, blasting foreman, or blasting operations supervisor. 

This is a civil service position; therefore, the applicant must have taken or will take the civil service exam to be considered for employment. Pennsylvania residency is required. Questions about eligibility, application procedures, or other job opportunities should be referred to the Bureau of Human Resources at (717) 783-6220 or by email at Applicants may also apply directly through the PA State Civil Service Commission at

There are several other employment opportunities currently open with DEP. The positions can be found by clicking this link:

MEDIA CONTACT: Colleen Connolly, 570-826-2035

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