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Los Alamos National Laboratory Nuclear and Hazardous Materials Tec 1 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

Come work with us! The Plutonium Capability Low Level Waste and Waste Characterization, Reduction, and Repackaging Facility (WCRRF) Waste Operations (NPI-10) working group is looking for highly motivated, customer service focused, and highly experienced individuals to serve as Nuclear & Hazardous Materials Technicians to join the TA55 LLW, CMR, RLUOB, RLW or WCRRF Operations team(s). The NPI-10 Group oversees and supports low level waste (LLW), mixed low level waste (MLLW), and hazardous waste packaging and staging operations in Plutonium Facility 4 (PF4), Chemical and Metallurgical Research (CMR), and Radiological Laboratory/Utility/Office Building (RLUOB), Waste Characterization, Reduction, and Repackaging Facility (WCRRF), and the Radioactive Liquid Waste (RLW) facility. Additionally, the NPI-10 working group will be tasked with bringing up new TRU waste treatment capabilities at the Waste Characterization, Reduction, and Repackaging Facility (WCRRF).

Our team members comply with a variety of nuclear management related requirements; work independently on challenging concurrent projects requiring close cooperation, adaptability, initiative, and willingness to provide support wherever needed to meet LANL’s National Security Mission. NPI-10 has opportunities for everyone to develop their skills and to learn new things.

Nuclear and Hazardous Materials Tech 1 $44,900 - $69,200

The Nuclear and Hazardous Materials Technician 1 will interface with teams within the division and with other groups within TA-55 and the Laboratory. If selected, you will work under direct supervision, and will contribute to the operations of hazardous and radioactive material management processes. Specific duties may include, handling and inspecting drums and/or other containers of waste, operating forklifts and/or other mechanical loading/handling equipment and managing and tracking related documents to assure compliance.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Regulation: Ability to understand importance of work hazards, safety practices, operating configurations, and lock-out/tag-out policies and procedures.

Communication: Ability to follow and understand detailed procedures effectively, both orally and in writing and demonstrated experience in aiding in the preparation of reports.

Skills/Expertise: Basic knowledge operating mechanical equipment such as forklifts or other types of mechanical lifting devices. Ability to work with radioactive or other hazardous materials as dictated by programmatic needs. Ability to wear nuclear facility personal protective equipment (PPE) such as anti-contamination clothing, booties, a variety of safety gloves, and obtain full-face respirator qualification.

Teamwork: Understands success to work as a team member in a conscientious, professional, and responsible manner in a multi-disciplinary environment and interacting effectively with a variety of organizations.

Customer Service: Demonstrated success in providing good customer service.

Clearance and Mandatory Certifications: The ability to obtain and maintain a Q-clearance and Human Reliability Program (HRP) qualification.

DOE Order 426.2: DOE Order 426.2 requires high school diploma.

Education/Experience for Nuclear and Hazardous Materials Tec 1: Position requires a High School Diploma.

Essential Job Functions (can perform with or without reasonable accommodation):

Depth perception, binocular vision, reading vision, ability to speak, ability to discriminate speech, ability to hear in a normal range (500 to 3000 hz), standing, walking, use stairs, fixed ladders and ladders up to six feet, ability to lift 50 pounds and carry 35 pounds, typing or keyboarding.

Work Environment:

Work near sources of ionizing radiation; ability to wear personal protective equipment such as safety glasses or eye protection, anti-contamination clothing, safety shoes, protective footgear, full-face respirators; all while indoors in radiological work areas.

Desired Qualifications:

Regulation: Basic knowledge of one or more of the following: NNSS Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC), LANL WAC, and the LANL New Mexico Environmental Department permit. Basic experience with nuclear criticality safety, material control and accountability, radiological protection, safety basis compliance, waste minimization, and waste management

Skills/Expertise: The ability to obtain and maintain certification as a forklift and incidental crane operator; and to become efficient with accounting/management systems such as WCATS.

Training/Certifications: Ability to complete job specific training, i.e., Radworker, HAZWOPER, RCRA; and site specific training at TA-55, RLWTF, RLUOB and/or CMR. Full qualification involves obtaining unescorted PF-4 access and Person-in-Charge qualification.

Note to Applicants:

  • For full consideration, please provide a comprehensive resume, which outlines how you meet the minimum and desired skills noted above.

  • While the posted salary range for this position is broad, it is highly unusual for selected applicants to be hired at the top end of the range and more common for selected candidates to grow into the full salary band over time.

  • May require extended work hours or occasional shift work.

  • Occasional travel may be required.

  • Evaluation of applications will commence immediately

  • Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview on August 3, 2022 and August 4, 2022.

  • This vacancy will close at COB, July 22, 2022

Location: This position will be located in Los Alamos, NM.

COVID Vaccine :

The COVID vaccine is mandatory for all Laboratory employees, on-site contractors, and on-site subcontractors unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to those working on-site, those teleworking, and all new hires.

Position commitment:

Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 2 years.

Where You Will Work

L ocated in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

  • Dental and vision insurance

  • Free basic life and disability insurance

  • Paid maternity and parental leave

  • Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

  • Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

  • Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

  • Onsite gyms and wellness programs

  • Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance which requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon position, additional authorization to access nuclear weapons information may be required that may or may not be available to dual citizens depending upon the circumstances.

  • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. SeeDOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

HRP: This position is subject to the requirements of the DOE Human Reliability Program as specified in 10 Code of Federal Regulation, Part 712, §712.11. These requirements include on going drug and alcohol testing, as well as periodic medical and psychological evaluations.

426.2: This position is subject to DOE Order 426.2, Personnel Selection, Training, and Qualification Requirements for DOE Nuclear Facilities, which establishes entry-level requirements to ensure candidates selected for specific positions can successfully perform the requirements of the job.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Employment Status

Full Time

Appointment Type



Contact Details
Contact Name Gonzales, Jesse J
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC111282
Organization Name NPI-10 Plutonium Capability Low Level Waste And WCRRF Waste Operations
Minimum Salary 44900
Maximum Salary 69200
Req ID: IRC111282
Category: Other