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Nuclear Operations Technician

Company: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Location: Richland
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311984

Directorate: Operational Systems Directorate

Division: Nuclear Operations and Campus Development

Group:Shielded Facilities Operations

Job Description

Shielded Facilities Operations is seeking a Nuclear Operations Technician Level 1 or Level 2. The successful candidate will safely work with radioactive and hazardous material in hot cells, fume hoods, glove boxes and on bench tops. Work will support a wide range of research and development projects. Work will include operation of electromechanical manipulators in hot cells, analytical chemistry, decontamination of radioactive material, preventative and corrective maintenance of radioactive systems, waste management, and logging facility systems status. Work requires precision in following written procedures and conforming to facility conduct of operations.

Level 1: Entry level. Limited radioactive work experience. Applies standard procedures for assigned tasks and known processes. Performs work under direct supervision and receives detailed instructions on new assignments. Assignments are typically routine in nature requiring limited judgment. High school diploma and 1+ years of related work experience, or relevant Associate's degree.

Level 2: Semi-skilled level. Selects, adapts, and applies standard procedures for assigned tasks and known processes. Rigorously practices appropriate radioactive contamination control techniques. Capable of working with several types of laboratory instrumentation and equipment. Normally receives little instruction on daily work, general instructions on new work assignments. High school diploma and 2+ years of relevant work experience, or relevant Associate's degree and 1+ years of relevant work experience.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School diploma and 1+ years of related work experience, or relevant Associates degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • High school diploma and 2+ years of relevant work experience, or relevant Associate's degree and 1+ years of relevant work experience.

  • Significant radioactive work experience in hot cells, glove boxes, fume hoods, or radiation and contamination areas.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a country of risk without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Closing Statement

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

  • Routinely works with Radioactive and other Hazardous Materials and Waste.

Directorate: Operational Systems

Job Category: Safeguards and Security

Group: Shielded Facilities Operations

Opening Date: 2021-04-15

Closing Date: 2021-04-29

Keywords: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland , Nuclear Operations Technician, Other , Richland, Washington

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