Nuclear and Hazardous Materials Tec 3/4 | Los Alamos, NM | Los Alamos National Laboratory

Nuclear and Hazardous Materials Tec 3/4

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Nuclear & Hazardous Materials Tec 3 or 4 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

At Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), we solve national security challenges through simultaneous excellence! The Plutonium Capability Transuranic Waste Management group, Nuclear Process Infrastructure-6 (NPI-6) is looking for highly motivated individuals to serve as Nuclear & Hazardous Materials Technicians level 3/4 and join Waste Operations, swing shift or night shift. The swing shift offers 12% shift differential of the basic hourly rate; night shift offers 15% shift differential of the basic hourly rate. NPI-6 ensures safe, efficient, and compliant waste management generated at the TA-55 Plutonium Facility, the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) building, the TA-50 Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility (RLWTF), and the Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building (RLUOB). NPI-6 provides ample opportunities to learn new skills while maintaining a supportive environment when challenges arise. How we perform our job is as important as what we do! 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.

Nuclear and Hazardous Materials Tech 3 $59,500 - $93,100

The Nuclear and Hazardous Materials Technician 3 will interface with teams within the NPI division and with other groups within TA-55 and the Laboratory. If chosen for this position, you will work under minimal supervision to provide technical support for activities including assembly, oversight, repair, and maintenance of a wide variety of equipment. You will also provide move, load, transports, and storage support for hazardous containers and waste material as well as perform and review inspection and characterization information on containers to insure proper handling and storage. Specific duties may include, but are not necessarily limited to: technical assistance in fabrication, assembly, inspection, testing, analytical instrumentation, handling drums and/or other containers of hazardous materials or hazardous wastes, operating forklifts and/or other mechanical loading/handling equipment, performing nuclear material move transactions, participating in nuclear material inventories, coordinating transactions with internal customers, ensuring availability of assay instruments and keeping and tracking related documents to assure compliance.

Nuclear and Hazardous Materials Tech 4 $65,700 - $104,000

In addition to what was outlined at the lower level, at this level you will perform normal aspects of the job independently with limited supervision, as well as performing non-routine tasks requiring the exercise of independent judgement and occasionally work without appreciable direction. You may also provide technical expertise and guidance on problematic waste or manufacturing issues.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Regulation: Demonstrated experience and knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to the handling of waste and hazardous material. Demonstrated skill in understanding work hazards, safety practices, and operating configurations.

Skills/Expertise: Demonstrated experience operating mechanical equipment such as forklifts or other types of mechanical lifting devices. Demonstrated skills in mechanical maintenance and testing. Ability to work with radioactive or other hazardous materials as dictated by programmatic needs. Demonstrated experience with nuclear facility personal protective equipment (PPE) such as anti-contamination clothing, booties, a variety of safety gloves, and full-face respirator qualification. Demonstrated experience in proper use of personnel protective equipment including air purifying respirators. Experience and participation in audits of material and/or management activities. The ability to obtain and maintain certification as a forklift and incidental crane operator.

Communication: Demonstrated experience following detailed procedures effectively, both orally and in writing and demonstrated experience in aiding in the preparation of reports.

Teamwork: Demonstrated ability 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.

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

DOE Order 426.2: DOE Order 426.2 requires 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: Ability to 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.

Problem Solving: Demonstrated experience in recognizing technical problems, and applying analysis and testing, to identify suitable solutions and effectively document and communicate results.

Independent Judgement: Demonstrated experience performing work and prioritizing tasks with nominal supervision, as well as contributing to a team in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Customer Service: Demonstrated success in providing good customer service.

Additional Job Requirements for Nuclear and Hazardous Materials Tech 4:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires:

Skills/Expertise: Knowledge in computers, computer programming and /or software applications used in R&D job function, and MS suite. Advanced knowledge of transportation and moving operations for hazardous waste and materials.

Communication: Advanced skills to conceptualize major elements of material handling, waste handling, or manufacturing processes, policies, and procedures to technical and non-technical personnel. Advanced skills in the preparation of material handling, waste handling reports or manufacturing build paperwork.

Education/Experience at lower level: Position requires an Associate's Degree and 3 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Education/Experience at higher level: Position requires an Associate's Degree and 5 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

Desired Qualifications:

Skills/Expertise: Experience working with transuranic waste. Demonstrated experience and knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to the handling of Transuranic Waste and hazardous material. The ability to obtain and maintain certification as a forklift and incidental crane operator.

Regulations: Knowledge of one or more of the following: Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 49 Parts 105-180; DOE O 460.1B Packaging and Transportation Safety; P151-1 LANL Packaging and Transportation Program Procedure. Demonstrated experience managing RCRA waste storage areas including knowledge of chemical storage, segregation, and handling requirements.

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 1 year or 2 years.

Note to Applicants:
  • For full consideration please provide a comprehensive resume or CV that addresses how your work experience meets the minimum job requirements, job skills, and desired qualifications of the position.
  • May require extended work hours
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • 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.
  • Evaluation of applications will commence immediately
  • Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview on September 28, 2022 and September 29, 2022.
  • This vacancy will close at COB, September 22, 2022.
Where You Will Work

Located 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 childbirth 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. See DOE 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 Policy Policy P701 for 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 StatusFull Time