Pollution Prevention Professional (Environmental Professional 2)

What You Will Do

The Team

Come join a passionate team of individuals supporting Los Alamos National Laboratory's (LANL's) Pollution Prevention program. Pollution prevention (P2), also known as source reduction, is any practice that reduces, eliminates, or prevents pollution at its source prior to recycling, treatment or disposal. LANL's P2 program is part of the Environmental Stewardship group in the Environmental Protection and Compliance division, and heavily collaborates and integrates with other environmental, sustainability, compliance, and waste programs across the site. This exciting program supports LANL's environmental protection mission by emphasizing source reduction projects for various waste and pollutants, including providing funding to LANL Principal Investigators for independent projects. The P2 program currently supports additional initiatives such as emerging contaminants, fugitive emission capture and reuse, sustainable acquisition, and reduction or avoidance of hazardous and nuclear waste generation.

Examples of P2 program projects from recent years include:

  • Developing improved purchasing practices to prioritize products with reduced environmental impact.
  • Reducing nuclear waste inventory through process improvement.
  • Integrating environmental best practices across LANL.
  • Identifying socially and environmentally responsible end-of-life disposal paths for materials.
  • Investigating and preventing the use of emerging contaminants such as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and dioxin/furan onsite.
  • Preparing LANL for climate change, such as reducing site greenhouse gas footprint, water resource planning, and climate resilience planning.

Job duties

  • Lead projects that solve a LANL-specific pollution prevention challenge in response to institutional priorities. Includes developing questions, finding answers, and conveying solutions to management.
  • Analyze current waste generation processes and recommend sound environmental practices.
  • Research process improvement opportunities that reduce environmental and social impacts.
  • Interface with all levels of Laboratory staff, students, and managers, the Department of Energy (DOE), federal subject matter experts (SMEs), stakeholders, the public, and other DOE sites.
  • Apply academic concepts of waste minimization, sustainability, life cycle assessments, risk assessments, process mapping and/or process improvement to emerging challenges at LANL.
  • Work towards DOE and Federal orders and goals, such as DOE Order 436.1A and Executive Orders 14008 and 14057.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to take initiative on projects where little is known.
  • Foster a mutually respectful and inclusive work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge in several of the following areas:
    • Source reduction, or waste avoidance
    • Process mapping and/or process improvement
    • Environmental, economic, and social sustainability
    • Another area of environmental improvement unique to the candidate's education or job experience
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in conducting research, investigating alternative solutions, and recommending solutions to problems affecting waste minimization and/or environmental protection.
  • Skill to conceptualize and communicate major elements of pollution prevention to both technical and non-technical personnel. Skill in the preparation and presentation of reports.
  • Demonstrated willingness to take on projects outside of your comfort zone and area of expertise.
  • Active Q Clearance or the ability to obtain DOE Q Clearance, which typically requires U.S. citizenship.


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


Desired Qualifications:


  • Proficiency with basic Microsoft Office programs such as Outlook, Excel, and Word.
    • Other software experience benefiting job duties, and minimum job requirements.
  • Working knowledge of federal organizations, processes, and fiscal management.
  • Bachelor's degree strongly oriented toward science, engineering, technology, and/or economics is preferred.


Work Location: The work location for this position is hybrid and is located in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Hybrid is defined as working partially onsite/partially offsite but within 2 hours ground commute of this location. All work locations are at the discretion of management and can change at any time with appropriate notice.

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.

Note to Applicants:

  • For Full Consideration: submit a comprehensive resume and include a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications to be considered for an interview.


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 (PTO 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). Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation conducted by or on behalf of the Federal Government, and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. This position requires a Q clearance. and obtaining such clearance requires US Citizenship except in extremely rare circumstances. Dependent upon the position, additional authorization to access classified information may be required, which may or may not be available to dual citizens. Receipt of a Q clearance and additional access authorization ultimately is a decision of the Federal Government and not of Triad.

*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.

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. Although New Mexico and other states have legalized the use of marijuana, use and possession of marijuana remain illegal under federal law. A positive drug test for marijuana will result in termination of employment, even if the use was pre-offer.

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 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, 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 applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.