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Nuclear and Hazardous Materials Technician 3 & 4

Job Title
Nuclear and Hazardous Materials Technician 3 & 4
Job ID
Los Alamos,  NM 87545
Other Location

Job Summary

Longenecker & Associates (L&A), a woman owned small business, has provided technical and management support to the Nuclear Energy Industry for over 30+ years. We have the immediate need for Nuclear and Hazardous Materials Technicians to contribute to the mission of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). LANL is a multidisciplinary research institution dedicated to enhancing national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

The Hazardous Waste Management group (NPI-6) is looking for a highly motivated, customer service focused, and highly experienced individual to serve as a Nuclear & Hazardous Materials Technician to join the Hazardous Materials Operations Team. 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 plenty of opportunity to learn new things and a supportive environment when challenges arise. 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.

For full consideration please provide a comprehensive resume that addresses the key requirements, job skills, and desired qualifications of the position.

These positions will be filled at either the Technician 3 or 4 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities (may include, but are not limited to)

·       The Nuclear and Hazardous Materials Technician 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.

·       In addition to what is outlined at the lower level, higher-level candidates will primarily support activities such as the handling, packaging and documenting hazardous and radioactive material; operating mechanical lifting equipment such as gantry/bridge cranes and forklifts; managing RCRA storage areas; and ensuring all results, materials, processes and final products meet quality specifications and are completed according to the established requirements.


Minimum Qualifications

·       Demonstrated experience and knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to the handling of Low Level Waste and hazardous material.

·       Demonstrated skill in understanding work hazards, safety practices, operating configurations, and lock-out/tag-out policies and procedures.

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

·       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 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.

·       The ability to obtain a Q-clearance and Human Reliability Program (HRP).

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

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

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

·       Demonstrated experience in proper use of personnel protective equipment including air purifying respirators.

·       Demonstrated success in providing good customer service.


Desired Qualifications

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

·       Working knowledge of Low Level Waste or other regulated waste packaging requirements. Successful experience with accounting/management systems such as WCATS.

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

·       Training/Certifications: Radworker, HAZWOPER, RCRA certification and the ability to obtain certification as a forklift operator. Site specific training at TA-55, RLWTF, RLUOB and/or CMR. Full qualification involves obtaining unescorted PF-4 access and Person-in-Charge qualification.

·       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.

·       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.


Education Required

·       Position requires a High School Diploma or equivalent and a minimum of 3 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.

·       Higher level qualification requires an Associate's Degree and 3 years of related experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience directly related to the occupation.


Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

·       May require extended work hours or occasional shift work.

·       Occasional travel may be required.

·       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 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.

Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, and nothing in this herein restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. As a condition of employment with L&A, you are expected to adhere to all customer site safety protocols and procedures including, but not limited to, all requirements relating to COVID safety such as social distancing, wearing of masks and mandatory vaccination.


L&A is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or status as a qualified individual with a disability or protected veteran.

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