Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Deputy Physical Protection Specialist (Level 3) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308207

Directorate: National Security

Division: Operational Systems & Technology

Group: Security Systems Optimization

Job Description

PNNL’s National Security Directorate (NSD) is the steward of the Laboratory's assets to help "prevent and counter acts of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)." Experts in NSD directly support many of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) critical national security operations. We also provide support to DOE and other entities with critical missions affecting national security in the areas of safeguards and security, cyber security, emergency response, and counterintelligence to protect our nation’s critical assets and reduce global threats.

Within NSD, experts in the Security Systems Optimization (SSO) technical group understand that only through a comprehensive look at the entire security operations of the particular site can you ensure that the high-value asset, perhaps a nuclear source or stadium full of fans as examples, is fully protected. Our experts are of highest caliber in vulnerability assessment, tactical response, and understanding all components of physical protection, including the people component as a critical element of comprehensive security. Therefore, in addition to having sophisticated and coordinated security technologies implemented, an organization that has assets to be protected must train and trust every staff member to defend against threats within that comprehensive system of protection.

Job Description

We are seeking a Security Specialist to be responsible for carrying out tasks related to the support and development of safeguards and security programs. This includes efforts such as workforce analysis to identify the staffing and training needs to sustain safeguards and security; providing security subject matter and management expertise in policy development, identification of technology and training needs, and site support in all areas of security. This expertise includes program management, physical protection, information security, and protective force, in addition to strong experience in performance testing, analytical support, budget analysis, on-site inspections, and training.

The incumbent will support projects funded by DOE and NNSA as the physical protection specialist addressing security technologies and configurations of facilities housing radiological sources, such as universities, medical treatment centers, and commercial industry. Programmatic requirements, interactions and challenges unique to this position require working relationships with a variety of NNSA program staff, partner site management and employees, other DOE laboratories, and commercial contractors and vendors in security technologies and implementation. This position will require the incumbent to evaluate a broad spectrum of sites and facilities, of security interest and to evaluate the current level of security, the vulnerability of the site to theft of assets, and make recommendations concerning potential upgrades resulting in an acceptable level of threat to the US government or other end-user entities, as stipulated.

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

This position is accountable to the portfolio manager and the program manager for the Office of Radiological Security and the Technical Group Manager for the Security Systems Optimization Group. This full time position requires the incumbent to evaluate and design physical protection plans to address the posing threat to the theft of an asset. Required expertise includes evaluating site security configurations to develop enhancements necessary to ensure radioactive assets are being protected against theft or diversion. Also required is the ability to provide technical specifications for calls for bid and evaluate the work completed to ensure installations meet asset protection requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in a technical or related field plus 5 years of experience or advanced degree plus 3 years of experience.

• Knowledgeable in security as a primary discipline or subject area. In this intermediate level position you will augment theoretical knowledge with practical applications and working knowledge.

• Demonstrated organizational skills with ability to reprioritize work assignments and adjust schedules based on changing requirements.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability for writing concisely and clearly.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office specifically Word, Excel, Visio, and Outlook, with the ability to learn and use other specific applications.

• Demonstrated ability to work in a sensitive environment. This position requires interactions with senior federal staff and the high visibility of the program.

• Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment as well as the ability to work effectively and efficiently with limited oversight.

Preferred Qualifications

• Technical degree in the sciences or engineering, with electrical engineering, mechanical engineering.

• Experience in power utilities, security industry, or military security operations.

• Expertise in Information Security, Operations Security, and Technical Surveillance Countermeasures.

• Certified Protection Professional, or ability to obtain and maintain CPP credential. Also potentially to obtain Project Management Professional credential.

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

Other Information

• Frequent domestic and/or international travel is required (up to 40%), and if the incumbent is required to visit nuclear or radiological facilities, completion of ORS radiological training for offsite nuclear facilities will be required.

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.

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Safeguards and Security

Group: Security Systems Optimization

Opening Date: 2018-08-10

Closing Date: 2018-08-26