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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Sen Rad Prot Technologist in Richland, Washington


Job Description:

Senior Radiation Protection Technologist

  • Provide contamination and radiation exposure control.

  • Perform or direct surveys where procedures have not been established or where unusual conditions are expected or when film and special detection equipment are used.

  • May direct and train others.

Bargaining Unit:

  • Weekly Pay: $1966.18

  • This is a bargaining unit position and will be under the Battelle/HAMTC Collective Bargaining Agreement. As a condition of employment, unless otherwise exempted, the staff member will be required to join the appropriate union affiliated with the Hanford Metal Trades Council (HAMTC) after 30 days of continuous service and pay union dues or pay agency fees to such union in lieu of joining.


Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor: The responsibilites, duties and accountabilities specifically assigned to the Senior Radiation Protection Technologist include:

  • Performing routine radiological surveillances in lab spaces

  • Performing radiological surveys in support of work with radioactive materials

  • Providing contamination and radiation exposure control

  • Performing air sampling in accordance with laboratory procedures

  • Responding to emergency situations

  • Working in accordance with standard procedures and Radiation Work Permits

  • Performing monitoring, surveying, and sampling in lab spaces as well as outdoor environments

  • Performing direct surveys where procedures have not been established or where unusual conditions are expected or when special detection equipment is used.

  • Must successfully complete the biennial written test and oral board to qualify as a Radiation Protection Technologist

  • This individual will mentor various disciplines of laboratory personnel working with radioactive materials.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three years of health physics or radiation protection related employment.

  • High School education or equivalent.

  • AS degree in Nuclear Technology or equivalent, or previous experience as a Navy Engineering Laboratory Technician (ELT), or equivalent previous experience as a Radiation Protection Technologist.

  • Fundamentals of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and science. Normally, high school mathematics through advanced algebra, and at least one semester of high school Physics and one semester of high school Chemistry.

  • Fundamentals of nuclear process systems, operations, and maintenance.

  • Reading and comprehensive level sufficient to follow procedures, prepare survey maps, and write survey reports.

  • Ability to work in a support role, including communicating verbal instructions to others.

  • Physical requirements: Must be medically qualified, or be capable of qualifying, to wear approved respiratory protective equipment (air purifying respirator, airline respirator, etc.) Must be able to bend, kneel, and climb a ladder.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Educational requirements, certifications/licensures, subject matter expertise, and experience that exceed the Performance Level Indicators:

  • Five or more years of health physics or radiation protection related employment.

  • Certification by the National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists is highly desirable.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Familiarity with standard office suite and radiation protection-related software applications.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment: Complexities related to the position, working environment, special challenges, etc.

  • Will work in laboratory spaces used for research with various chemicals as well as radiological materials. This position requires the use of protective equipment during routine work as well as worked planned for special circumstances.

  • Occasional hands-on work with radioactive material, work in radiation fields, and involvement in radiological emergency response organization is required.

  • Working near or with hazardous materials such as Asbestos, Beryllium, Magnetic Fields, or Radiation Zones.

  • Job assignments may involve working near hazardous materials such as nuclear, fissionable, and dangerous waste.

  • Position may be subjected to working around radiation, chemicals, asbestos, lasers, carcinogens, and other material in a laboratory environment.

  • This position is subject to shift work if the need arises.

Additional 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 positions are Testing Designated Positions, which means that the candidate selected is subject to pre-employment and random 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 months can be demonstrated.

Testing Designated Position

This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). The candidate selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing for illegal drugs, including marijuana, consistent with the Controlled Substances Act and the PNNL Workplace Substance Abuse Program.

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

Mandatory Requirements

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.

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Employees and their families are offered medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, health savings account, flexible spending accounts, basic life insurance, disability insurance, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, tuition assistance, supplemental parental bonding leave, surrogacy and adoption assistance, and fertility support. Employees are automatically enrolled in our company funded pension plan and may enroll in our 401k savings plan. Employees may accrue up to 120 vacation hours per year and may receive ten paid holidays per year.

  • Research Associates excluded.

**Once eligibility requirements are met.

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Minimum Salary

USD $49.15/Hr.

Maximum Salary

USD $49.15/Hr.