Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Field Technician

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Technicians/IT
Organization:  Nuclear Operations
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 105469
Job Code: Technologist - C/MS (504.2) / Sr Technologist - C/MS (504.3)
Date Posted: June 11 2019

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2019 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have multiple openings for  Field Technicians to provide technical support and customer services in the management of hazardous and radioactive waste.  Under general supervision you will perform a variety of technical functions in collecting, packaging, labeling, identifying, documenting, segregating, consolidating, treating and storing hazardous, non-hazardous and radioactive waste generated by various LLNL programs. This position is in the Radioactive and Hazardous Waste Management Program (RHWM) and part of the Waste Generator Services Group.

This position will be filled at either the 504.2 or 504.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Perform a wide variety of waste management activities, often wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as anti-C’s, respirator, hearing protection, etc., to collect, package, label, identify, segregate, consolidate, treat, store and verify hazardous, non-hazardous, low level radioactive and/or transuranic waste.
- Operate wastewater retention tanks and/or systems, perform pump-outs, perform lab packing of waste chemicals and maintain detailed and accurate records.
- Perform testing (pH, visual etc.) and sampling of waste to verify characterization and/or treatment results and operate radiation survey instruments to obtain radiological data.
- Operate a variety of vehicles up to and including 5-ton trucks, use material handling equipment (fork trucks, drum handling equipment, mechanical pump systems, etc.), and use hand and power tools.
- Respond to environmental emergencies at LLNL, and work with cross-organizational personnel performing decontamination of facility infrastructure and equipment.
- Gather, analyze, identify problems and record basic pertinent data and information on radioactive and hazardous waste through interactions with personnel from RHWM, Chemistry, Environment, Safety, and Health, and laboratory programs to properly characterize and manage the waste.
- Complete and maintain training requirements per Federal, State, and LLNL requirements.
- Provide customer service to LLNL waste generators as the front-line interface between RHWM and waste generators.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
In Addition, at the 504.3 Level
- Solve moderately complex radioactive and hazardous waste management problems using established guidelines and routine techniques and procedures.
- Plan and execute small waste management projects including directing the activities of other technicians.
- Conduct On-the-Job-Training and provide mentoring and leadership for less experienced technicians.

- Associate degree in environmental or related scientific field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Basic knowledge of State and Federal regulations as they apply to hazardous and radioactive waste management, with emphasis on managing waste in satellite accumulation areas (SAAs) and 90-day waste accumulation areas (WAAs).
- Basic knowledge of field instrumentation, such as radiation survey instruments, pH meters, etc., with an emphasis on their application to radioactive and hazardous waste processes.
- Elementary understanding of the chemistry principles, including compatibility, essential to the safe management of highly toxic and reactive substances within the context of radioactive and hazardous waste operations.
- Ability to meet medical qualification to wear respiratory protection equipment, climb ladders and meet other physical requirements specified in the job demands worksheet and to successfully complete all Federal, State, LLNL and Department of Transportation (DOT) training requirements.
- Experience working with and transporting radiological and hazardous materials, possessing strong contamination control practices.
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and within a team.
- Strong organizational skills with the ability to generate and maintain high-quality, accurate records and correspondence using PC and/or Apple workstations and associated applications.
In Addition at the 504.3 Level
- Working knowledge of radioactive and hazardous waste management practices to solve moderately complex problems using established guidelines and routine techniques and procedures.
- Working knowledge of State and Federal regulations (RCRA, DOE, DOT) applicable to waste management, with demonstrated experience in their application.
- Extensive experience generating Waste Disposal Requisitions and navigating RHWM waste management databases.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is an At Will appointment. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position. If final candidate is a Career Indefinite employee, Career Indefinite status may be maintained [should funding allow].

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.