National Nuclear Security Administration

The Nuclear Security Enterprise is hiring!

February 7, 2019

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What’s really cool is you could come to work for us in Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, and if you have the right skillset, you could just as easily work for the Naval Reactors team or the Defense Programs team as well.

Frank Lowery
NNSA Associate Administrator for Management and Budget

Hundreds of hopefuls braved frigid temperatures last Thursday for their chance to join the Nuclear Security Enterprise at the first-ever NNSA-wide job fair in Arlington, Virginia. An estimated 1,700 candidates attended the event.

This ambitious one-day hiring event featured representatives from each of NNSA’s mission spaces and every one of its labs, plants, and sites – all looking to fill both federal and contractor positions in a variety of career fields across the country. Fifty especially qualified candidates left with tentative job offers in hand that same day. Though pre-registration was available online, walk-in applicants were also welcome.

“What’s really cool is you could come to work for us in Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, and if you have the right skillset, you could just as easily work for the Naval Reactors team or the Defense Programs team as well. Many of the skills that we look for are common amongst those different elements of the National Nuclear Security Administration,” said Associate Administrator for Management and Budget Frank Lowery, who was on hand to greet candidates and answer questions.

NNSA staff guided candidates to information booths, assessed suitability and fitness for duty, checked references and clearance status, conducted interviews, generated benefit packages, and even processed drug tests – culminating in “intent to hire” letters being issued on the spot to qualified candidates.

Working at NNSA means a competitive salary under an alternative pay system, rather than the General Schedule. Pay increases are performance-based, which provides faster pay progression for high performing employees consistent with the results-oriented performance culture within NNSA. Additionally, NNSA offers Federal benefits to include health insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, paid leave, flexible work schedules, and transportation subsidies. 

NNSA is actively recruiting the next generation of nuclear security professionals to build a robust and diverse workforce. Current career opportunities can be found online.