Crisis Response Operations Planner for Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST)

California, US
Mar 01, 2024
Posting live until
Apr 08, 2024

Company Description

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Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$118,290 - $151,932 Annually for the TSS.2 level

$142,050 - $182,388 Annually for the TSS.3 level

Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for an Operations Planner in the Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST) supporting N Program of the Global Security (GS) Directorate. You will provide full-time support to LLNL’s Crisis Response (CR) emergency preparedness activities. You will collaborate with scientists, engineers, and technical personnel both internal and external to LLNL; lead the development and coordination of associated training, drills, and exercises at a variety of on- and off-site locations. This position will programmatically support the Nuclear Emergency Support Team within N Program and will report administratively to the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate.

The position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

You will

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for scheduling and deconfliction of exercise and training activities supported by LLNL’s Crisis Response (CR) operations for Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST).
  • Plan, analyze, develop, and implement training plans and activities for CR domestic and international partners under the direction of the CR Program Leads.
  • Develop scenario plans, with input from the CR Program Leads and external partners, including those for large scale, multi-agency emergency response exercises.
  • Identify, develop, coordinate and conduct training for internal and external laboratory emergency responders at a variety of locations.
  • Develop and maintain an archive of CR training related course materials, in collaboration with LLNL subject matter experts.
  • Develop and implement related performance metrics and quality assurance processes relevant to CR training activities.
  • Lead efforts, under the guidance of the CR Program Leads, to ensure that safety, security, and classification-related aspects of readiness activities including training and related hardware are anticipated and addressed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the TSS.3 level

  • Work with complex technical and/or mission requirements that may not be well defined to translate into advanced project plans, including setting objectives independently, under minimal direction, and providing advice to management regarding issues of advanced complexity.
  • Review and work to obtain authorization for complex training activities at on-site and off-site facilities including performing confirmation of controls for laboratory or facility work and review of assessment and acceptance risk.
  • Provide technical leadership and oversight to CR training activities for deployable Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST) teams.
  • Work closely with leadership to develop, articulate, coordinate, and expand training activities with existing operations at LLNL facilities and at partner facilities.
  • Serve as an LLNL Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST) representative to internal and external stakeholders as the principal contact as required.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physical Sciences, related field or the equivalent combination of education and significant professional experience.
  • Experience in developing, organizing, and leading theoretical and practical classroom experience and hands on and field training.
  • Experience in safety awareness and implementation relevant to hands on classroom experience and field trainings including awareness of industrial, explosive, and radiation hazards.
  • Experience as a responder supporting emergency preparedness and response.
  • Experience developing creative solutions to moderately complex to complex problems.
  • Ability to deliver a high quality, polished product in a timely manner, as part of a team or as an independent contributor.
  • Ability to interact effectively in an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, technicians, and program managers.

Additional qualifications at the TSS.3 level

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a qualified responder Personnel Qualifications Standards (PQS) certification in one of the scientific or engineering skillsets. Significant experience planning and tracking budgets including knowledge of financial systems.
  • Advanced communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills necessary to present, explain, train, and advise peers, management, and/or external partners.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Direct experience with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) nuclear emergency preparedness and response capabilities.
  • Direct experience with partners to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) nuclear emergency preparedness and response capabilities.
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams in identifying mission essential tasks and developing training content designed to maintain proficiency in essential areas.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must 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.

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