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Explosive Safety Professional - Early Career to Associate

Entry Level | Full-time
Environmental, Safety & Health | livermore, CA | 03/10/2022

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

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 essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have an opening for an Early Career or Associate Explosive Safety Professional within the Environment, Safety & Health (ES&H) Directorate to provide explosives safety support to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) programs and operations requiring a broad application of explosives practices and safety procedures. You will interact with many levels of technical and scientific personnel and management from the ES&H Directorate, LLNL programs, and external regulatory agencies.

This 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.

In this role you will 

  • Provide proficient explosive safety support to LLNL programs and operations in specific areas of assignment.
  • Review technical reports and evaluate new health and safety (H&S) standards, procedures, drawings, and diagrams for conformance to DOE standards and other applicable requirements.
  • Participate in safety inspections of explosives activities and evaluate hazards for compliance with Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Transportation (DOT) and LLNL codes and standards.
  • Conduct safety inspections of buildings, facilities, equipment, and apparatus related to explosives operations to identify safety-related deficiencies. Develop solutions and furnish program personnel and management with recommendations to rectify issues.
  • Review results of H&S compliance audits and inspections with management, provide recommendations for correction (and prevention of recurrence) of non-compliance findings, and identify necessary follow-up measures to ensure future compliance.
  • Participate in a team of laboratory scientists, engineers, and other programmatic personnel in developing solutions to an assortment of issues/problems of limited complexity regarding safety-related problems and provide technical explosives safety support.
  • Contribute to the investigation of explosives accidents/incidents for possible causes, prepare necessary documentation and recommend appropriate measures to eliminate or mitigate reoccurrence, and provide emergency response support to safety incidents on-site.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the TSS.2 level

  • Provide comprehensive explosives safety support to LLNL programs and operations in specific areas of assignment; develop and present safety courses in explosives safety or related topics.
  • Perform independent technical or operational tasks and projects and/or support research efforts by advising Laboratory scientists, engineers, and other programmatic personnel in developing solutions to complex safety-related problems.
  • Provide guidance and/or informal mentoring to less experienced H&S personnel in explosives safety.


  • Ability to maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific, technical or health and safety related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Fundamental knowledge and experience in explosives operations and/or explosives safety related state and federal regulations and other consensus standards.
  • Experience preparing safety plans and technical reports (e.g., Facility Safety Plans, Safety Analysis Report (SAR), Discipline Action Plans etc.) conducting safety audits and inspections, clearly documenting findings and corrective actions.
  • Ability to follow standard practices to evaluate, interpret, negotiate, and implement actions/solutions for moderately complex problems.
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and to present and communicate technical information to management.
  • Effective organizational skills and detail orientation necessary to handle multiple tasks in a demanding environment with conflicting priorities, tight and changing deadlines, and frequent interruptions while providing high-level customer service and good follow through.
  • Ability to independently contribute in a team environment with a broad cross-section of people and organizations, managing projects, and meeting schedules.

Additional qualifications at the TSS.2 level

  • Comprehensive knowledge and significant experience in explosives operations and/or explosives safety with knowledge of related state and federal regulations and other consensus standards.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and to present and communicate complex technical information to all levels of management.
  • Comprehensive analytical, decision-making and problem-solving skills to evaluate, interpret, negotiate, recommend and implement actions/solutions for complex health and safety problems.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Master’s degree in scientific, technical, or Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, or other health and safety related field.
  • Experience with inspection, maintenance, manufacturing and storage of explosives/weapons systems as well as knowledge of DOE Explosive Standard 1212 and orders.
  • Experience providing emergency response and/or participation in the investigation of incidents or accidents involving hazards relating to industrial safety.

Additional Information

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

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2022 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

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.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. 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, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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