Emergency Preparedness Specialist

Emergency Preparedness Specialists provide the safety oversight necessary to ensure that nuclear facilities operate within legal and regulatory guidelines. They develop policy, guidance, and licensing reviews for all emergency preparedness for the agency as a whole. Their analysis and appraisal of nuclear power reactor facilities’ emergency preparedness plans is critical to the safe operation of NRC-licensed facilities and has a direct impact on public safety.
  • Emergency Preparedness Specialists discover and assess safety issues and contribute directly to successful technical operating procedures and probabilistic risk assessment solutions.
  • Final safety analysis reports and emergency radiological assessment plans for new and existing NRC-licensed facilities developed by Emergency Preparedness Specialists are key contributors to the overall nuclear emergency preparedness evaluations of facilities.
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Quote from current or former employee in this position:

“I love my job. You get to do a little bit of everything.
I’ve learned a lot. And it’s an opportunity to be a part
of the core mission. There is no way we get bored.
There are so many aspects of Emergency
Preparedness. It’s fun. We ensure public safety. It’s a very
important role. It is a good career stepping stone”.

  • ​​Foremost, Emergency Preparedness Specialists are analysts and advisors.
  • They are detail-oriented and have knowledge of the significance of their role in the emergency preparedness nature of the commercial nuclear landscape.
  • Their analysis skill and their ability to reasonably evaluate and resolve issues contribute to sound decision-making when safety concerns and problems occur.
  • They are superb questioners, wonderful listeners and excellent communicators, able to explain complex technical situations both orally and in detailed written reports.
  • They are team-players, often being part of joint trouble-shooting efforts involving other NRC staff, local government officials and private sector stakeholders.
  • Emergency Preparedness Specialists have the ability to stay focused and calm in adverse situations, often providing timely and accurate technical guidance and advice to senior-level agency management during stressful times.
  • Their knowledge base is broad and crosses multiple offices within the NRC organizational structure.
  • They are proactive seekers of information needed to support their recommendations.
  • They must be reasonable and must understand the value of research and total fact-finding to provide the guidance and direction necessary to resolve safety issues of the highest magnitude.
  • They are impartial evaluators of licenses’ efforts to plan and prepare for radiological emergency response situations.
  • Incumbents are critical thinkers and know the importance of options and alternative solutions when providing recommendations.
  • They are situationally aware with an ability to include in their final recommendations the viewpoints of multiple, diverse stakeholders involved in each emergency response effort.
Emergency Preparedness Specialists range in grade from GG- 13 - 14, depending upon the level of duties and responsibilities
  • ​​Supports the overall nuclear emergency preparedness efforts of new and existing NRC-licensed facilities by performing regulatory and technical reviews of safety reports and radiological emergency plans
  • Participates in inspections as part of the assessment and appraisal process associated with the emergency preparedness programs of nuclear facilities
  • Makes recommendations to resolve problems associated with safety issues impacting emergency preparedness plans and programs of NRC-licensed facilities
  • Guides decision makers who are required to react to licensees’ radiological emergency response efforts
  • Advises agency management
  • Performs regulatory and technical reviews of safety and radiological emergency plans
  • Analyzes facts, draws conclusions, presents alternatives
  • Prepares studies and reports
  • Presents problem-solving options
  • Participates in nuclear facility safety and emergency preparedness matters
  • Coordinates input and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders
  • Conducts special studies related to developing rules and regulations pertinent to the emergency preparedness efforts of the agency
  • Makes presentations, such as emergency preparedness testimony at licensing hearings
  • ​Headquarters—Offices/Divisions, Rockville, MD
  • Regions—King of Prussia, PA; Atlanta, GA; Lisle, IL; Arlington, TX
  • ​Diplomacy and the ability to collaborate with outside agencies
  • Project management skills are a vital ingredient to successful job performance
  • Planning ability
  • Research ability
  • Analytical and evaluative abilities of safety-related technical issues and data
  • Organizational ability
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to self-manage
  • Ability to resolve issues in a fair and impartial manner
  • Exceptional written communication and formal presentation skills
  • Interpersonal skill at all levels
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of radiological accident technology and probabilistic risk-assessment procedures
  • Knowledge of plant operations
  • Knowledge of NRC-licensed facilities environmental characteristics
  • Knowledge of agency policies, rules and regulations relative to emergency preparedness and safety, especially in terms of the licensing of facilities
  • Effective listening ability
Candidates for Emergency Preparedness Specialist opportunities can be found in the following types of NRC jobs:
  • Risk Assessment Analyst
  • Program Analyst
  • Management Analyst
  • Engineer
  • Physical Scientist
View Current NRC Vacancies and explore the possibilities!