NA-84 Exercise Planner

Location:    NNSA, Albuquerque, NM

This position is for an Exercise Planner to assist in the planning, execution, and evaluation of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) internal and interagency nuclear incident response exercises. These actions primarily consist of working with a small team to plan the exercise while supporting the Exercise Director and the Evaluation Team with finalizing exercise evaluation guides, inputting controller observations into a database, and drafting/reviewing exercise after action reviews. 

The emergency response organization position will require support outside of normal office hours. Additionally, certification as an emergency response team member is required with frequent on-call duties. Will require domestic and infrequent international overnight travel.


  • Provide guidance, consultation, and facilitation for the Federal client and project team by planning, designing, executing, and evaluating exercises supported with exercise-related products.
  • Support the planning and design phases to NNSA asset, intra- and inter-agency, and national level nuclear incident response exercises by preparing and disseminating products such as the Exercise Plan (EXPLAN), Controller/Evaluator (C/E) Handbook, Master Scenario Events List (MSEL), player briefings, and After Action Reports/Corrective Action Plans (AAR/CAP) in the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) format.
  • Develops, coordinates, and assists in the implementation of annual exercise and training and staffing plans.
  • Develops, schedules, and assists in the execution of all levels of training and administration of exercises.
  • Provides operational and staff support to disaster preparedness requirements and program responsibilities of Nuclear Emergency Support Team (NEST) Render Safe program managers (i.e. Joint Technical Operations Team, Accident Response Group, and Render Safe Stabilization Operations).
  • All other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (desired fields include Emergency Management, First Responder, Antiterrorism, Security fields, or equivalent).
  • 3–5+ years of experience in related Emergency Management, First Responder, Antiterrorism, or Emergency Preparedness fields, with a desire to have prior experience in planning, designing, executing, and evaluating exercises.
  • Completion of the following Incident Command Courses: IS100A, IS120A, IS130, IS200A, IS700, IS800B, IS300, and IS400.
  • Demonstrated experience with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • Demonstrated writing and editing skills in the creation of documents and procedures. 
  • Willingness to work directly with clients in an environment that changes rapidly; must possess a mature approach to the personal interactions with others. 
  • Skilled in articulating complex issues at a level easily understood, in both oral and written form. 
  • Must be an independent self-starter with excellent organizational skills, an ability to multi-task, and comfortable working with a team of technical experts in varying fields of security and emergency operations disciplines. 
  • Extensive experience with the Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint including advanced word processing using Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook. 
  • Able to sit for extended periods and perform work in an office environment, including extensive use of computers, under sometimes stressful conditions.
  • Able to work after hours, extended shifts, and on weekends when required during emergency responses and exercises.
  • Travel may be required. Travel will be best cost to the government and only economy airfare and economy class rental cars will be allowed.
  • Able to lift 50 pounds, carry your own luggage, and walk up to a quarter of a mile to work locations.  
  • Candidate must have a valid Top-Secret Special Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearance. DOE site access requires the qualified candidate be a U.S. citizen, have a valid Top-Secret security clearance, and obtain a DOE “Q” security clearance within 30 days of employment. The candidate’s written consent to conduct a background check for the purposes of obtaining a security clearance will be required as a condition of employment. 
  • Certain positions requiring a security clearance may require the periodic successful completion of a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination. 
  • Must qualify as a Derivative Classifier (DC) in both the general category and within the subject areas of Radiological Emergency Response (RER), Improvises Nuclear Devices (IND), and Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDD) within twelve months of employment.
  • Ongoing reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal substances will be conducted as a requirement for ongoing access to DOE sites. The candidate’s written consent to conduct such tests will be required as a condition of employment.

Desired or Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3 years of experience planning and/or participating in interagency exercises at the Federal or State level.
  • 3 years of experience participating in WMD exercises related to nuclear device response.

Please e-mail your résumé to:

Equal Opportunity Employer/AA/M/F/Vet/Disabled (Compliant with the new VEVRAA and Section 503 rules.)