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Job: CBRN Security and Nonproliferation Advisor

This is not your average HAZMAT team member.

This is a pretty specialized position with a national lab: CBRN Security and Nonproliferation Advisor 5.

I envision this for someone who has worked in Washington, D.C., at some federal agency and has the depth of experience to know much more than what the academic basics might be.

The advertisement has this language included in it: “This position requires familiarity with the principles and practice of international law with substantial applied experience developing, interpreting and implementing international agreements. Substantial experience working on U.S. government policy for and oversight of CBRN defense activities strongly preferred. Experience designing, administering, or advising internationally-facing U.S. federal programs is desired. Direct experience with foundational arms control and nonproliferation agreements, such as strategic arms control agreements and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, would be an advantage. Candidates should have an interest in supporting development of international recommendations and foreign technical assistance for implementation in national legislative and regulatory frameworks of good practices for CBRN materials security and nonproliferation. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate substantial experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities related to client management, project management, communication, and technical writing. The selected individual will be immediately involved in PNNL’s activities in these areas, providing technical support on a variety of tasks across a range of projects, subject matter, and activities.”

Not for your average Joe or Sally who has some HAZMAT experience.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.