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Protective Force Instructor/Trainer Lieutenant - Onsite

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693482

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Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Salary Range:

$70,200 - $116,000

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Do you have a Security/Training background and want to use your leadership skills to join our Protective Force team at Sandia? If so, you could be the next Protective Force Instructor/Trainer Lieutenant for Center 09237, whom we are seeking to join our team!

The selected candidate will be an experienced, proactive, highly certified individual who can Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement and Evaluate day to day training activities for the Protective Force (Pro Force). This position will also support Shift Operations as required.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Work independently on multiple projects with little direction while keeping management aware of outcomes.

  • Lead/Train both represented and non-represented Pro Force personnel.

  • Implement operational procedures in accordance with DOE/NNSA orders, directives, and operational needs.

  • Effectively collaborate with a multitude of customers and all levels of management to include DOE, NNSA, and SFO.

  • Conduct training at all levels of the Organization, maintain physical fitness requirements to be armed and man postings based on the need of the organization.

The selected candidate must be willing to work off-hours, weekends, holidays and in harsh or inclement weather conditions.Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline, plus five (5) years of relevant experience; or equivalent combination of relevant education and relevant experience.

  • Leadership experience, such as Protective Force Operations/ law enforcement.

  • Must have an active DOE Q-level security clearance (or equivalent, such as SCI or DOD Top Secret) to start.

  • Must possess the following Certifications:

  • DOE/NNSA Firearms Instructor Certification

  • DOE/NNSA Basic Instructor Trainer Certification

  • DOE/NNSA Intermediate Force Instructor Certification

  • Applicants must be 21 years of age, be a US Citizen, and have a current driver's license and have ability to operate vehicles required to perform essential duties and responsibilities.

  • Ability to pass Tactical Response Force I Training (TRF100); 6-7 weeks training.

  • Ability to pass and maintain medical physical and psychological requirements established for SPO I designation under Code of Federal Regulations, Title 10, Chapter X, Part 1046 – Medical, Physical Readiness, Training and Access Authorization Standards for Protective Force Personnel (10 CFR 1046.11, .12, .13) (

  • After job offer acceptance, the applicant will undergo comprehensive medical evaluation per 10 C.F.R 1046.12 and .13, to determine their ability to meet qualification standards, which include, but are not limited to: sense of smell, speech, hearing, vision, cardiorespiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neurological, mental and emotional.

  • Ability to pass and maintain fitness and firearm requirements and all applicable trainings and assessments identified in DOE Orders and 10 CFR 1046 and 1047 (

  • Must be able to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), with capability of wearing equipment weighing in excess of 17 lbs, for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to work at night, have near and far acuity, color vision, depth perception, and field of vision in accordance with 10 CFR 1046 standards.

  • Ability to work in high-risk environment; possess knowledge, skills and ability to perform effectively under stress when confronted with emergency, critical, unusual, or dangerous situations, or in situations in which immediate responsiveness and sustained attention are significant aspects of the job.

  • The current work schedule is based on twelve (12) hour shifts

  • Physical Requirements

  • The applicant must be able to perform a variety of duties and physical demands, such as: stand, walk, sit, lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds, push, pull, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, handle, feel, talk, hear, taste, and smell, and have visual requirements including night vision, near acuity, far acuity, depth perception, color vision, accommodation and field of vision, in order to perform essential functions

  • Applicants must be able to run one (1) mile in 8 minutes and 30 seconds, run a 40-yard dash in 8.5 seconds.

  • Applicants must be able to meet and maintain fitness and firearm requirements as well as the ability to maintain all required certifications, licenses, and qualifications

  • DOE regulations are the basic authority for the establishment of firearms, medical, and physical fitness standards for security personnel. Protective Force personnel shall participate in a mandatory DOE approved Physical Maintenance Training Program on a continuing basis

  • This position may be required to demonstrate their continued ability to meet physical fitness qualification standards during inspections, surveys, reviews, audits, or other situations directed by DOE line management.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Five (5) years of supervisory experience including conducting/training Special Operations activities such as SWAT, SRT, or Military operations.

  • Sandia National Laboratories Pro-Force Supervisory experience.

  • Knowledge of DOE/NNSA orders and requirements; detailed knowledge of DOE/NNSA Protective Force Operations to include individual and team tactical response.

  • Ability to obtain all DOE NTC certifications related to Pro Force Training, FIC.

  • Basic working knowledge of ES&H safety requirements.

  • Strong leadership experience including writing, communications, facilitation, critical thinking and organizational skills.

  • Self-motivated, exercise initiative with minimal direction and or supervision, while working in a team-oriented environment.

  • Familiarity with the following S&S fields: Protective Force Operations, Physical Security, Technical Security, Vulnerability Assessment, Performance Assurance.

  • Experience in project management with a demonstrated ability to successfully manage and complete multiple ongoing programs and projects.

  • Expertise in development and implementation of operating policies, processes, and procedures.

  • Ability to work with sensitive and or classified information.

About Our Team:

The Safeguards and Security Protective Force Department at Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (SNL/NM) is responsible for the Protection of resources, including Special Nuclear Material (SNM), Classified Matter, personnel, locks, keys and combination control.The Protective Force department is also responsible for emergency response assistance and basic law enforcement activities at SNL/NM.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

  • Extraordinary co-workers

  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another U.S. government agency (e.g., DOD). Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Essential Functions:

If offered the position, you may be required to demonstrate your fitness to perform certain physical aspects of the position, including lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling.

Job ID: 693482

Job Family: SY

Regular/Temporary Position: R

Full/Part-Time Status: F

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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