Energy and Water Analyst (Project Hire)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Fort Belvoir, VA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311211

Directorate: Energy and Environment Directorate

Division: Electricity Infrastructure and Building

Group:Distributed Systems

Job Description

This is a Project Hire position for a 12-month term. The position requires working with the sponsor organization on-site in the Fort Belvoir, VA area

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s works to improve the security, stability, and resiliency of our nation’s energy infrastructure; increase transparency and flexibility; reduce inefficiencies; and improve the nation’s general quality of life. We tackle systems as small as heat pumps that can fit into the palm of your hand to as large as control and architectural paradigms spanning supply and demand of the U.S. electrical grid.

The Distributed Systems Group is seeking a technical professional experienced in energy and water management in Federal facilities. The Distributed Systems group at PNNL develops integrated systems to monitor, diagnose, and understand the operating state of the most complex engineered processes in the world. These processes range from electrical and thermal power generation, to transmission and distribution and to the end use consumption of energy in industrial and residential facilities. The Resilient Operations team within the Distributed Systems group works to enhance the energy and water resilience of federal agencies and other organizations through on-site and technical reach back assistance on resilience policy, site-level planning and assessments, identifying and programming solutions, and evaluating resilience performance based on existing and future mission activity requirements.

The successful candidate will have strong knowledge of building energy and water systems and experience recommending solutions to enhance energy and water security and build resilience. The ideal candidate will have a collaborative approach to problem-solving, a professional attitude, strong verbal and written communications skills, and ability to create and deliver briefings to senior leadership. The candidate will contribute to strategic planning, policy development, and other briefings. It is preferred the candidate has experience working with the Army, DoD or related federal agencies. The candidate would be a PNNL employee located offsite in the offices of one of PNNL’s federal agency sponsors at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level 3: Manages small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities. Bachelor's degree and 6+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 4+ years of relevant experience.

Level 4: Principal investigator or co-PI on multiple or significantly complex, and/or high-risk projects or tasks and/or involving multiple tasks, capabilities, and organizations. Develops, and realizes new significant project opportunities, leading the development of medium to small proposals and the technical sections of large proposals. Mentoring staff and peers across the directorate. Bachelor's degree and 8+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 6+ years of relevant experience.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 6+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 4+ years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 8+ years of relevant experience. Advanced degree and 6+ years of relevant experience.
  • Valid driver’s license and be able to travel domestically up to 25% of time.
  • Able to pass a background check to obtain a DoD Common Access Card (CAC) and must be able to obtain a DoD security clearance to work with U.S. military installations.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and ability to develop effective briefings and technical papers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with personnel in diverse job functions and levels of responsibility, including directors, technical advisors, and field personnel. Ability to work remotely with Army and Lab staff using on-line collaboration tools.
  • Experience working with military personnel and leadership.
  • Familiarity with analyzing utility data, conducting facility energy and water evaluations, and life-cycle cost analysis. Ability to provide oversight and tracking of projects across their life-cycle from conceptual design, through execution and closeout.
  • Experience in water conservation and energy efficiency, metering technology, data analysis and modeling, building energy simulations, sustainable design and operations, indoor environmental quality, or economics.
  • Direct experience with project planning and execution, preferably with Army, and in the areas of energy management, public works, or master planning.
  • Certification, training, or desire to obtain Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Project Management Professional (PMP), or similar certification.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.
  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).
  • Note : Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Distributed Systems

Opening Date: 2020-09-18

Closing Date: 2020-09-23