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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Masters RA - Worker Safety & Health Programs in Helena, Montana


At the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, we value human life above all else and strive to provide a workplace free of occupational injuries and illnesses. We value the environment and strive to protect it, the public and future generations from unacceptable risks resulting from its operations. PNNL fulfills these commitments through active identification, evaluation, prevention, and management of hazards and by striving to comply with the letter and spirit of all environmental, safety, and health laws and regulations. The Environment, Health and Safety business unit of PNNL contributes to operational success by providing efficient and effective systems, processes, tools and services that enable staff to conduct their work in a safe, compliant and environmentally sound manner. Our staff, research and operational processes work together to produce outstanding results for our customers.

This position will support the Worker Safety and Health program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). This position is responsible for technical support and expertise in areas of Industrial Hygiene and Safety to management, researchers, facility operations, and safety and health professionals.


Interns will have the opportunity to work on the following:

Conduct workplace exposure assessments, perform exposure monitoring of hazardous agents, and complete required documentation.

Use specialized equipment such as noise meters and particle instruments to respectively measure levels of noise and particulate matter in a work environment.

Perform beryllium surface sampling to maintain PNNL’s routine sampling program.

Evaluate chemical hygiene program and hazard categorizations.

Monitor for heat stress to include physiological and ambient.


Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have received a Master’s degree within the past 24 months or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred degrees include: Occupational Safety and Health, Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Management, and/or Physics

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not applicable

Additional Information

The incumbent must be able to qualify as a Radiological Worker and beryllium worker for entry into radiological and beryllium-controlled areas at PNNL. The incumbent may occasionally perform work in the vicinity of radiation fields and may be asked to consult with emergency response activities. The incumbent may also receive minimal exposure to workplace hazards, including toxic chemicals, noise, lasers, and magnetic fields. The incumbent will also work in laboratories, around maintenance and construction activities and may be exposed to various physical hazards such as moving machinery, cranes, ladders, scaffolds, etc.

Testing Designated Position

Not applicable

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.