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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Security Protective Force Officer I (PFO I) in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Security Protective Force Officer I (PFO I)



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

A Protective Force Officer (PFO) is the most visible contributor within the NREL Community to detecting, deterring, and denying threats and hazards in support of a safe and supportive work environment. They respond to emergencies and incidents, and are an integral part of managing a variety of situations and seeing them through to recovery and reconstitution of normal operations. The PFO provides security and emergency preparedness protection services in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, Department of Energy (DOE) Orders, and contractual requirements.

There are three (3) PFO position categories:

  • PFO Shift Supervisor (shift leader)

  • PFO 2 (intermediate professional with additional knowledge, experience and responsibilities; performs Shift Lead duties, during Shift Supervisor’s absence)

  • PFO 1 (Entry Level)

No matter the position, PFOs conduct security and response operations by:

  • Patrolling NREL premises regularly to maintain order and establish a supportive presence

  • Monitoring and authorizing entrance of vehicles or people into NREL facilities

  • Deterring, detecting and denying unauthorized personnel access to NREL facilities

  • Ensuring facilities are secure (locks, doors, windows, controlled access areas, etc.)

  • Utilizing surveillance cameras and alarms to identify disruptions or unlawful acts

  • Investigating people and vehicles for suspicious activity or possessions

  • Responding to alarms and emergencies by investigating and assessing the situation, and providing appropriate support and solutions to each situation

  • Providing assistance to people in need

  • Detaining non-compliant, unauthorized individuals in accordance with authorities granted before arrival of outside law enforcement

  • Submitting reports of incidents, observations, shift reports, and daily activities

  • Performing as a member of a team for each of the three (3) shifts, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week

  • Interacting in a professional manner with the NREL Community, guests and visitors

  • Providing support and assistance to the NREL Community as well as to outside federal and state response agencies

This is a PFO 1 (Entry Level) Position for SHIFT 2 (8am-4pm).

  • Position eligible for overtime and training.

This position is located within the NREL Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness (OSEP) Operations Group. OSEP plans, prepares, and responds professionally and effectively to threats and hazards in support of a secure, safe and supportive work environment for the NREL Community. This supports NREL’s overall mission objectives to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing global energy and environmental challenges through innovation, transformative science and technology.

The Mission Essential Task List (METL) is a list of essential tasks required for OSEP’s protection and response services that are based upon fundamental protection objectives and site-specific protection plans to defend against a wide range of threats and hazards. METL is designed to establish unity of purpose and effort and to ensure operational efficiencies. OSEP has six mission essential tasks.

  • Mission Command and Sustainment

  • Detect

  • Deter

  • Deny

  • Respond

  • Reconstitute/Recover

Key tasks and areas of responsibility include:

  • Provide security and emergency preparedness protection services.

  • Perform functions related to security, emergency preparedness, and response on a day-to-day basis.

  • Minimize impact, promptly report, and respond to security and emergency incidentsin an efficient and professional manner.

  • Conduct vehicle and foot patrol activities to observe and report.

  • Interface routinely with staff, management, and visitors.

  • Monitor and enforce NREL policies and procedures and DOE Orders.

  • Report writing including daily activities, unusual occurrences, and incidents.

  • Operate CCTV electronic surveillance security system.

  • Follow Emergency Notification System (ENS) sheets to facilitate notification and internal/external response.

  • Maintain good working relationships with our customers (DOE) and stakeholders (NREL)

  • Additional duties, as assigned and required in support of overall mission objectives

Should an offer be made, employment is contingent upon:

  • Medical evaluation and certification, as well as behavioral health screen, in accordance with the requirements of 10 CFR Part 1046

  • Pre-employment (background investigation, which may include Social Security trace, Sex Offender, Federal & State Criminal, Motor Vehicle Record, Education Verification, and drug screen).

  • Ability to obtain a credential in accordance with the requirements of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, including an additional National Agency Checks with Indices background investigation and fingerprinting

  • Proof of a valid and current operators license for a motor vehicle


Basic Qualifications

High School Diploma or equivalent and 1 or more years of experience or equivalent related security education/experience. Or, related Associate’s Degree or certification program of comparable scope or equivalent related security education/experience.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or equivalent and 1 or more years of experience or equivalent related education/experience.

  • Or, related Associate’s Degree or certification program of comparable scope or equivalent related education/experience.

  • Intermediate skills in applicable software packages and office equipment

  • Basic project administration skills with the ability to prioritize work

  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent team and interpersonal skills preferred

  • Experience/knowledge of CCTV/electronic surveillance systems

  • Excellent judgment

  • Excellent problem solving skills

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Experience with Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, SharePoint, PowerPoint and Excel)

Preferred Qualifications

Considerable knowledge of the job. Substantial understanding of general aspects of the job with a broad understanding of the detailed aspects of the job.


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $35,500 - $56,800

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

* Based on eligibility rules

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

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