Emergency Services Specialist (4618)

Other Socorro, New Mexico


Position Description:


Position Summary

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is pleased to announce an opportunity for an Emergency Services Specialist. The Specialist will be part of the Environment, Safety and Security Team. The position will be located at the Very Large Array, 50 miles west of Socorro, NM. Under general direction, the Emergency Services Specialist plans, directs, leads, and reviews the functions and activities of emergency services teams comprised of volunteers from various divisions.  Emergency services teams include Fire Brigade, Emergency Medical Services, and Rope Rescue.  The Specialist is responsible for planning and directing response/crisis management activities, providing preparedness training, and preparing emergency plans and procedures, including security situations.  Work is performed under general supervision of the Environment, Safety & Security Manager and works in conjunction with site Safety Officer(s).  The Emergency Services Specialist will begin on or after October 1, 2021.  This position is designated a Safety Sensitive position.


Socorro is a small, historical town in the Rio Grande Valley, 75 miles south of Albuquerque.  In addition to competitive pay, NRAO provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment. NRAO’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Job Duties Summary

The following is a summary of the primary activities, but includes related duties as required.  Primary expectations, outlined in the following, include Training, Emergency Response Team development, Interaction and Emergency Procedures:


  • Using ES&S software systems, map out Emergency Services training plans and schedules to ensure compliance with various local/federal training regulations.
  • Design, develop, deliver or coordinate delivery of training programs (outsourced or in-house), choosing appropriate training methods.
  • Assist in developing and managing site-wide emergency drills, trainings, and the team proficiency program.
  • Participate in developing and implementing emergency services related site-wide education and outreach programs to include website and social media content.
  • Support development of Observatory-wide Emergency Action Plans.

 Emergency Service Teams:

  • Ensure Fire Brigade, Emergency Medical Services, and Rope Rescue teams are adequately staffed, trained, and meet all program, policy and regulatory standards. 
  • Coordinate disaster response or crisis management activities within and across teams.
  • Ensure emergency services supplies and equipment are maintained and current.
  • Maintain Medical Review Officer contract(s) in support of EMS efforts.


  • As directed, develop and maintain liaisons with municipalities, county departments, and similar entities to facilitate plan development, response effort coordination, and exchanges of personnel and equipment.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with diverse internal stakeholders to develop effective emergency plans and procedures, to include business continuity plans.
  • Work in a matrix role in support of site efforts.

 Emergency Procedures:

  • Keep informed of activities or changes that could affect the likelihood of an emergency, as well as those that could affect response efforts and details of plan implementation. 
  • Prepare emergency status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments. 
  • Prepare plans that outline operating procedures to be used in response to disasters or emergencies, and in recovery from these events. 
  • Assist in the preparation and administration of the assigned Emergency Services budget, including submission of budget requests/recommendations, and monitor expenditures.
  • Proactive compliance with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures in own work area is expected.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Work Environment

Indoor and outdoor work is required, at high altitudes (6,970 feet) and heights of up to 100 feet. Limited travel may be required. Will be expected to perform light to moderate lifting and carrying (up to 50 pounds); requires standing, walking or sitting for prolonged periods of time. The Emergency Services Specialist may be exposed to seasonal high and low temperatures and adverse weather conditions to perform the functions of the job.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

Associates degree or equivalent combination or training or experience.


Preferred Education

Bachelor's degree in a related field such as fire sciences, or resources management. 


Minimum Experience

Minimum of 10 years of administrative, technical and operational experience in an emergency services field, which includes any combination of experience in the following areas:

  • Certified Firefighter Instructor with ability to obtain re-certification
  • licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) intermediate or paramedic level with on an ambulance with ability to obtain re-certification
  • Incident Command management and demonstrated ability to train in Incident Command
  • Skilled in the use and care of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
  • High Angle Rescue


It is expected that the selected candidate will be an active member of the site Emergency Services Teams.


Competency Summary

  • Must be willing and have the ability to wear an SCBA;
  • Must understand and be able to apply applicable NFPA Standards;
  • Must be a self-starter, innovative, and work independently to complete projects;
  • Ability to engage and motivate volunteer teams;
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems and think creatively about solutions;
  • Must have strong communication and written skills;
  • Must be organized and manage time effectively;
  • Ability to foster a culture of preparedness and safety orientation through prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery;
  • Must be a team player and have the ability to work in a strong team environment;
  • Ability to use office equipment and personal computer and email;
  • Licensed and able to operate Emergency Services motorized vehicles;
  • Ability to pass annual medical exams appropriate for the Emergency Services functions.


Additional Requirement

Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by September 1, 2021 to be considered for U.S.-based vacancies.


Safety Sensitive

The selected candidate must successfully pass a post-offer, pre-employment/pre-placement drug screen.  Failure to pass the Screen will disqualify the candidate from employment consideration for a period of six months from the date of the results.


Application Instructions:


Click the “Apply” button below.  You will need to be prepared to upload your current CV/Resume and a letter of application describing interest and suitability for the position.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:


AUI is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.  To view our complete statement, please visit http://jobs.jobvite.com/nrao/jobs.  If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to [email protected].


The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.