Security Police Officer – LANL

Career Area: Security Domestic
City: Los Alamos
State: New Mexico
Country: United States
Job Description

Centerra-Los Alamos, located in beautiful northern New Mexico, provides a professional, highly trained protective force that safely secures special nuclear material, people and other critical assets for the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Position Overview

The Security Police Officer I (SPO I) is an armed position that provides security protection for Special Nuclear Material (SNM) and components, classified matter, government property and facilities, utilizing specialized training in weapons and tactics in accordance with Department of Energy (DOE), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Centerra-Los Alamos (CLA) orders, policies and procedures.  The position works under general supervision to protect LANL security interests and property from theft, vandalism, illegal entry and other acts that adversely impact national security or the health and safety of the laboratory’s employees.  Additionally, the SPO I assesses and processes the perimeter intrusion detection alarm system and executes force options as appropriate.  The SPO provides armed responses and resolves security incidents, alarms and crises.



Salary: $18.38 per hour – increased to $35.42 after two years of employment



Required Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • At least 19 years of age and a US Citizen
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid, unrestricted New Mexico driver’s license
  • Must not have any convictions of a misdemeanor offense related to domestic violence
  • Must not have any felony convictions
  • Must not have a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) conviction within the last 5 years
  • Currently have, or be able to obtain and maintain, a DOE Q level security clearance. Please note – Illegal drug use within the previous 12 months of submission of security clearance application will hinder an applicant’s ability to complete the security clearance process.   This includes medical and recreational marijuana use.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain certification in the Human Reliability Program (HRP)
  • Meet and maintain the physical fitness certifications required under 10 CFR 1046 and DOE Order 473.2A


Desired Education and Experience (Considered a Plus):

  • Military, security or law enforcement experience

Additional Information


Recruitment and Assessment Steps:

Candidates are required to complete multiple recruitment and assessment steps to be considered for the Security Police Officer Position.  Failure at any step will result in dismissal from the recruitment process.  These steps include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Complete the online application. Include a resume
  2. Successfully pass the online Wonderlic Assessment, a test of general cognitive abilities.
  3. Participate in an onsite Recruitment Assessment event on October 13, 2022. An invitation with detailed instructions, along with any required forms, is emailed to eligible applicants prior to the event.  During the assessment event you must:

a.     Pass various physical fitness testing including:

  1. Advance Readiness Standards as specified in 10 CFR 1046
    1. One mile run in eight (8) minutes thirty (30) seconds or less
    2. Forty-yard (40) dash in eight (8) seconds or less starting from a prone position
  2. Additional Centerra-Los Alamos requirements
    1. Push-ups and sit-ups – maximum repetition in one minute for each

b.     Pass a firearms simulation assessment on your basic understanding (safety and control) and manipulation of weapon systems. This is a demonstrated assessment in a virtually simulated environment.

c.     Complete a question and answer panel interview with the hiring team


The hiring team will assess all scores related to the recruitment process to include the applicant’s qualifying physical fitness, firearms assessment and interview scores.  The top final scoring applicants are considered for a contingent job offer. 



All applicants are required to attend the onsite assessment on October 13, 2022.  This onsite event is conducted in Los Alamos, New Mexico at an altitude of approximately 7,400 feet.   Travel arrangements and costs are not organized or reimbursed by Centerra-Los Alamos and are the responsibility of the applicant.  Inability or failure to attend the required assessment date results in an automatic withdrawal of your application.   COVID-19 requirements will be followed.   Guidance and requirements are evolving and direction can change at any time.   Up-to-date requirements will be included in the Assessment event invitation.



Final Job Offer Requirements:

If you receive a contingent job offer you must complete additional steps prior to a final job offer with Centerra.  These steps include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Pass a comprehensive onsite physical exam, including drug and alcohol screens
  • Pass a pre-employment background check to include a consumer credit inquiry


External Applicants:

Apply at https://www.constellis.com/careers and Search by Title: Security Police Officer I


Internal Applicants:

Internal applicants are not required to submit a new employment application.  Please do not apply via this link.   Qualified, interested internal applicants MUST submit a resume and cover letter clearly describing how your experience meets the “Required Education and Experience” and the “Desired Education, Certifications and Experience” requirements.  Email your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 23, 2022.    Please contact Genaro Romero at [email protected] or 505-667-4686 if you have questions.



Position Close Date:  September 23, 2022 at 5:00 pm



Centerra – Los Alamos is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.