The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.
The Fire Protection Engineering Staff in NSA's Office of Occupational Health, Environmental, and Safety Services (OHESS) act in the role of Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for fire protection and life-safety. We are responsible for review and approval of new construction and modifications against Federal, Department of Defense, and local codes and standards. We perform inspections and witness acceptance testing to ensure facility compliance and that fire and life-safety systems work as intended and protect as required. Our experienced staff also consults during a project's conceptual phase to assess mission and personnel safety risks and apply engineering principles in order to balance protection methods and safeguard the Agency's personnel, mission, facilities, and resources against the threat of fire and related events.
As a Fire Protection Engineer at NSA, responsibilities may include:
- Review and approval of facilities and infrastructure design documents
- Application of Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC), NFPA/ICC codes and standards, and Agency standards to project efforts
- Application of expertise in fire alarm, mass notification, fire suppression systems, life safety power, and architectural fire safety systems
- Authoring Agency-specific standards language in support of fire safety strategies
- Evaluation of performance-based design
- Witness of acceptance testing and systems commissioning
- Construction-phase and pre-occupancy inspections
- Fire safety program development and management
- Fire risk assessment and the development of protection strategies
- Fire prevention audits, inspections
The ideal candidate demonstrates the following:
- Problem Solving
- Interpersonal Skills
- Customer Service
- Continual Learning
- Effective Communication
Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following is desired:
- Working knowledge of the DoD Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC), IBC, and NFPA codes/standards
- Experience in AHJ role or third-party review of engineering drawings and specifications
- Participation in the performance of final inspections and witness of acceptance testing of both active and passive fire protection systems
- Leading the development of fire safety programs or policies (such as those relating to fire prevention, occupancy permitting, workforce/public fire safety education, or fire investigation)
- The design of secure facilities including door locking interfaces, SCIF construction, and the life safety interfaces to those systems
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.
Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible).
How To Apply - External
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***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.
This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.
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The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.