The NRC has been consistently ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government but we’ve also learned that a recent Government Business Council’s report has ranked us as one of the most millennial-friendly federal agencies.
You are probably wondering why are new college grads and others in their early 20s interested in coming to work for us? First off the NRC has a compelling mission that resonates with today’s youth. The essence of the mission is to protect people and the environment. What’s not to like?
In addition, the NRC is guided by a strong set of organizational values. These values – integrity, service, openness, commitment, cooperation, excellence and respect — guide every action we take from decisions on safety, security, and environmental issues to how we perform administrative tasks to how we interact with one another as well as our stakeholders.
At the NRC, we strive to create a work environment focused on personal and professional growth. NRC offers a host of benefits to our employees, which are also important to today’s graduates. These benefits include flexible work schedules, telework, and a variety of wellness programs. We encourage employees to maintain a healthy work/life balance so that they can have time to focus on family activities as well as outside interests.
We are proud of our excellent training programs that enable employees to develop and enhance their skills sets. The NRC keeps careers exciting and encourages mobility by offering rotational opportunities in both our headquarters and regional locations. We also offer mentoring programs and support continuous education to help employees map out their career paths.
We are committed to hiring more new graduates to fill our entry level positions and encourage you to check our employment page!
Every year as part of its public outreach effort, the NRC holds a public meeting in the vicinity of each nuclear power plant. The meetings are designed to provide members of the local community with an opportunity to hear a report from the NRC on each plant’s safe operation and meet face-to-face with the people responsible for ensuring the safe operation of the nation’s 104 operating reactors.
Some meetings draw hundreds of participants while others are sparsely attended. Typically, the meetings for South Texas Project in Bay City, Texas, draw only a handful of members of the public. In NRC’s Region IV, we have been looking at alternatives to the traditional public meetings held in hotel conference rooms. We’ve been setting up information booths at community events and encouraging resident inspectors to meet with civic groups. As part of this effort, I decided to approach the Bay City Chamber of Commerce to see if I could speak at one of their lunch meetings.
At our request, the C of C agreed to open their Aug. 1 meeting to the general public. Flyers were mailed to the local community and we were told we drew a noticeably larger audience than usual. I provided the group with a brief synopsis of the inspections I had conducted during 2011 and described some of the duties that I, as the NRC’s Senior Resident Inspector, perform on a daily basis.
Despite living so close to a nuclear plant, most of the Bay City residents who came did not know much about the role the NRC plays in ensuring the safe operation of South Texas Project. Many expressed surprise when I described our role as an independent regulator of nuclear safety and told them we had unfettered access to the plant, to people and records. They also did not realize that we were assigned to the site, report to the facility virtually every day, are capable of responding 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are limited to a maximum assignment of seven years.
I answered a variety of questions related to how we perform inspections, how events from Fukushima have changed our actions, and how we assess the safety of each plant. All in all the meeting was quite successful and resulted in interacting with new members of the public that we had never reached before.
Senior Resident, South Texas Project Nuclear Plant