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Program Director, Net-Zero Relevant Educational Qualifications Job

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Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking an accomplished and dynamic Program Director to lead a laboratory-wide effort to achieve net-zero carbon emissions for INL within the next 10 years.

Reporting directly to the INL Laboratory Director, the chosen leader will be at the forefront in enabling Net Zero to be a foundational, underlying principle for INL's operations, research, and community interactions. Net Zero will serve as a unifying demonstration for INL's clean energy mission by developing, demonstrating, and adopting the clean energy technologies needed to realize net-zero carbon emissions. Net Zero will demonstrate by example the path forward for transitioning to a clean energy economy.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Serve as the advocate for a net-zero culture, drive INL organizational goals and measures of success toward achieving and maintaining net-zero, and coordinate and lead teams of engaged employees.
  • Work collaboratively with senior leadership, management, staff, interns, sponsors, and other stakeholders to develop, coordinate, and promote a successful net-zero effort, reducing INL's impact on the environment.
  • Effectively leverage existing programs (e.g., facility and environmental management, research and development, leadership councils, and operational improvement initiatives) to educate the INL staff and local and regional communities about net-zero efforts.
  • Collaborate with and coordinate Net Zero with the efforts at other national laboratories, as well as local and regional efforts as part of expanded, larger-scale net-zero efforts.
  • Create a laboratory-wide net-zero strategy and operational plans and set goals for INL to achieve net-zero carbon emissions within the next ten years. Collaborate with and coordinate Net Zero with other national laboratories.
  • Work across organizations and laboratory science and technology initiatives (e.g., integrated energy systems) to demonstrate and deploy INL and/or other technology and integrated systems to meet net-zero outcomes.
  • Work closely with existing sustainability and environmental-related programs, as well as INL communications, to engage employees to develop net-zero solutions, coordinate net-zero teams, and to implement net-zero actions.
  • Provide support for motivated employees and help build ample opportunity for workshops and other employee-engagement mechanisms focused on net-zero action and outcomes.
  • Work with private companies and utilities to demonstrate net-zero technologies in application areas supporting institutional outcomes. Examples include, but are not limited to, INL coach fleet electrification, on-site electricity generation behind the meter, energy efficiency, and addressing our landfill emissions.
  • Develop and maintain INL leadership in regional and national net-zero actions. Champion net-zero in the local and regional energy and environmental ecosystems. Engage the surrounding communities, tribes, the state of Idaho, and the region to promote net-zero action through education and partnership with private companies, local policymakers, and community projects.


  • A bachelor's degree is required. A bachelor's degree in an environmentally related discipline, such as physical, biological, or health sciences; engineering; sustainability; or an appropriately related field is preferred. An advanced degree is also preferred.
  • Ability to identify and evaluate technologies that will enable INL's goal of net-zero carbon emissions within ten years.
  • Proven record of sustainability/environmental advocacy and/or clean energy leadership, with relevant work experience of at least ten years. Experience working directly on net-zero programs in industry or government is desirable.
  • Experience leading teams, programs, and/or projects to achieve outcomes.
  • Ability to influence and convene diverse programs and stakeholders to action.
  • Ability to collaborate with INL government affairs and communications teams to develop internal and external communications that reach and inspire varying audiences, stakeholders, cultures, and generations.
  • Positive mindset around the power of social action toward a net-zero laboratory and nation. Energy and enthusiasm to engage and interact with the next generation of researchers and staff. Excellent communication skills in public speaking, visualizing, and writing.
  • Broad understanding of clean energy and sustainability that includes environmental justice and equality, community engagement, and other indicators beyond natural resource stewardship. Familiarity with U.S. government goals with respect to a net-zero environment, economy, and energy system.

About Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (BEA)

BEA is a wholly owned company of Battelle, the world's largest independent not for profit scientific research and technology development organization. Battelle has managed and operated INL for the United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE) since 2005 in partnership with BWX Technologies, Inc.; Amentum; the Electric Power Research Institute; a consortium of national universities representing Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ohio State University, North Carolina State University, University of New Mexico, and Oregon State University; and a collaboration of Idaho public universities representing Boise State University, Idaho State University, and University of Idaho.

About Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

INL, located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, is the nation's lead national laboratory for nuclear energy research. As a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, INL is managed and operated for DOE by BEA. Today, over 5000 INL staff apply their talents to a $1Billion+ a year research enterprise dedicated to delivering multidisciplinary, multiprogram science and technology solutions that address global energy and security challenges.

As the U.S. leader for advanced nuclear energy research, development, and demonstration (RD&D), INL leverages an unmatched combination of nuclear energy test bed facilities to execute its mission to discover, demonstrate, and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other low-carbon energy options, and critical infrastructure. INL combines basic research, applied science and engineering, and a problem-solving approach to pursue its vision to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure. INL's vision for the low-carbon integrated energy systems of the future integrates baseload power from nuclear, geothermal, and other baseload sources with intermittent renewables, while also repurposing heat and electricity from existing reactors for direct use and to support industrial processes, such as hydrogen generation. To achieve this vision, INL will lead RD&D for the advanced reactor technologies and improved fuel cycle elements needed to sustain the existing fleet and expand deployment of nuclear energy. To further innovative nuclear energy solutions, INL leads the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC), authorized in 2018 by the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act. NRIC provides resources to test, demonstrate, and assess performance of new nuclear technologies, critical steps that must be completed before many are available commercially.

INL advances integrated low-carbon energy options by exploring solutions to challenges in energy technologies and improving the water and energy efficiency of industrial manufacturing processes. INL addresses materials challenges unique to nuclear and other energy systems, as well as aerospace, transportation, and defense systems, through work in advanced materials and manufacturing for extreme environments. To secure the critical cyber-physical infrastructure essential to energy and defense systems now and in the future, INL supports DOE, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the intelligence community by confronting significant national security challenges in critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, and nuclear nonproliferation.

INL embraces and values the diversity of each and every member of our workplace community. Our community members bring together a vast array of characteristics, experiences, and attributes that cumulatively support creative and novel science and engineering solutions. INL as a work-community, provide everyone equal access, inclusion, and opportunity to bring their authentic selves to work. While engaging in diversity of thought and in diversity of science and engineering, we strive together to achieve our mission to discover, demonstrate, and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other low-carbon energy options, and critical infrastructure. Idaho National Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.



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INL is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s complex of national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of the strategic goal areas of DOE: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development.
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Idaho National Laboratory’s mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, broader clean energy options and critical infrastructure. The Laboratory’s success depends upon our workforce being empowered, psychologically safe, inclusively diverse, valued and welcomed by everyone. We are dedicated to work each day to achieve these goals.