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Nuclear Security Officer II

Waynesboro, GA

NUCLEAR SECURITY OFFICER, Plant Vogtle (Waynesboro, GA)

If you want to make an impact, then we want YOU!

Want to use your skills to make a difference in your community every single day? Then join the Southern Nuclear team that’s improving the lives of our neighbors in Alabama and Georgia. We operate eight units for Alabama Power and Georgia Power that generate vital energy for our communities:

  • Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala.

  • Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Ga.

  • Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Ga.

Thanks to our people, we’ve earned our place as an energy leader. Take a look at this opportunity to see how people like you make a positive impact in the community.

This position has a target hiring timeline of Q3 2024. As an armed Nuclear Security Officer (NSO) at Plant Vogtle near Augusta, Georgia you will be part of a well-trained Security Organization charged with ensuring safety of personnel and nuclear reactor systems. The high security environment requires an elevated standard of mental and physical readiness in order to successfully deter and defeat the “Design Basis Threat (DBT).”

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Summary of Position Duties:

The Nuclear Security Officer (NSO) reports to the Shift Lieutenant and supports daily shift activities which maintain site physical security. The responsibilities of the NSO include the following activities:

  • Continuous focus on SAFETY

  • Main gate and protected area access control

  • Vehicle search and escort

  • Personnel screening and search

  • Protected area and vital area patrols

  • Armed tactical contingency response

  • Live-fire weapons training

  • Annual testing and re-qualification

  • Dependable VIGILANCE at all times, 24/7 Sentry-posts

Job Requirements:

Educational / Background / Experience Requirements:

  • High School diploma or GED is required

  • Two (2) years law enforcement, military, corrections facility, or armed security experience desired

Technical Requirements:

  • Current knowledge of security technology

  • Basic computer skills

  • Experience in dealing with regulations and procedures

Essential Physical / Mental Requirements:

  • Must meet and maintain Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requirements of physical fitness including normal weight, as evidenced by Southern Nuclear's current standard for acceptable Body Mass Index ratio/waist circumference. (See below for standard guideline; see the website address below for guidance in determining BMI). Body Mass Index < 32 (male) / <30 (female) -OR- Waist <42" (male) / <36" (female): Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Website: Calculate your BMI - Standard BMI Calculator (

  • Must be able to maintain Southern Nuclear's current standard for NSO physical fitness and work in an active and rigorous environment

  • Interpersonal skills / perform in team setting

  • Respirator qualifiable

  • Firearms skills

  • Physical requirements: see, hear, speak, stand, walk, run, climb, heavy lifting, push, pull, bend, stoop, squat

  • Physical strength & dexterity

  • Ability to work in temperature extremes

  • Problem solving skills

  • Organizational skills

  • Analytical skills

  • Ability to comprehend & implement detailed regulatory requirements

  • Oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to work in radiological controlled areas

  • Available to work callout (overtime)

  • Mentally and physically fit-for-duty

  • NRC Medical Qualified for Security Officers per 10 CFR 73 appendix B

Other Requirements:

  • Overtime should be expected; normal range is 10 to 20%

  • Must be at least 21 years of age

  • Successful completion of onsite physical abilities test

  • Selection process may require 3- 5 separate visits to the facility to complete all criteria

  • Successfully meeting background screening and NRC Fitness for Duty requirements

  • Successful candidate is required to serve on the Emergency Response organization AND live within one (1) hour of the SNC Emergency Operations Facility for emergency response availability

Behavioral Attributes:

  • Uphold Southern Company values: Safety First, Intentional Inclusion, Act with Integrity, Superior Performance

  • Prioritizes work of self and others to ensure schedules are met

  • Incorporates other employees into decision-making when feasible, acting in a lead role to ensure quality decisions are made

  • Considers financial implications of decisions and actions to ensure costs are controlled

  • Communicates well both in writing and orally

  • Holds self-accountable for superior results; respects the dignity of every individual; assumes personal responsibility for individual and corporate success

Southern Nuclear is a leader among the nation’s nuclear energy operators, running six – soon to be eight – units for Alabama Power and Georgia Power. For more than 40 years, the company has operated nuclear energy facilities at the highest levels of safety and reliability, creating carbon-free electricity for millions of homes and businesses.

SNC prioritizes the health and safety of the public and its employees above all else, operating its facilities safely, reliably and affordably for customers and communities while using innovative technologies and practices that enhance performance. This work is enabled by the continuous development, leadership and skills of a high-performing workforce.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Identification: 6190

Job Category: Security

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Nuclear


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