Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Technician

Washington D.C
Sep 02, 2021
Sep 16, 2021
Full Time
Marketing Statement:

The Homeland Security Intelligence and Inspection Bureau (HSIIB) is held within the Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD). MTPD has an opportunity for the role of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Technician to encompass identifying, testing, and maintaining equipment, hardware systems, software programs, and CBRN detection devices. The successful hire will be responsible for supporting efforts relating to chemical and biological hazards, and radiological systems, which impact WMATA.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering, Physical Science, Biotechnology, Health Physics or related field.
    • In lieu of Bachelor's degree, a high school diploma or GED and four (4) additional years of experience in CBRN prevention, suppression, investigation, or chemical sensor programming may be considered.

  • Four (4) years of experience in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear prevention, response, and investigation.

  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license issued from a US jurisdiction

  • N/A

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Mission Essential Designation:
  • In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.

Job Summary:

The Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Technician supports the Metro Transit Police Department's (MTPD) preparedness, planning, response and coordination efforts for incidents potentially involving chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) weapons/agents. The work is complex and unpredictable, it involves operating CBRN detection equipment in various CBRN environments. The Technician plans, coordinates and investigates situations identified by the Chemical/Biological Emergency Management Information System (CB-EMIS) and the PROTECT (Program for Response Options and Technology Enhancements against Chemical/Biological Terrorism), that impact Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operations, employees and customers. The employee also conducts emergency response training to WMATA personnel and local emergency response agencies. The Technician supports and operates in compliance with the overall priorities and policies of MTPD. The hours and work locations may vary depending on emergencies or other rail service reliability priorities.

  • Supports first responders in the planning and response to CBRN incidents at WMATA properties and in in vehicles, in accordance with applicable codes and principle standards.
  • Conducts and facilitates training programs for WMATA and local first responder personnel as well as CB-EMIS/PROTECT system training for local jurisdictions, to ensure that operations are conducted in a collaborative, systematic and safe manner.
  • Oversees and monitors CB-EMIS/PROTECT system preventive and corrective maintenance to ensure operational readiness and that malfunctions and repairs are promptly addressed. Advises staff on issues pertaining to the system and recommends improvements and enhancements.
  • Monitors supplies and equipment inventory for CBRN detection equipment to ensure continuity of operations.
  • Serves as the backup to the CBRN Coordinator in their absence.
  • Participates in the MTPD emergency on-call rotation assignments to promote the Authority's transit-supporting goals.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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