FAQ

FAQ 2018-07-26T20:36:33+00:00

Updated 7/26/18

WHO IS N3B?

N3B was awarded the legacy cleanup contract at Los Alamos by the DOE. N3B is a new company created by two long-standing DOE-EM contractors with decades of mission-completion records:  Stoller Newport News Nuclear (SN3) and BWXT Technical Services Group (BWXT). SN3 and BWXT are joined in the contract with two critical subcontractors, Tech 2 Solutions (T2S) and Longenecker & Associates (L&A).

You can read more about N3B on our Executive Summary

WHAT IS THE WORK N3B WILL BE DOING?

You can read about the scope of work here.

WHAT TYPES OF JOBS ARE YOU HIRING FOR?

N3B will need a wide variety of jobs to execute the contract successfully. We will staff the entire company as a stand-alone enterprise, from the business services to the cleanup work. N3B will use a few services from the Lab, and those services will be delineated by specific agreements between LANS & N3B. But generally speaking, there will be a wide variety of job opportunities with N3B.

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT SALARIES, BENEFITS, SENIORITY, SERVICE CREDIT, ETC?

Our human resources plan calls for offering a highly competitive compensation package and benefit package.

We look forward to sharing the details of that package with potential employees during the employment process.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR GETTING ON WITH N3B?

All jobs will be posted online, and the process includes applying for those positions online.

We encourage everyone to apply for whichever positions are of interest to you.

Please see the website for updates.

WHAT IS A “CRITICAL SUBCONTRACTOR”, AND WHY WOULD I BE HIRED BY ONE OF THEM INSTEAD OF BY N3B?

N3B chose to involve two highly specialized small businesses within the LLCC team as integrated critical subcontractors. While the inclusion of the small businesses is responsive to the subcontracting and small business targets established by DOE in the LLCC RFP, these two companies were selected because of their recognized technical expertise — Tech2Solutions includes the #1 water company in the world, and L&A, the widely recognized leader in Quality Assurance and Contractor Assurance throughout the DOE complex — which complement N3B’s capabilities, objectives and vision. While not members of the N3B LLC, these small businesses are part of the the integrated team assembled to address the legacy cleanup at Los Alamos and will be involved throughout N3B’s contract term.

Each of the critical subcontractors have a defined share of the LLCC scope, which was detailed in N3B’s technical proposal.  T2S is responsible for the water program, including the remediation of the chromium and RDX plumes, including drilling and other associated activities.  L&A is responsible for the independent contractor assurance system and for support to quality assurance.   Therefore, incumbent LANS employees that currently perform these functions will map to positions with the small businesses, rather than with N3B.

  • Employment with the subcontractors is no less secure than employment with N3B.
  • Employees of the subcontractors will work with and among N3B employees as peers and equals to achieve LLCC success.
  • Subcontractors are directly accountable to the N3B leadership team, each reporting directly to an N3B Direct Report to the Program Manager.
  • While actual hiring and on-boarding may be conducted by the subcontractors using their corporate programs and processes, the mapping and hiring activities are fully coordinated with N3B.
  • The subcontractors intend to provide competitive salaries and benefits programs, with the goal of total compensation packages that are comparable to incumbent employees current pay and benefit values.

The Critical Subcontractors, T2S and L&A, are part of the 10-year contract with the DOE.

WHAT IS THE DIVISION OF WORK AMONG N3B, T2S AND L&A?

Please see the FAQ section above, “What is a “Critical Subcontractor,” and why would I be hired by one of them instead of N3B?” for a high-level breakdown of the different work scope owned by each entity.

HOW LONG IS THE EM WORK AT LOS ALAMOS?

The current lifecycle baseline for cleanup work at Los Alamos estimates that cleanup work will continue through 2035.  That timeline is dependent, of course, on funding levels, and on whether or not additional contamination is found and more remediation is needed.

The N3B contract is for ten years: an initial five years, with two extensions for an additional five years, for a total of ten years.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVANCEMENT CAN I EXPECT?

Advancement opportunities will depend on each position and where it is located in the organization.  However, one of the exciting things about this contract is that we will be building a new company from the ground up, so we think there will be ample opportunity for advancement, or to do something different.

Also, the N3B parent companies as well as the critical subcontractors, T2S and L&A, each have contracts and opportunities at multiple DOE and NNSA sites, which may be of interest to those who later may want to explore career opportunities around the DOE complex.

WILL MY CLEARANCE TRANSFER OVER, AND IF I’M CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING A CLEARANCE, WILL THAT PROCESS CONTINUE?

Generally speaking, yes; clearances will transfer, and the process for those awaiting clearances will not change. However, clearances are job-dependent, and not all clearances may be maintained though the life of the contract.

HOW DO I FOLLOW THE HIRING PROCESS?

You can check our website, where we will post updates.

WHERE WILL YOUR OFFICE BE LOCATED, AND WILL MY WORK LOCATION CHANGE?

N3B employees will work in several different locations depending on their specific organization and duties.  Some N3B employees will be co-located with the EM-LA Office in the Pueblo School Complex.  Most CH-TRU workers will be located in trailers near Area G and TA-54.  Other trailers located on LANL property and office spaces in the Los Alamos area will be determined during transition.  Bridge Contract workers located in TA-3 should expect to have a different office under N3B, as we do not expect to retain any TA-3 offices.

Will N3B have a holiday closure?

N3B will not close during the holidays.

HOW IS THE COMPANY BE ORGANIZED?

See the org chart below, which includes the integration of T2S and L&A: