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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Communications Professional 1 in Helena, Montana


Help communicate PNNL’s work in national security as part of the Communications Division! A strong communications function is critical to elevate PNNL’s external presence and amplify its science and technology achievements. As a member of the Project Communications group, you will develop multiple communications products including (but not limited to) presentations, brochures, bibliographies, web content, scientific or technical highlights, newsletters, posters, press releases, and scripts.

You will also assure that our communications products are aligned with the Laboratory’s mission, vision, and communications strategy; is appropriate for the intended audience; stimulates a preferred action; and meets the stakeholders’ budget, goals, and expectations.


The Ideal Candidate

If you are a top-notch communicator – we want to connect with you. Specifically, we’re looking for candidates who will combine and leverage their talents in communications to develop and implement creative and compelling content that will resonate with our audiences. Ideal candidates will also be excellent at teaming and working collaboratively with other communicators as well as with researchers.

Authority and Accountability

  • Serve on a team of communications professionals that contributes to a wide spectrum of projects across the Communications Division.

  • Communicate regularly across the Division to offer assistance and accept new assignments.

  • Understand and collaborate with the specialized teams in the Division, such as Document Architecture and Copyediting, Creative Services, Digital Media, and Science Writing to complete projects.

  • Provide communications support for research projects (i.e., website updates, project-specific event support, project brochures)

  • Ideate and implement creative outreach efforts to support and feature research projects.

  • Write general content for use in newsletters, emails, Laboratory calendars, campus-wide flat panel displays, etc.

  • Manage efforts to update facility signage (i.e., wall wraps, posters).

  • Interview researchers to better understand their science and its impact.

  • Utilize the Division workflow system, “CommWorks,” to record assignments, monitor progress, and route work.

  • Perform other duties as required/assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to provide good customer service; patient, attentive, good interpersonal communication skills, time-management skills, and use of positive language. Strong organizational skills.

  • Writing and proofreading skills with attention to detail; knowledge of proper grammar usage, and willingness to learn and follow a style guide.

  • Able to work effectively on multiple, simultaneous projects with varying priorities and timelines.

  • Ability to work with peers and leadership across the Division to establish effective working relationships.

  • Basic experience and comfort using social media, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

  • Familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to proofread content for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and style.

  • A knack for understanding audience characteristics and adjusting writing styles for various groups.

  • Ability to apply various style guides (e.g., Chicago Manual of Style and AP Stylebook).

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete multiple activities of varying complexities while adhering to strict deadlines.

  • Able to work effectively on multiple simultaneous projects with varying priorities and timelines.

  • Experience with content management systems or knowledge management systems; demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and applications.

  • Experience creating communications materials/projects, with a focus on content and quality

  • Intense focus on and commitment to detail and accuracy of work.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a self-directed manner in a highly dynamic, collaborative, and professional environment.

Additional Information

Not Applicable

Testing Designated Position

Not Applicable

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.