In this position, you will collaborate with individuals across the laboratory to plan tour logistics, schedule subject matter experts for technical tours, and coordinate details such as reserving rooms, arranging catering and transportation, and creating agendas. You will serve as a campus expert to guide tours and work closely with other subject matter experts to involve their participation when needed and to develop talking points for tour stops.


Working at NREL

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.

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Note: Research suggests that potential job seekers may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to apply. We seek dedicated people who believe they have the skills and ambition to succeed at NREL to apply for this role.

Job Description

We’re looking for an energetic and collaborative communications professional to join Corporate Communications in the NREL Communications Office.  The successful candidate will be adept at a variety of communications and have experience with project management and hosting high-level visitors. This position requires excellent presentation and organizational skills, along with the ability to manage multiple projects/visits simultaneously.  This position requires the ability to communicate with groups of tremendously varying technical and cultural backgrounds.

In this position, you will collaborate with individuals across the laboratory to plan tour logistics, schedule subject matter experts for technical tours, and coordinate details such as reserving rooms, arranging catering and transportation, and creating agendas. You will serve as a campus expert to guide tours and work closely with other subject matter experts to involve their participation when needed and to develop talking points for tour stops. This role will frequently require onsite work at the South Table Mountain campus in Golden and the Flatirons Campus in Arvada.

We’re looking for a self-motivated individual with a passion for scientific research who enjoys interacting with people and overseeing details and deadlines with limited supervision. 

Duties will include:

  • Sharing NREL’s story with visitors and the community at large.
  • Providing logistical support and planning for protocol level tours, visits, and events.
  • Leading general public and virtual tours with team support.
  • Supporting online virtual offerings and being comfortable with online platforms.
  • Maintaining brand-consistent messaging along campus tour routes.
  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with the public as well as internal stakeholders.
  • Coordinating tour agendas and draft run of show documents (cue sheets).
  • Actively contributing ideas for continuous improvement of the visitor tour experience.



Basic Qualifications

Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 2 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree or equivalent relevant education/experience. General knowledge and application of technical standards, principles, theories and techniques. Frequent application of industry concepts and principles. General knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Skilled in problem solving, written and verbal communication. Ability to use various computer software programs.


* Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, public relations, journalism, marketing, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 3 years of related experience with BS Degree or an MS Degree.
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Needs to be able to lead walking tours for an extensive period of time.
  • Ability to react positively to rapidly changing circumstances.
  • Project management skills including strong organizational and time management abilities, with the ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks and projects and meet fast-paced deadlines.
  • Experience coordinating and guiding tours.
  • Keen interest in learning about renewable energy; Experience working in science-, energy sector-, government-, or research-related communications. 
  • Ability to distill and explain complex technical information into understandable and engaging content.
  • Strong personal, oral, and written communication skills; ability to confidently speak in front of large audiences.
  • Can-do attitude and collaborative work style.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Intermediate knowledge of communications principles and practices.
  • Demonstrated creativity, critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Enthusiasm for learning and a proactive attitude toward professional development.
  • Experience adhering to brand and style guidelines.



Preferred Qualifications


Job Application Submission Window

The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.



Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Job Profile: Professional II / Annual Salary Range: $63,600 – $104,900









NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.



Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short*- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement*. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.


* Based on eligibility rules



Drug Free Workplace

NREL is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace in accordance with the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug.


If you are offered employment at NREL, you must pass a pre-employment drug test prior to commencing employment. Unless prohibited by state or local law, the pre-employment drug test will include marijuana. If you test positive on the pre-employment drug test, your offer of employment may be withdrawn.


Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.


EEO Policy

NREL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard basis of age (40 and over), color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, domestic partner status, military or veteran status, national origin/ancestry, race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding), sexual orientation, and any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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