Current vacancies

Dounreay is Scotland’s largest decommissioning project and is widely recognised as Europe’s most complex nuclear closure programme. For more than 50 years it was known as the centre of the UK’s fast reactor research and development and now the team is aiming to be recognised as a centre of excellence for nuclear decommissioning. Dounreay offers an opportunity to be involved in some of the UK’s most leading edge technical projects, developing unique skills and experiences which are highly sought after across the industry.


Dounreay Fire, Ambulance and Rescue Service (DFARS) Manager

Be part of it

As Dounreay Fire, Ambulance and Rescue Service (DFARS) manager within the Security and Resilience Directorate your role will be to provide operational management of the emergency fire, ambulance and rescue response to the Dounreay and Vulcan sites.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the facility ensuring the service operates in accordance with fire and ambulance service national standards and legislative requirements, demonstrating continuous improvement identification and implementation. You will hold the rank of station manager and have responsibilities for incident command at Silver/Tactical level.

 Main responsibilities

  •  Manage the implementation of the national incident command system response for the Dounreay and Vulcan sites and any external requests for Fire, Ambulance and Rescue Services
  • In the event of an incident undertake the duties of a silver/tactical commander until relieved by Scottish Fire and Rescue
  • Manage the implementation of the integrated risk management plan as it applies to Doureay, site projects and NRTE Vulcan
  • Work closely with the fire safety advisor to meet the requirements for those aspects of the fire management plan delivered by DFARS personnel
  • Drive continuous and measurable improvement in all aspects of DFARS and provide timely, relevant and accurate performance information as required
  • Represent, advocate and negotiate on behalf of the site in regional and local settings for nuclear incident and emergency service response in line with best practice, e.g. Nuclear Industry Fire Safety Coordinating Committee
  • Manage the DFARS and K/SRE work programmes
  • Liaise with stakeholders for the joint planning, implementation, training and exercising of personnel in preparation for on and off-site major incidents
  • Manage, review and verify training for site and DFARS personnel
  • Liaise with external regulators as required
  • Manage specifications and services in respect to contracts
  • Implement the relevant requirements of the review of emergency response arrangements as they refer to DFARS
  • Monitor and report on internal performance against safety, costs, programme and quality, identify deviations and implement remedial actions as appropriate
  • Review and report on identified problems and incidents, establishing causes and identifying, recommending and implementing solutions
  • Manage the preparation, approval and issue of technical specifications and safety documentation through review to implementation
  • Perform the responsibilities of management appointments relevant to post including being a member of the site’s on-call arrangements
  • Manage Dounreay staff as a line manager

Desirable aptitudes and experience

  •  Qualified fire risk assessor (PAS 79 or equivalent)
  • Level 2 award in Intermediate Incident Command
  • Watch management or above in a fire and rescue service
  • Financial management
  • People skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving abilities


The successful candidate will be required to hold Developed Vetting security clearance or be prepared to undergo security vetting to attain this level.

The package includes relocation assistance (where appropriate), a company pension scheme and generous annual leave entitlement.


Salary:  £50,608 to £75,740 per annum (DOE)

Reference number:  42/19

Closing date:  Friday 27 September 2019

Interviews to be held:  w/c Monday 28 October 2019

Applications can be downloaded from:

For further information, contact:  Ken Nicol, Tel: 01847 803549 (email: or Mac Macgill, Director of Security and Resilience: Tel: 01847 802144 (email:

Applications to:  HR Shared Services,, Traill House, 7 Olrig Street, Thurso, KW14 7BJ, or by e-mail to          



Health Physics Surveyor Trainee (more than one post)

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Vacancies have arisen within our Operations Directorate for health physics surveyor trainees to support the ongoing decommissioning programme. The training programme will last for 2 years and will include an NVQ in Radiological Protection. Throughout the training your progress will be monitored and assessed against Dounreay standards. You will compile an evidence folder, demonstrating your areas of learning with accredited certificates of completion for elements of your training. 

Main responsibilities

  • Undertake radiation and contamination surveying both at Dounreay and offsite in accordance with the defined routine monitoring program
  • Undertake the changing of air sample and duct sample filter papers, and undertake counting of the filters to determine the activity present
  • Support site operations as they progress by monitoring the radiological conditions and reporting the results
  • Undertake surveying operations in areas with enhanced levels of radioactive contamination wearing appropriate PPE/RPE
  • Review and support the production of health physics documentation
  • Assist with the familiarisation and training of health physics staff
  • Be required to participate in emergency on-call arrangements
  • Perform the responsibilities of local/management appointments relevant to post

Desirable skills, aptitudes and experience

  • Minimum of 3 National 5’s at Grade C or equivalent, including English, Mathematics and one Science subject
  • Open, flexible approach to work and prepared to undergo training
  • The ability to communicate effectively with staff/contractors at all levels
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Required to be designated as a classified worker and as such must be 18 years old or over on or before 15 May 2020 in accordance with the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017


Salary:  £18,191

Reference number:  41/19

Closing date:  6 September 2019

Interviews to be held:  w/b 15 September 2019                                

For further information, contact:

Applications:  Applications forms can be downloaded from

 Applications to:  HR Department,, Traill House, 7 Olrig Street, Thurso, KW14 7BJ

Dounreay’s Civil Nuclear Constabulary is recruiting
A police force offering a variety of police officer and support roles at all levels – see the website for more details.

Nuclear works – Capita Resourcing

As well as the vacancies advertised on our website, opportunities to work at Dounreay are also available through Capita Resourcing