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Civil Service Opportunities

1. The Nuclear Risk Reduction Center (NRRC) periodically seeks applicants for permanent watch officer positions. Positions are open for applicants with Russian language aptitude.

2. There are strong incentives, financial and professional, to serve at the NRRC. All GSs on watch duty also receive night and Sunday shift differentials and overtime, if required. Then there is the added incentive associated with transitional assignments -- the ability to research and seek for follow-on career enhancing opportunities. Finally, NRRC watch officers have access to State Department parking privileges.

What is the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center?

3. The Nuclear Risk Reduction Center is an important component of the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance (AVC), providing round-the-clock translation and dissemination of government-to-government messages required under nearly 15 different arms control or security-building treaties or agreements. These notifications play a vital role in the verification and implementation of arms control.

Who should apply? What jobs are available?

4. The NRRC is particularly looking for GSs grades 9-11 with Russian language skills.

Watch Operations

5. The NRRC watch staff rotate through three 8-hour shifts: six days on one shift, one day “on call,” three days off, six days on the next shift, etc. Watch officers (WO) receive and transmit messages via several computer systems and related equipment; however, the job is by no means purely mechanical. The position requires sound judgment and discretion for dealing with competing arms control requirements that are often politically- and time-sensitive. As a result of an assignment to the NRRC, a WO gains expertise in arms control; international treaties and security agreements, both nuclear and conventional; political-military issues; and a working knowledge of European and Russian geopolitical matters.


6. The senior Civil Service watch officer position has supervisory responsibilities. Application for any watch officer position is considered an application on all vacancies. Only the vacancies for the current Civil Service watch positions can be pulled up via USA Jobs web page.

Contact Information

7. Individuals interested in a NRRC position or additional information should contact NRRC Senior Operations Officer at (202) 647-0028, or via e-mail at


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