SRS Sign, SRNS hiring

The entrance to the Savannah River Site near New Ellenton.

The management and operations contractor at the Savannah River Site is looking to fill hundreds of jobs this fiscal year.

In an interview Wednesday with the Aiken Standard, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions President and CEO Stuart MacVean said they were "on pace" to hire 1,200 people in FY19.

"You know, we are currently sitting with 900, well over 900 job openings, and we've got a need for about 1,200 this year," MacVean said.

Roughly 200 people have already been hired in the past two months, he added.

The jobs, Site-wide, span both U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management and National Nuclear Security Administration sectors.

The NNSA is a semiautonomous DOE agency in charge of the nation's nuclear outfit. The NNSA operates at SRS.

The hiring spree accounts for attrition – in January, MacVean mentioned confronting a "retirement cliff" – and mission growth, according to an SRNS spokesperson.

The openings also come at a time when Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility workers are being laid off in droves. The NNSA terminated the MOX project, located at SRS, in October.

The MOX workforce comprises roughly 1,700 people; at least 988 of those people have already received layoff notices.

About 11,700 people currently work at SRS.

SRNS is a Fluor-led company alongside partners Honeywell International and Newport News Nuclear. 

SRNS, as the management and operations contractor, handles landlord services at the Site, among other things.

The management and operations contractor recently secured a one-year contract extension.

Colin Demarest is the government and Savannah River Site reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter: @demarest_colin