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Employment Policies

NREL's employment policies reflect our commitment to providing a safe and non-discriminatory workplace in accordance with federal and state laws.

As a member of the NREL team, you will contribute to a growing, dynamic national laboratory that is developing new energy technologies to benefit our environment and economy. The following policies allow us to accomplish our mission in a safe, supportive environment.

Smiling male NREL researcher holds a cup of coffee in front of green algae vials.

NREL scientist Phil Pienkos' research at NREL focuses on algal biofuels, with an interest in waste-to-energy research. This means recycling waste materials, like coffee grounds, to more efficiently create energy products. Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL

Equal Opportunity Employer

NREL is an equal opportunity employer, which means that qualified applicants will receive fair consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Also learn about our inclusion and diversity practices.

Visas and Immigration

NREL is home to leading scientific talent from more than 70 countries all working toward a common goal—to discover innovative scientific solutions to the world's energy challenges, every day.

An international scope is essential to our research at NREL, and we invite outstanding foreign national students, scholars, and professionals to become part of our organization. Learn about visas and immigration.

Drug-Free Workplace

NREL is committed to a drug-free workplace, and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Fair Credit Reporting Act

NREL discloses to you that a consumer report, including an investigative consumer report containing information as to your character, general reputation, personal characteristics and mode of living, may be obtained for employment purposes as part of the pre-employment background investigation and at any time during your employment. Should an investigative consumer report be requested, you will have the right to request a complete and accurate disclosure of the nature and scope of the investigation requested and a written summary of your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.