SRS job fair draws thousands of applicants

Job seekers won't need an engineering degree to land some of the latest openings at Savannah River Site.


"We're finally getting to the point where we can hire local folks who don't necessarily have a lot of experience," said Dennis Trout, the president of Value Added Solutions Inc., one of 13 subcontractors hiring for the stimulus package-funded jobs at SRS.

"Now that we have more requisitions for folks that don't necessarily require the higher-level degrees, we feel these job fairs are becoming more important for the local community. We get more folks that are qualified for the positions at the job fairs now than we did when they first started," he explained.

Out of the 3,000 stimulus-funded temporary jobs, about 1,500 are still open, spokeswoman Paivi Nettamo said. There are 10,000 applications pending, with an additional 3,000 from Monday's job fair at James Brown Arena, she said.

Aiken-based Value Added Solutions Inc. is hiring for about 1,000 professional and general employment positions, including waste remediation technicians, material handlers and maintenance mechanics, CEO Brenda Mikkola said.

The company is also hiring for operations specialists and office support personnel. The requirements for an operations specialist are a high school diploma, industrial work experience and possibly heavy equipment operation, Ms. Mikkola said.

"We're hiring continuously. We're hiring folks right now," Mr. Trout said.

Lexington, S.C.-based Globalpundits was hiring for engineering and information technology workers for SRS and other organizations in Columbia, said Tammy Sykora, a business development manager.

"I think it's a great opportunity for all the surrounding areas," she said.

"I think there's a lot of qualified people out there, and we're just excited to meet them."

The positions are made available by more than $1.6 billion received from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Workers will assist in expediting nuclear waste removal at SRS and are being temporarily hired for the project, which ends in 2011, said Clif Webb, the director of public affairs for the Recovery Act Project.

Lajeanna Stevenson, 29, has been looking for a job since September. She worked as a program manager at Georgia Psychological Services on Columbia Road before state budget cuts forced it to close, she said.

Ms. Stevenson said the job fair was helpful and she found two positions that fit her qualifications. She was instructed to submit an electronic resume and search for additional job postings online.

Career Personnel was hiring for clerical, administrative support and forklift positions, said Kristin Bodkin, assistant operations manager. Positions include general clerks, mail couriers, general laborers, forklift operators and maintenance mechanics. The company has 120 to 150 openings, she said.

"We anticipate more, but we don't know how many more. They start out as one-year contracts and can be extended through the 30 months, which is September 2011," Ms. Bodkin said.

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Contact one of the following staffing firms:

Astrid Contract Technical Services (ACTS Inc.)

Jobs: general employment, technical, engineers

(803) 652-8600

Career Personnel

Jobs: general clerks, mail couriers, waste operators, general laborers, material handlers, maintenance mechanics, administrative assistants, forklift operators, CDL drivers, heavy equipment operators, quality-control inspectors

(706) 722-1265

E2 Consulting Engineers Inc.

Jobs: engineers (all disciplines), professionals (various positions), technical, project management, construction management, operations, maintenance, skilled craft/trade

(803) 642-9993

Edgewater Technical Associates

Jobs: civil, structural, systems, mechanical, electrical, chemists, nuclear safety, nuclear training specialists, technical procedure writers

(803) 295-2620


Jobs: project control engineers, telecommunication engineers, field procurement engineers, senior field procurement engineers, associate buyer and senior buyer, GIS analyst, IT security analyst, civil construction engineer, network engineer, project manager, system engineer and software engineer

(803) 354-9400

National Engineering Services Corp.

Jobs: engineers, technical support

(800) JOB-FIND


Jobs: engineers, procurement, administration, training, information systems and technology, lab technicians

(864) 850-1181

TFE Inc.

Jobs: waste management, operations, engineering, quality assurance, buyers and senior buyers, radiological control inspectors, scientists, information technology

(800) 232-3703

Value Added Solutions

Jobs: engineers, scientists, environmental safety and health, waste management, industrial hygiene/RadCon, training specialists, decontamination and decommissioning, operations support

(803) 644-0070

Weirich Consulting Services

Jobs: accounting financial analyst, engineers (all disciplines), procedure writers, trainers, administrative support staff, waste process personnel

(704) 905-3646