Communications Center Operator
The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory - Laurel, MD

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The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Communications Center Operator.


Technician to establish, monitor and maintain all installed communications systems to facilitate a continuous and uninterrupted environment supporting APL's daily business operations.

Receive, disseminate or transmit DoD and/or commercial Message traffic using Defense Messaging System (DMS), Navy Regional Enterprise Messaging System (NREMS), and Automated Message Handling System (AMHS).

Set-up and monitor installed tactical data systems and components with encryption devices.

Continually maintain, monitor and operate the client workstations and systems located in the Communications Center.

Utilize, safeguard and follow procedures required to maintain control of the Communications Security (COMSEC) cryptographic material and equipment.

Provide top quality customer service to all levels of staff by responding to requests and questions on a timely basis.

Maintain logs and documentation as required to support Defense Security Service (DSS) audits and Special Security Plan documentation.


High school diploma or equivalent. Working knowledge gained through at least five years of experience working with Defense Messaging System, AMHS, or NREMS, and associated peripheral hardware and software such as Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office applications. Experience with DoD landline, satellite, voice, facsimile operations, data transfer systems and secure telephone equipment to include encryption/decryption procedures. 3 years of prior experience with accounting for, maintaining and destroying classified material with one of the DoD military services or agencies. Demonstrated ability to interface with all levels of management, customers, and staff to learn about and understand their network requirements and provide solutions that meet their needs. Ability to work in a team environment in support of shared objectives and make sound decisions.

At least 1 year of experience with or working knowledge of tactical data systems utilizing satellite communications and antenna theory. Working knowledge of local and wide area networking operation and administration. Prior experience in developing and writing operating instructions and on-the-job training manuals.

Special Work Conditions

Work hours: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM four days per week on a rotating day-off schedule.

Occasional (2 - 4 times per year) requirement to work overnight, and weekends in response to service requests from APL project teams to support military exercises or special projects.


Top Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for an SSBI and access to classified information. Preference for current SSBI. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.


APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, as well as other applicable laws, and values diversity in its workforce.

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