United States Naval Research Laboratory

Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

Working at NRL-SSC

NRL-SSC employs approximately 200 full-time and part-time federal workers, students, post-doctoral fellows and contractors. The Human Resources Office at NRL-DC also services NRL-SSC; thus, the same employment rules, regulations and services that apply to those working at NRL in DC also apply to NRL-SSC employees.

To learn more about working at NRL, visit https://hroffice.nrl.navy.mil/index.asp.

Working at SSC
Because of what is referred to as the "buffer zone," it is impossible for employees to live within (a reasonable) walking or biking distance to SSC. Although there is no public transportation, many employees carpool with others or join vanpools. Federal employees can take advantage of a federal transit subsidy to reduce commuting costs and even eliminate them in some cases.

Because of its remote location, Stennis Space Center offers a number of onsite services for employee convenience.

Amenities include:

  • a clinic fully staffed Monday through Friday with doctors and nurses to conduct physicals, diagnose routine illnesses and provide emergency care to Navy personnel at no charge.
  • a state-of-the-art fitness center complete with lap pools, walking track and basketball and tennis courts. The fitness center also has numerous wooded trails mapped for off-road runners.
  • a full-service cafeteria that serves a daily full hot (and cold) breakfast and lunch. Patrons can build their own salads at the fully stocked salad bar, place a special order with the short-order cook, or grab a pre-made lunch to go.
  • a tax-free Navy Exchange available for everyone's use. (Most NEXs require civilians to be on orders.) The NEX provides a convenient selection of groceries, snacks, adult beverages and gas and diesel at its gas station location on site. The NEX Autoport allows SSC employees to drop off their personal vehicles for oil changes, tire rotations and other repairs on their way to work.
  • the Center for Higher Learning coordinates with local colleges and universities to provide selected college courses on site at various times throughout the day. It is possible to obtain several different degrees without leaving SSC.

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)
The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) is a summer internship for high school students interested in working under a mentor on a specific research project. The program is funded by the Office of Naval Research and implemented by the American Society for Engineering Education. Applicants to the NRL-SSC summer program must select NRL-Stennis Space Center to be considered for Stennis Space Center location, as NRL-DC and NRL-SSC programs operate independently.