SpaceX is hiring a

Recovery Operations Specialist

Vandenberg Village, United States



  • Lead all aspects of recovery and refurbishment site construction- from acquisition permitting all the way through active operation- for Landing Zone 2 (LZ-2) and flight processing locations.
  • Interface, as main point of contact, with all Air Force, state, and local authorities for requisite property agreements, environmental permissions, licensing, etc.
  • Manage large construction projects and budgets for facility upgrades and site construction, including tasking of external contractors and requisite internal resources, equipment rentals, supplies delivery, etc.
  • Lead all facility preparation for flight hardware processing capability including compliance with AF 91710 , heavy-industrial equipment purchase and calibration, ordnance permits and authorizations, and requirements coordination with other SpaceX engineering and design teams
  • Assist with all location-specific processing needs such as the development of an inventory control system and ongoing maintenance/calibration
  • Assist with operational needs on recovery missions and at LZ-2 including testing assistance and potential on-console support for landing and test ops
  • Lead collaborative development of refurbishment processes with Recovery and local Vehicle Integration team from initial requirements gathering through successful launch of a flight-proven booster- this includes identifying requirements, developing procedures, and working with several design and operations teams within SpaceX to ensure vehicles are processed quickly and efficiently to prep for reuse.


  • 3+ years of hands-on experience with aerospace flight hardware
  • 3+ years of experience interfacing with federal, state, and local regulatory entities
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience building, maintaining, and modifying heavy-industrial equipment
  • Prior experience constructing facilities for flight hardware storage and processing (initial startup through operational readiness and maintenance)
  • 1+ year working with hypergols or similarly hazardous materials


  • Prior experience developing Air Force 91710 compliant systems
  • Experience designing and operating fluid or electrical systems
  • Experience operating and troubleshooting remote-operated ground systems
  • Experience with critical operations where real-time decision making affected success criteria
  • Experience working with technicians, welders or machinists
  • Marine experience


  • Must be able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces
  • Must be comfortable being trained to work around hypergolic propellants (MMH and NTO)
  • Willing to work with hazardous materials (hypergols)
  • Must be able to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings and climbing hand over hand
  • Must be able to work at elevated heights (up to 300 feet), including the use of ladders
  • Willing to operate small support boats in open ocean conditions
  • Must be able to climb up and down stairs regularly throughout the day
  • Able to work in confined spaces
  • Willing to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, wind, open ocean
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • When necessary, must be willing to work long hours and weekends to support launch and critical project timelines
  • Ability to work on offshore vessels for extended durations without access to emergency services normally available on shore
  • Must pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg



  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITAR here.

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