Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Jaleesa Thomas

Administrative Support

Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division

November 10, 2020

What do you like about working at the Lab?

The support I receive from the administrative team and in the Climate Program. The admins make me feel valued and supported overall, making the job rewarding. The people in the Climate Program remind me of my importance as an admin and make me feel like an integral part of the team. I have developed resourceful relationships at the Lab and utilize them all.

My first social event at the Laboratory was Juneteenth in 2019. I felt the diversity in the culture of the crowd, and I was able to connect with individuals from different backgrounds, which in turn has enriched my work experience and has strengthened my relationships with colleagues around the Lab. The diversity and inclusion within the Climate Program is another aspect of the Lab that I enjoy. The individuals I support have created an inclusive environment that values a variety of experiences, interests, and leadership styles. I am able to connect with the program on a professional and personal level.

What do your day-to-day work activities include?

I perform administrative duties on behalf of the Climate Program. In my admin support role, I currently take on task-based work including telecommute agreements, badging, and site access requests.

What advice would you give to a new employee at the Lab?

Ask questions, be willing to initially accept part time work, and keep an open mind. Absorb all of the knowledge you can as you develop. There are a lot of supportive admins and researchers that will help you develop in your career. There will be some challenges, but overall it is a great experience that allows you to grow.

What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy reading and painting. I am also a member of the African American Body of Laboratory Employees resource group at LLNL.