Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Human Resources

The Human Resources (HR) Department facilitates HR services for the Berkeley Lab Divisions by co-locating HR Centers (where possible). By starting within these ESD-HR web pages, you will find specific HR processes that map to the business practices of the ESD. You will be re-directed to access the majority of HR information hosted at the LBNL Human Resources Department web sites. Contact ESD's HR Center Team for clarification of all human resources services.

Affiliates (Formerly Referred to as Guests)

Berkeley Lab’s on-line Affiliate Process was implemented in 2010. This replaced the Participating Guest Information form. Please refer to the ESD Affiliates Process Page for more information and a detailed walthrough of how to bring Affiliates to the Berkeley Lab, Earth Sciences Division.


In partnership with HR's Workforce Diversity Office, the ESD strives to foster a diverse workforce that is committed to conducting great science in line with the LBNL and DOE mission. Representatives from across the Lab serve on the Diversity Council to provide a Division perspective as well as report back to Division Management on various topics. You can find more information about the Division's involvement in Workforce diversity by reviewing the Lab's Workforce Diversity Office website.

Employee Development

In addition to the institutional resources (BLI, Employee Self-Service, etc.) and self-motivated (off-site training, etc.) opportunities for employee development, ESD has developed some training resources by harnessing in-house experts. A collection of employee development resources and other ESD opportunities can be found here.

Employee Recognition Programs

You can find more details regarding the Berkeley Lab SPOT Award program and how ESD implements the nomination process within the DIvision. In addition, find a link to Berkeley Lab's Employee Recognition Program, which honors employees for their high achievement, leadership, collaboration, multi-disciplinary science, cross-divisional projects, and commitment to excellence in support of the Lab’s mission and strategic goals


If you are preparing to hire new members to add to your project team, please contact your Department Head and the HR Center to ensure that all processes are completed appropriately and timely.

New Employees

Specific to new employees, ESD has created a New Employee's website to help our staff navigate through their way through the Division and LBNL for the first day, month, and year.

Performance Review Process

The performance management process is a continuous part of a supervisor and employee's role while at employed at LBNL, but there is an official process for reviewing performance every year. The Performance Review Process website is updated annually (typically during the month of May). For more information outside of this formal process, contact the HR Center.

Supervising & Mentoring

Supervising and mentoring is a critical component to fostering the development of employees and junior members of the Division. ESD looks to its Senior Scientists to help mentor junior staff.


At the end of employment with the Earth Sciences Division and/or LBNL, there is a check out process to ensure that employees, guests, etc. and their supervisors are well prepared for next steps there after. Please contact the HR Center to understand more about terminations.


Contacts/More Information

For a complete description of these and all other policies, please refer to the LBNL RPM at: