PAE, Inc Carpenter Foreman in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Carpenter Foreman

Directly oversee carpentry department operations and supervision of carpentry staff. Participate in goal-setting processes and strategic planning for mission support with other department leaders and I&O Management. Contribute to a safe working environment by coordinating employee trainings and identification and mitigation of environmental and job hazards. Maintain effective communications between departments and represent department as needed at operational meetings. Provide suggestions and recommendations for re-hiring, termination and advancement of staff. Routinely utilize independent judgment and discretion to solve problems and identify potential issues.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Responsible for implementing and maintaining a safe workplace program and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace

  • Supervises the activities of Carpenters and Carpenter Apprentices. May be required to supervise other trades involved in field or science specific construction.

  • Performs all aspects of field camp construction, maintenance and upgrades. In this case, will work closely with all trades involved in field camp construction, maintenance and winterization.

  • Performs construction related tasks in and around undeveloped and remote areas as well as in adverse conditions.

  • Maintains and updates inventory records and materials usage.

  • Coordinates materials and support from other departments.

  • Creates design drawings under the direction of Construction Coordinator, Construction Superintendent and/or Supervisor and accomplishes as-built drawings during and after construction for reference purposes.

  • Creates schedules and reports in electronic format.

  • Supervises and performs hands-on carpentry tasks on construction and maintenance projects as needed in Antarctica.

  • Organizes the work force and assigns duties.

  • Advises the Construction Coordinator, Construction Superintendent and/or Supervisor on job progress, material requirements, and personnel matters.

  • Accomplishes various projects through the creation and utilization of design drawings and specifications.

  • Performs tasks requiring repeated heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, digging, hauling, standing, walking, kneeling, stooping, and squatting.

  • Prepares project schedule updates and completion reports as required.

  • Assists with tracking labor charges, material charges and submitting time cards correctly.

  • Complies with all ASC Environmental Safety and Health and Quality Assurance requirements and goals.

  • May be required to work outside on various job sites in extreme cold weather conditions.

  • Handles confidential matters (personnel actions, management reports, etc.) in accordance with management policy.

  • Interacts with the National Science Foundation, military and other agency officials, both over the telephone and in person.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Basic to advanced first aid training preferred.

  • Minimum eight years of documented experience in carpentry is required. Minimum three of the eight years must be in a lead, foreman or supervisory position. The ability to read design drawings is required.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is required.

  • Experience in commercial or industrial environment is preferred.

  • Experience working in remote locations or extreme environments (temperature, elevation, known hazards) is preferred.

  • Experience with aircraft safety and logistics is preferred (fixed or rotary wing.)

  • Experience with Visio, AutoCAD or other design or engineering software is preferred.

  • Must be willing and able to lift and move items, parts, assemblies and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum.

  • Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods is required.

  • Must be willing and able to perform physical activities including heavy lifting, climbing in and out of equipment, crawling, and working outdoors.

  • Must successfully complete the physical, dental and psychological (if applicable) examinations as required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica.

  • Must participate in community programs, such as “house-mouse” (chores), “daisy-picking” (cleaning-up around the station), recycling efforts and safety objectives.

  • US Citizenship or Permanent US Resident status required.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

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