PAE, Inc Field Coordinator, Lead (Field Camp) in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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Field Coordinator, Lead (Field Camp)

Responsible for certain aspects of the daily operation, maintenance and management of field camp facilities in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures. Works in conjunction with the Camp Manager or senior leader to coordinate, manage and execute the field science program, including daily tasking for camp staff, leadership of crews on separate shifts, and safety orientation for all new personnel. Additional responsibilities may include; coordination of air support, Search and Rescue missions, cooking, communications, weather observation, fueling operations, cargo movement and direction, and/or camp construction.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

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

  • Conducts all operations in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures specific to the camp

  • Directs all aspects of the field science program in conjunction with the Camp Manager, Field Management, and Chief Scientists

  • Ensures the camp facilities and equipment are maintained and operated safely, that the camp is organized and tidy, and that waste is retrograded throughout the season

  • Responsible for all hazardous cargo identification, labeling, and handling prior to shipping back to McMurdo Station via fixed wing aircraft

  • Prepares cargo for movement to the field, completes load plans and cargo prioritization with air coordinators prior to deployment to the field

  • Facilitates accounting for camp population living arrangements, muster rules, and activities away from camp site proper

  • Communicates professionally, both orally and written, with their teammates or assigned crews to relay information they need in order to be successful in their jobs. This includes, but is not limited to, staff meetings, job requirements, metrics calculations, projects, Quality Standard Procedures, and safety practices and development of Job Hazard Analysis

  • Maintains detailed records including fuel figures, aircraft mission statistics, camp population statistics, flight hours, weather observations, medical and communications

  • Compiles and submits an end of season report prior to redeployment

  • Required to work safely on various jobs in extreme cold weather conditions

  • Maintains a field safety role focusing on risk assessment and management of field hazards

  • Complies with all ASC Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH), Waste Management and Quality Assurance requirements

  • Assists with support of required Search and Rescue missions

  • Interacts with National Science Foundation, military and other agency officials, both over the telephone and in person, in a professional and tactful manner

  • Performs remote field support duties to NSF sponsored events as required. When deployed into the field, takes on a leadership role to support science activities

  • Required to work non-traditional shift schedules

  • May require occasional work at high altitudes

  • May involve planning work and/or training in Denver prior to or after deployment to Antarctica

Additional duties may include the following:

Cargo Responsibilities:

  • Loads/unloads aircraft. Communicates with load masters and aircraft personnel.

  • Prepares cargo for movement. May include packaging, labeling, weighing, and palletizing cargo. Communicates priorities, weights and sizes of cargo with Cargo Coordinators and correlative Fixed Wing personnel.

  • Assists with waste retrograde and hazardous cargo identification - labeling and handling prior to shipping back to McMurdo Station via fixed wing aircraft. May separate and dispose of materials. Tracks and manifests hazardous waste. Responsible for packaging and documenting hazardous cargo.

  • Prepares and stages equipment and maintains storage berms.

Operational Duties:

  • Operating snow cats, pisten bullies, and grooming equipment to maintain a skiway.

  • Snow mobile, 4-wheeler

Fuels Responsibilities (where no dedicated fuels position exists):

  • Performs fuel tests on aviation fuel.

  • Performs fuel transfers, via pipe, hose and tanks. May refuel aircraft, buildings, and vehicles with hand or electric pump.

  • Performs preventive maintenance tasks as directed.

  • Tracks and reports quantities of fuel delivered to field and amounts given to aircraft.

Galley Responsibilities:

  • Developing and maintaining a schedule of chores (e.g. cleaning, picking up trash) for camp personnel.

  • Provides support cooking, re-supply food planning, dishwashing, snow melting, and additional galley tasks as needed.

Mechanical Responsibilities:

  • Assists with tracking maintenance and repair needs of all equipment in camp

  • Assists with operating small mechanical equipment, including chainsaws, drills, welderators, etc. as appropriate

  • Provides mechanical assistance in the repair of vehicles and other equipment.

  • Operates light equipment vehicles, such as snow mobiles, and tracked vehicles. May groom around camp and runway.

  • Assists in the installation and maintenance of the skiway as needed.

Assists in completion of end of season report according to SOP.

When in McMurdo, primary duties are to receive trainings and prepare cargo for camp. Weather delays may be experienced. When all camp specific tasks are complete, other departments may have tasking, which may be considered menial labor (dish washing, checking equipment, conducting inventories, shoveling, etc).


  • High school graduate or GED is required

  • Must have valid US driver's license

  • Wilderness First Responder Certification is required; ICS 100 & 200 required.

  • Basic knowledge of mountaineering skills is preferred.

  • A minimum of one year of Field Coordinator or equivalent experience is required. One additional year of experience in any combination of the following is strongly preferred: weather reporting, equipment operation, cargo movement, fuel operations, and/or logistics.

  • Professional experience in remote, cold weather environments is required

  • At least one season of experience working in Arctic/Antarctica with direct experience working in a field camp in polar environments is preferred.

  • Good verbal communication skills, computer literacy, and problem solving skills required

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

  • US citizenship or Permanent US Resident status is 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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