PAE, Inc Helicopter Operations Supervisor in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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Helicopter Operations Supervisor

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Responsible for planning, scheduling, and implementing United States Antarctic Program (USAP) helicopter-supported field activities based out of McMurdo Station. Also serves as the POC for USAP helo-supported activities in all other locations upon advanced request.

  • Develops the helicopter portion of the annual USAP Air Operations plan.

  • Defines the next season's USAP/New Zealand Antarctic Program (NZAP) logistical needs and forecasts the number of hours required for helicopter operations.

  • Supports out-year planning and proposal supportability reviews.

  • Works with the National Science Foundation to establish forthcoming priorities and allocation of hours.

  • Serves as the ASC point of contact (POC) for helicopter-supported science groups, the NSF, other ASC departments, and other USAP agencies. Responsibilities include attending the science support reviews, Science Planning Meetings and operational meetings.

  • Prepares helicopter operations portions of Support Information Packets (SIP), Research Support Plans (RSP), and Science Program Plan documents.

  • Coordinates with EH&S in the preparation of Environmental Assessments for field operations, including fuel caches, drilling projects, and any environmentally sensitive activities to be conducted in the field.

  • Develops, publishes, and oversees the implementation of a daily flight schedule.

  • Maintains communication with field parties and/or field camps as required. This responsibility includes relaying all changes in support requirements to relevant agencies.

  • Attends science meetings as POC for helicopter supported science groups. Ensures planned support requirements have been met prior to grantees’ arrival at McMurdo.

  • Ensures compliance with applicable Safety, Environment, Health and Waste Management policies/procedures.

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

  • Interacts directly with National Science Foundation, Support Forces Antarctica, and other agency officials in a professional and tactful manner.

  • Assists with the hiring of Aviation Operations positions.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • BS/BA required. Equivalent experience accepted in lieu of a degree.

  • Degree in aviation or logistics related field is preferred.

  • Valid driver's license required.

  • Two years experience scheduling flights, coordinating cargo movements, and planning flight loading is required.

  • Experience with remote logistical support is strongly preferred.

  • Must be skilled in word processing, spreadsheets and data base software, and have strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Leadership experience preferred.

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

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

  • 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 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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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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