PAE, Inc Cargo Coordinator in South Pole Station, Antarctica

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Cargo Coordinator

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Position is responsible for coordinating all cargo movements to/from deep field camps. This includes general cargo, science group cargo, passenger loads and all retrograde cargo returning from the camp. Position is also the clearing house for all field camp resupply needs and requests.

  • Maintains a safe workplace program and ensures that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.

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

  • Supports work centers to properly handle all priority, retrograde, and hazardous field camp cargo movements while resolving any outstanding cargo transport issues.

  • Performs radio communications when needed with the MCC Supervisor to coordinate resupply and cargo priorities while also providing updates on all cargo movement issues.

  • Provides daily field camp cargo priority lists to the Movement Control Center (MCC) for aircraft mission load sequence planning.

  • Conducts inventories, general organization, and mapping of all cargo staged at South Pole.

  • Acts as South Pole liaison for field camp resupply, including grantee resupply, and cargo requirements.

  • Coordinates requisitioning of supplies through South Pole work centers.

  • Follows established vessel offload procedures in coordination with USAP Cargo, preparing related reports for the forward movement of cargo and hazardous material.

  • Communicates daily with MCC Load planners for aircraft mission load sequencing (Field Camps).

  • Verifies cargo tracking data entry in regard to pallet building, mission reports, receipt, storage, and delivery of inbound items and retrograde cargo.

  • Initiate Discrepancy Reports (DISREPS) for all flights with cargo or passenger manifesting deficiencies (Field Camps).

  • Collaborates with United States Antarctic Program (USAP) Cargo, Fixed-Wing Coordinator and MCC to overcome any transportation, cargo or hazardous material issues.

  • Oversees the packaging, crating, documentation, labeling, storage and shipping of science, retrograde, construction, and O&M cargo being transported between South Pole and McMurdo Station or the deep field.

  • Forwards field camp Project call-forward request to the MCC Supervisor for processing.

  • Researches field camp shipping number discrepancies in the cargo tracking software system and corrects labeling errors.

  • Assists with science cargo processing, as required.

  • Assists with all ice core sample shipments from the South Pole to McMurdo Station for vessel on load.

  • Must be capable of regularly lifting 40 pounds. Works rotating shifts, including weekends and extra hours, as required. On call at night to answer cargo questions. Coordinates changes at any hour day or night. Works 9+ hour shifts.

  • Successfully completes mandatory training prior to deployment.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Valid Driver's License is required.

  • Two years of experience in planning and organizing remote cargo/supply movements, and/or logistics planning is required. Two additional years’ experience in a combination of the following is also required: customer service, customer resolution, administrative duties, reporting and data management.

  • Must be familiar and proficient with various computer programs including MS Excel, email systems, and Microsoft Office software.

  • Knowledge of aircraft load planning and regulations governing transportation of hazardous materials is preferred.

  • Military aircraft loading knowledge is preferred.

  • Cargo operations experience within the USAP Program is 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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