Air Transportation Specialist ll in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 8/25/2020

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Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Air Transportation Specialist ll

Air Transportation Specialist II

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Supervises and mentors a cargo team consisting of four personnel and completes end-of-season evaluations for team members.
  • Assists with training department personnel in functions such as loading and unloading aircraft; proper pallet building and restraint procedures and techniques; and operating automated and manual material handling equipment and light vehicles. Provides ongoing and individual training as necessary.
  • Coordinates with MCC Shift Supervisor, Airfield Supervisor, and Load Planners regarding daily tasking, and cargo staging and transportation needs.
  • Helps create, review and maintain procedures for loading passenger and cargo aircraft, preparing cargo for shipment, operating various vehicles and equipment, and documenting receipt and delivery of cargo.
  • Interacts professionally with ASC, National Science Foundation, military and other agency officials over the telephone and in person.
  • Operates and conducts daily maintenance checks on automated and manual material handling equipment, including pallet jacks, forklifts, Delta III transport vehicles, passenger vans and pick-up trucks.
  • Uses material handling equipment for cargo loading and unloading operations, including wheeled forklifts with 4,000-15,000 lb. capacities and cargo sleds.
  • Follows safety and security precautions for handling and storing hazardous materials, special cargo, mail, and passenger baggage.
  • Supervises palletization of cargo for shipment via cargo aircraft, conducting quality assurance checks to verify that cargo is adequately secured with appropriate devices and equipment in accordance with current USAF regulations.
  • Ensures proper handling and loading of hazardous cargo according to military transportation regulations.
  • Oversees transport of cargo to and from airfields and storage areas.
  • Loads and unloads cargo and passenger aircraft according to established procedures. Supervises aircraft operations in the absence of Airfield Shift Supervisor or Air Transportation Specialist III.
  • Checks arriving cargo against manifest, and documents overage, shortage, or damage.
  • Supervises the efficient receipt, identification and distribution of cargo to end users without incurring cargo misplacement or damage.
  • Maintains and performs required preventative maintenance and inventory of Tie-Down Equipment, including 463L Air Force pallets, cargo straps and nets, chains and tensioners.
  • Identifies, labels and prepares damaged aircraft pallets and tie-down equipment for shipment to CONUS or Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe workplace and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Organizes and maintains various work areas, creating an efficient and safe work environment while ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Reports safety incidents, injuries, or damage to cargo or equipment immediately to Shift Supervisor for further documentation and participates in incident investigations and implementation of corrective actions.
  • Attends and/or presents daily/weekly safety meetings.
  • Works 12-hour rotating shifts outdoors in inclement weather conditions, including weekends and extra hours as required.
  • Frequently perform strenuous physical work.
  • Occasionally needs to lift and push 75lbs.
  • Frequently needs to lift and push 50lbs.
  • Constantly moves 20 lb. objects.
  • Frequently climbs vertical ladders and platforms into and out of equipment and to access cargo.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school graduate or equivalent is required.
  • Valid Driver's license required (Class "A" preferred).
  • Knowledge of passenger and cargo movement functions; transport aircraft types, capabilities, and configurations; airlift transportation directives and documentation; cargo restraint techniques and calculations; and operation of material handling and other types of loading equipment or devices is required.
  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Previous experience with remote Polar Logistics operations is preferred.
  • Must be willing to work outdoors in inclement weather conditions including weekends and extra hours as required.
  • 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.
  • Must be legally able to work in the United States without sponsorship.

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our 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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