Airfield Shift Supervisor 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

Airfield Shift Supervisor

Job Title: Airfield Shift Supervisor

Assigned Work Site: McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Reports to: Supervisor, Movement Control Center (MCC)

Department: Antarctic Terminal Operations (ATO)

Employment Type: Seasonal Contract Summer


GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

    • Verifies eligibility of cargo and mail offered for airlift. Reviews passenger travel authorizations for validity and accuracy. Ensures all cargo documentation, packaging, labeling and marking requirements, and all border clearance requirements have been met. Provides information on schedules, routes, air movement requirements, baggage limitations, and local facilities for passengers.
    • Selects, assembles, palletizes, and transports aircraft cargo loads to and from aircraft and storage areas. Checks cargo against manifests, and annotates overage, shortage, or damage. Secures cargo with appropriate devices and equipment.
    • Follows necessary safety and security precautions for handling and storing dangerous materials, special cargoes, mail, and baggage.  Become familiar with proper loading and compatibility of hazardous material according to military regulations.  Expedites cargo movement as necessary.
    • Knowledge is mandatory of passengers and cargo movement functions to include transport aircraft types, capabilities, and configurations; weight and balance factors; airlift transportation directives and documentation; cargo securing techniques; border clearance requirements; operation of material handling and other types of loading equipment or devices, fleet service functions; automated data processing equipment and its application in airlift activities; passenger service functions, and customer relations  principles; interpreting and following aircraft load plans.
    • Supervise functions such as loading and unloading aircraft, operating automated and manual materials handling equipment; processing, scheduling and maintaining records on passenger and cargo movement by airlift.
    • Supervises the loading and downloading of aircraft to include Kenn Borek Air, USAF, RNZAF, AAD, IAF, PHI, 109th AW, and any contracted airlift provider while maintaining operational control of ATO resources on the aircraft ramp.
    • Supervises and executes procedures for handling sensitive or high profile cargo / passengers, i.e.; registered mail, LHe dewar transports, medical evacuations and distinguished visitors.
    • Diligently conducts quality assurance practices throughout the cargo movement and pallet building process; reporting all incurred damage to cargo and equipment immediately to shift supervisor for further documentation.
    • Trains cargo teams and provides individual training as necessary.
    • Operates (to include daily maintenance checks) automated or manual materials handling and other loading equipment (pallet jacks, forklifts 4,000-15,000 lbs. capacities), cargo loading sleds, Foremost Delta III transports, Kress/Caterpillar 730 tractor with cargo trailer, passenger vans and pick-up trucks.
    • Follows procedures for loading passenger and cargo aboard aircraft, preparing cargo records.
    • Ensures all cargo documentation, packaging, labeling and marking requirements have been met.
    • Conducts daily safety meetings and provides attendance and subject documentation.
    • Maintains detailed documentation for all aspects of the airfield operations related to departmental metrics.
    • Keep airfield cargo inventories current for each shift reflecting all pallets, loose cargo, and passenger survival equipment.
    • Coordinates the building of all oversized material onto married pallets, using the current priority list, and oversees that proper restraint is used, and Center of Balance is calculated/marked correctly. 
    • Provides clear communication between the airfield and the Movement Control Center (MCC) throughout the daily operation concerning delays, passenger / cargo issues, and any deviation from normal airfield operations.
    • Assists with the proper handling and monitoring of call-forward or priority passenger/cargo requests from Terminal Operations, Christchurch.
    • Serves as the ATO Point-of-Contact (POC) for all airfield related issues. 
    • Assists the Supervisor, MCC with providing departmental training and completing safety/accident reports.
    • Interacts with the National Science Foundation, armed forces, and other agency officials, both over the telephone and in person, in a professional and tactful manner.
    • Interfaces with other agencies and departments to ensure optimal use of all heavy equipment and transport vehicles.
    • Handles confidential matters (personnel actions, management reports, HR transport issues, etc.) in accordance with company policy.
    • Responsible for implementing and maintaining a safe workplace program and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
    • Helps field and troubleshoot cargo queries presented to the MCC regarding aircraft loading issues and any other ATO-related discrepancies that may arise.
    • Must be willing to work 12-hour rotating shifts outdoors in inclement weather conditions including weekends and extra hours as required. Will work continual shifts during resupply vessel operations.
    • Will frequently perform strenuous physical work.
    • Will occasionally need to lift and push 75lbs.
    • Will frequently need to lift and push 50lbs.
    • Will constantly move 20 lb. objects.
    • Will frequently climb vertical ladders into and out of equipment.
    • Performs other duties as required.


    • BS/BA required. Equivalent experience accepted in lieu of a degree.
    • Valid Driver's license required, Class "A" is preferred.
    • This position requires a minimum of one year of air cargo supervisory or leadership experience.  
    • Familiarity with automated data processing/tracking programs such as MAXIMO, ICODES,, and Microsoft Office 2000 software within the Microsoft Windows Operating System is preferred. Working knowledge of US Air Force loading regulations (dash 9) is preferred. 
    • An understanding of remote site and/or polar logistics is preferred. 
    • Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods is required.
    • 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.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. PAE is a drug free workplace.

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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