Cargo Coordinator in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 12/3/2019

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Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Cargo Coordinator

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Position is responsible for coordinating all cargo movements at the South Pole.  This includes general cargo, science group cargo, passenger loads and all retrograde cargo.  Position is also the clearing house for all 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 cargo movements while resolving any outstanding cargo transport issues. 
  • 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 with USAP Cargo, preparing related reports for the forward movement of cargo and hazardous material. 
  • Verifies cargo tracking data entry regarding 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. 
  • 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 and construction cargo being transported between South Pole and McMurdo Station or the deep field. 
  • Researches shipping number discrepancies in the cargo tracking software system and corrects labeling errors.
  • Assists with science cargo processing, as required.
  • Assists with all sample shipments from the South Pole to McMurdo Station for vessel onload.
  • Must be capable of regularly lifting 40 pounds. Works long hours, 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 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 Maximo, 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 and dental 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.

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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