Field Coordinator – FS&T in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 6/30/2020

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Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Field Coordinator – FS&T

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • 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.
  • Trains grantees and other USAP participants in the use of life-safety survival gear and field equipment stocked in the field center.  This includes but is not limited to sizing climbing equipment, operating camp stoves, erecting a variety of tents, and offering instruction on the proper use of a large variety of other field equipment.
  • Repairs, maintains, and cleans life-safety field equipment including specialty items (i.e. a variety of sleds, tents, stoves, ice coring equipment, and climbing equipment).
  • Facilitates the USAP Field Safety Training program at McMurdo Station providing detailed instruction on cold weather survival techniques, Risk Management, radio communications procedures, familiarization of surroundings, local weather, safe sea ice travel and basic first aid concepts. They may assist with instruction of the technical mountaineering skills and crevasse rescue techniques if they possess the appropriate skills.
  • Participates as an auxiliary member of the Summer USAP Search and Rescue Team, engaged in all support training exercises and actual incident response deployments. May be required to assist with Emergency Operations Center activities during prolonged responses.
  • Performs remote field support duties to NSF sponsored events as required. When deployed into the field, takes on a leadership role to support science activities. Required to work outside on various jobs in extreme cold weather conditions for long hours.
  • Occasionally employee must work at high altitudes. 
  • Maintains a field safety role focusing on risk assessment and management of field hazards.
  • Ensures that daily communications and weather observations are reported.
  • Supports the packing, prioritization, and loading and unloading of cargo from aircraft.
  • Responsible for hazardous cargo identification, labeling, and handling prior to, while in, and during transport from the field.
  • Builds, breaks-down and hooks live sling loads from helicopters. 
  • Performs duties such as equipment operation, weather observations, and fueling as required. 
  • Ensures field site and equipment are maintained and secured for Antarctic conditions.
  • Maintains a tidy camp, adheres to environmental protocol, and is responsible for retrograding waste as needed.
  • Acts as a first responder in the field as necessary, providing medical care at the Wilderness First Responder Level
  • Works with science teams at field camps to provide required support, troubleshoot issues, and is involved in decision making.  May handle and resolve difficult situations such as personnel issues or resource limitations.
  • Identifies and provides many logistical needs, including; inventory reporting, fuel deliveries, and snow melting.
  • Provides support cooking, re-supply food planning, and galley tasks and dish washing as needed.
  • Interacts with National Science Foundation, other sub-contractors (e.g. air support providers), military, other agency officials, and Antarctica New Zealand, both over the telephone and in person, in a professional and tactful manner.
  • May review scientific research requirements and suggests/trains on proper survival and field gear. 
  • Provides input to NSF sponsored events, supervisor and completes support and planning tasks as designated.
  • Operates and maintains snowmobiles, tracked snow vehicles, fork lift, and all other mechanical equipment issued to the work center.
  • Works with Mac-Ops, Field Support Coordinators, Helo Ops and Av Ops to ensure resupply to the field groups; Packages, TCN’s, and tracks resupply cargo
  • Uses an Access database to track field equipment that is issued to and returned from sponsored events.
  • Educates field-bound groups on the risks and prevention associated with Carbon Monoxide issues.
  • Operates industrial sewing machine to repair stock, modify and fabricate items for NSF sponsored groups as required.
  • Routinely works without direct supervision and often in role requiring leadership or delegation of tasking.
  • Participates in an annual inventory cycle count and ship-offload activities.
  • Frequently needs to lift and push 50 lbs. constantly moves 20 lb. objects.
  • Employees and contractors may, in the course of performing their official duties, have access to a wide variety of personal identifiable and sensitive information (PII/SI) electronically and in hard copy. Personal and sensitive data including Social Security numbers, date and place of birth, demographic data, home addresses/telephone numbers/personal email addresses, passport numbers, bank account numbers, performance reviews, reviewer identity tied to performance reviews, unfunded proposals, proprietary parts of funded proposals, and other similar information should be protected according to Federal regulations and United States Antarctic Program policy, and only disclosed in accordance with the United States Antarctic program requirements.
  • Performs other duties as required


  • High school diploma or equivalent required. BS in natural sciences preferred.
  • Valid Driver’s license required.  Wilderness First Responder certification is required. Incident Command System (ICS) 100 and 200 certifications required (training offered on-line through FEMA).
  • Weather Observation Training preferred.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in logistics or supply is required. 
  • Two years of experience in any combination of the following required; expedition outfitting in polar climates or high altitude winter settings, National Park service positions, outdoor education, experience working with helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, and/or guiding services. Glacial travel experience and basic mountaineering experience is preferred. 
  • A background in mountain/ski shop or maintenance of outdoor equipment is required.
  • Experience with meteorological, GPS, and communication equipment is preferred. A proven ability to work in remote, harsh environmental, and as a team player, is required.
  • Computer competency required with a proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Access 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.
  • Must be able to obtain employment within 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.

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