Field Equipment Operator in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 11/21/2019

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Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Field Equipment Operator

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Responsible for the safe and technically proficient operation of tracked vehicles, forklifts and loaders for movement of equipment and supplies, skiway grooming, snow removal, winter berm building, and aircraft loading/unloading.
  • Lubricates, checks fluids and performs safety inspections and minor maintenance as required prior to operation of any equipment.
  • May be responsible for building cargo loads in accordance with Air National Guard regulations, and weighing, marking and transferring cargo between field locations and USAP Cargo and Helicopter Operations.
  • May be responsible for building and pulling loads for overland traverse operations.
  • Manages Cargo Line inventory and keeps accurate spreadsheets of inventory and location of items in the field.
  • Interacts directly with Camp Manager on daily tasking, but they may oversee trades personnel and other departments as needed to accomplish tasking.
  • Understands routine operation and maintenance of two and four cycle gasoline engines associated with generators, snow machines and saw equipment.
  • Operates forklifts, loaders, and snow machines for movement of equipment and supplies, snow removal and water and fuel sleds safely and according to camp standard operating procedures.
  • Monitors and maintains potable water supplies and snow mines for camp water requirements.
  • Monitors and maintains fuel supplies for buildings and equipment.
  • Arranges equipment maintenance according to manufacturer recommendations.  Tracks equipment hours and notifies mechanic, if present, of impending maintenance requirements.  If mechanic is not present, equipment operator is responsible for performing maintenance, and communicating work orders from field to McMurdo Vehicle Maintenance Facility.
  • Actively participates in ancillary deep field camp operations including snow shoveling, “house mouse” cleaning, cooking, weather observation assistance, aircraft fuel transfers, camp put-in and take-outs, construction projects, lending assistance to science research groups, and other tasks as assigned by the camp leadership,
  • Documents work performed as required, maintains accurate logs of machinery engine hours and provides written reports to camp leadership that include the End of Season Report.
  • Supports the achievement of ASC metrics, whether metrics are directly or indirectly affected by this position’s work activities.
  • Complies with all ASC Environmental Health & Safety, and Quality Assurance requirements and goals.  Provides documentation to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate documentation.
  • Works to achieve ASC goals and contractual commitments.
  • Physical activities to include heavy lifting, climbing in and out of equipment, crawling, working outdoors in sub-zero temperatures, working non-standard work hours, sleeping in a non-heated mountain tent, and having limited (or no) access to general front country amenities.
  • Snow shoveling required due to location of position.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe workplace program and ensuring safety is the highest priority in the work place.
  • Performs other duties as required. 


  • High school graduate or GED is strongly preferred.
  • Must have valid US driver’s license.
  • Two years of experience as an equipment operator are required.
  • Wilderness First Responder certification 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 & safety objectives.
  • US citizenship or US Permanent Resident Status is required.

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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