Marine Technician Senior in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 6/29/2020

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Job Description

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Marine Technician Senior

GENERAL DUTIES (not all-inclusive):

  • Maintains safe workplace program and ensures safety is the highest priority in the work place.
  • Acts as the Deck Boss for all deployments of people and equipment off the ship. Coordinates, with the MPC, all personnel that may work on the deck to ensure safe and efficient operations.
  • Maintains all facets of safety for operations in the shop, on the deck and off the ship.  This includes safety enforcement, training and on-site review of MT safety procedures. Acts as the onboard safety advocate.
  • Trains junior technicians in all facets of the Marine Technician field. This includes machine shop practices, seaman skills, small boat seamanship, ship safety, and all facets of building, deploying and recovering oceanographic systems, and conducting operations in the sea-ice.
  • Coordinates the maintenance, repair, storage and accounting for the vessel’s science and oceanographic equipment, material and machinery.
  • Coordinates Marine Technician tasking and watch schedules with other Marine Technicians onboard as directed by the MT Manager and Marine Project Coordinator.
  • Maintains in good working order the vessel’s complement of inflatable boats, including the proper stocks of spare parts to fully support the science program. May, on occasion, operate and transport science party and/or staff in inflatable boats.
  • Assists during port calls with the on-loading and off-loading of science and vessel cargo. Ensures safe, secure storage of cargo for transport during cruise.
  • Assists with on-going science projects as directed by the Marine Technician Manager. This may involve TDY in Denver Project Office to work with procurements, pre-cruise planning, and other special projects.
  • Interacts with the National Science Foundation (NSF), military and other agency officials, both over the telephone and in person.
  • This position requires heavy lifting of at least the safety regulation maximum and strenuous physical activity for both indoors and outdoors.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school graduate or GED is required.
  • College level coursework in Marine or a science-related field is preferred.
  • USCG license or document as Able-bodied Seaman is preferred.
  • Emergency Medical Technician, offshore or field medic training is preferred.
  • Must have valid US driver's license.
  • A minimum eight years’ experience on research vessels assisting with scientific programs in an on-deck capacity, or other applicable career experience is required.
  • Experience in commercial marine operations such as merchant marine, fisheries, etc. is required.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of at-sea oceanographic work is required.
  • High-latitude or polar experience is a plus.
  • An individual with academic research vessel experience is preferred.
  • Willingness and ability to deploy on vessels to Antarctica and/or international waters on vessels 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 be able to legally obtain employment in the United States without sponsorship.


  • Manage and operate a fleet of small boats including the operation of equipment to launch and recover the small boats via trailer.
  • Trains and oversees station personnel in marine safety. This may include: basic seamanship, dead reckoning and electronic navigation, radio protocol, small boat handling, creating a float plan, rough weather operations, sea ice operations, vessel safety, cold water survival, deployment of oceanographic systems, trailering vessels, procedures for conducting operations in remote settings, and other topics as needed.
  • Leads the Ocean Search and Rescue (OSAR) team. Conducts and documents monthly drills and training.
  • Maintains records of daily operations including shipboard log, situation reports, fuel usage, equipment maintenance, vessel launch/recovery, and turnover reports.
  • Maintains inboard diesel, hydraulics, outboard motors, inflatable boats, and rigid hull inflatables, including proper inventory and tracking of spare parts.
  • Must participate in community programs, such as “house-mouse” (chores), “daisy-picking” (cleaning-up around the station), recycling efforts & community meetings.
  •  Require USCG OUPV license minimum or documented 360 days of sea time required for application..
  • Experience with coastal navigation, electronic navigation and dead reckoning is required.
  • Collaborates with Station Management and Scientists on daily operations and allocation of small boats.
  • Experience with working at the Palmer Station Boathouse and knowledge of the Palmer Station Basin.
  • Capability and willingness to mentor and provide advanced training to Marine Technicians, Station Staff and scientists.
  • May involve off-ice TDY to provide planning and expertise regarding the small boat fleet.
  • Primary Boathouse liaison with Palmer Station Manager to ensure efficient and safe boat operations.

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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