Marine Technician in McMurdo Station at PAE

Date Posted: 8/29/2020

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Job Description

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Marine Technician

  • Maintains safe workplace program and ensures safety is the highest priority in the work place.  Maintains safety of all MT operations both on and off the ship. Must be proactive in suggesting improvements to safety policies where applicable.
  • Uses established procedures and protocols, works closely with a team of other Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) technicians on the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) research vessels to conduct science support operations.
  • Coordinates with the Marine Technician Manager or Marine Tech Senior to identify tasking and watch schedules to support the scientific research and ensure that ongoing projects are completed.
  • Maintains and coordinates deck operations, deck safety and science operations on the USAP research vessels. This may include carpentry, fabrication, welding, hydraulics, pneumatics, rigging, basic electrical/electronics, preventive maintenance, and similar related tasking.
  • Oversees and assists scientists in deployment, retrieval, and handling of specialized oceanographic equipment. Provides technical assistance in the operation and repair or modification of the equipment.
  • Assists the safe on-load and off-load of scientific cargo during vessel port calls. Ensures that scientific cargo is safely stowed and secured for sea.
  • Coordinates the maintenance, repair, storage, and inventory of the vessel’s scientific and oceanographic deck equipment and machinery.
  • Maintains the vessel’s inflatable boats and outboard motors in good working order, including maintaining the proper spare parts needed to fully support the scientific program.
  • Safely operates the inflatable boats to transport the scientific party and/or ASC staff in sea and weather conditions that are often less than ideal.
  • Assists with on-going science projects as directed by the Marine Technician Manager. This may include temporary duty (TDY) at Denver Project Office to ensure that adequate stocks of MT-related consumables are available on the vessels.
  • Prepares and maintains documentation for vessel-based operations. This includes turnover reports at the end of each cruise.
  • This position requires heavy lifting and strenuous physical activity both indoors and outdoors.
  • Interacts with the National Science Foundation (NSF), military and other agency officials, both over the telephone and in person.
  • 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 is preferred.
  • Emergency Medical Technician, offshore or field medic training is preferred.
  • Must have a valid US driver's license.
  • A minimum two 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 preferred.
  • High-latitude or polar experience is a plus.
  • The Marine Technician requires a comprehensive knowledge of at-sea oceanographic work.
  • An individual with academic research vessel experience 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 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 OUVP license minimum or documented 360 days of sea time required for OUPV 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.

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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