PAE, Inc Blaster Lead in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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Blaster Lead

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Responsible for the safe storage, handling and use of commercial grade explosives required for science, construction and maintenance projects in Antarctica. When required and approved by NSF, also provides assistance/advice to NSF-sponsored scientific project personnel using explosives during their field investigations.

  • Establishes and maintains exclusive authority over the explosives cache at McMurdo Station and other U.S. stations and camps. Ensures that the caches are a safe distance from the stations and camps, are properly marked and secured, and that explosives are stored in accordance with applicable commercial regulations.

  • Regularly inspects stored explosives according to manufactures' recommendations and government regulations to ensure that degradation does not occur and that expiration dates are observed. Disposes of dated explosives in accordance with appropriate procedures/regulations.

  • Maintains accurate inventory records and provides end of season explosives usage reports detailing all explosives usage and inventories remaining.

  • Measures, places, wires and detonates explosives in accordance with relevant technical/safety procedures including, but not limited to, Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) procedures, necessary station/camp field safety procedures, and after coordinating the work with agency (ASC, Military, NSF) management personnel as appropriate.

  • Performs blast design including size, placement, timing and composition of explosive charges.

  • Acts as blaster-in-charge at all blast sites. The Blaster Lead may delegate this roll to another qualified blaster as required.

  • Supervises all explosives related work at the storage/detonation sites. Ensures that access, handling and use are limited to appropriate personnel only.

  • Provides advice/assistance to scientific parties concerning appropriate explosives types/quantities for geophysical or other investigations, as required. Also provides assistance in the field with the storage, transportation, and use of explosives.

  • Performs duties in support of Operations Division metrics. Trains and orients subordinate employees on performance, documentation and activities that affect the achievement Operations Division metrics. Tracks all data related to metrics.

  • Supports the achievement of metrics.

  • Complies with all Environmental Safety and Health (ESH) and Quality Assurance requirements and goals. Provides documentation to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate and legal documentation.Ensures all subordinate employees are trained and understand Environmental Safety and Health (ESH) and Quality Assurance requirements and goals. Maintain documentation as necessary to meet these requirements.

  • Works outside on various job sites in extreme cold weather conditions as required.

  • Maintain workplace program and ensures safety is the highest priority in the workplace.Performs other duties as required.


  • High school graduate or GED is required.

  • Must possess a current and valid certificate for independent explosives handling and use that conforms to applicable civil regulations.

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience required as a certified Explosives Handler/Blaster in construction related blasting.

  • Experience with permafrost and snow blasting conditions and other explosives handling/use in cold weather/polar regions is preferred.

  • Previous experience with remote Polar Logistics operations 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 is required.

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PAE is a leading provider of enduring support for the essential missions of the U.S. government, its allied partners and international organizations. With over 60 years of experience, PAE supports the execution of complex and critical missions by providing global logistics and stability operations, technical services and national security solutions to customers around the world. PAE has a workforce of approximately 15,000 people in over 60 countries on all seven continents and is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

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