PAE, Inc Camp Manager in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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Camp Manager

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Responsible for the safety and accountability of the crew assigned, to include maintaining a safe workplace program and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace and that all safety related rules and regulations are adhered to by all hands.

  • Maintains daily operation, maintenance and management of field camp facilities in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures. Works in conjunction with the Camp Manager or senior leader to coordinate, manage and execute the field science program, including safety orientation for all new personnel. May coordinate air support, Search and Rescue missions, cooking, communications, weather observation, cargo movement, and/or camp construction.

  • Directs all aspects of the field science program in conjunction with the Camp Manager, Field Science Assistant Manager and Chief Scientists.

  • Ensures the camp facilities and equipment are maintained and operated safely, that the camp is tidy, and that waste is retrograded throughout the season.

  • Responsible for all hazardous cargo identification, labeling, and handling prior to shipping back to McMurdo Station via fixed wing aircraft.

  • Prepares cargo for movement to the field, completes load plans and cargo prioritization with air coordinators prior to deployment to the field.

  • Conducts staff meetings and performance appraisals; communicates job requirements, division metrics, projects, Quality Standard Procedures, and safety practices.

  • Maintains detailed records including fuel figures, camp population statistics, flight hours, weather observations, medical and communications. An end of season report, containing this information plus additional requirements, must be compiled prior to deployment.

  • Assists with support of required Search and Rescue missions. Works outside on various job sites in extreme cold weather conditions as required.

  • Performs other duties as required.

  • Loads/unloads aircraft.

  • Communicates with load masters and aircraft personnel.

  • Prepares cargo for movement. May include packaging, labeling, weighing, and palletizing cargo. Communicates weights and sizes of cargo to Fixed Wing Supervisor.

  • Assists with waste retrograde and hazardous cargo identification - labeling and handling prior to shipping back to McMurdo Station via fixed wing aircraft. May separate and dispose of materials. Tracks and manifest hazardous waste. Packages and documents hazardous cargo.

  • Prepares and stages equipment and maintains storage berms.


  • Performs fuel tests on aviation fuel.

  • Performs fuel transfers, via pipe, hose and tanks. May refuel aircraft, buildings, and vehicles with hand or electric pump.

  • Performs preventive maintenance tasks as directed.

  • Tracks and reports quantities of fuel delivered to field and amounts given to aircraft.


  • Assists with tracking maintenance and repair needs of all equipment in camp.

  • Assists with operating small mechanical equipment, including chainsaws, drills, welderators, etc. as appropriate.

  • Provide mechanical assistance in the repair of vehicles and other equipment.

  • Operates light equipment vehicles, such as snow mobiles, and traced vehicles. May groom around camp and runway.

  • Assists in the installation and maintenance of the skiway as needed.


  • Bachelor degree is required. Relevant equivalent work experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree.

  • Minimum one year supervisory experience is required.

  • Minimum one additional year of experience is any combination of the following is required as well: weather reporting, equipment operation, cargo movement, fuel operations, and/or logistics.

  • Professional experience in remote, cold weather environments is required.

  • Good verbal communication skills, computer literacy, and problem solving skills required.

  • At least one season of experience working in Arctic/Antarctica with direct experience working in a field camp in polar environments is preferred.

  • Basic knowledge of mountaineering skills 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 and safety objectives.

  • US citizenship is required

An Equal Opportunity Employer. PAE’s 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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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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