PAE, Inc Field Equipment Specialist in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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Field Equipment Specialist


Primarily responsible for the daily operations of the field equipment center, but also participates in the instruction of the winter US Antarctic Program field safety training courses, the USAP Search & Rescue Winter Team and support of Operations groups going into the field.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Responsible for maintaining a safe workplace and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.

  • Complies with all Environmental Health & Safety and Quality Assurance requirements and goals.

  • Repairs, maintains, and cleans field equipment including specialty items (i.e. a variety of sleds, tents, stoves, ice coring equipment, and climbing equipment).

  • Facilitates the winter USAP Field Safety Training program at McMurdo Station providing detailed instruction on cold weather survival techniques, Risk Management, radio communications procedures, familiarization of surroundings, local weather, and basic first aid concepts specific to the wintering population.

  • Participates as an auxiliary member of the Winter USAP Search and Rescue Team, engaged in all support training exercises and actual incident response deployments. May be required to assist with Emergency Operations Center activities during prolonged responses.

  • Participates in an annual inventory cycle count and ship-offload activities.

  • Tracks field equipment that is issued to and returned from sponsored events.

  • Operates forklift, snow machines, and tracked vehicles and responsible for basic upkeep and maintenance of these resources.

  • Operates industrial sewing machine to repair stock, modify and fabricate items as required.

  • Frequently needs to lift and push 50 pounds and constantly moves 20 pound objects.

  • Interacts with National Science Foundation, military and other agency officials in a professional and tactful manner.

  • Employees and contractors may, in the course of performing their official duties, have access to a wide variety of personal identifiable and sensitive information (PII/SI) electronically and in hard copy. Personal and sensitive data including Social Security numbers, date and place of birth, demographic data, home addresses/telephone numbers/personal email addresses, passport numbers, bank account numbers, performance reviews, reviewer identity tied to performance reviews, unfunded proposals, proprietary parts of funded proposals, and other similar information should be protected according to Federal regulations and United States Antarctic Program policy, and only disclosed in accordance with the United States Antarctic program requirements.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required. BS in natural sciences preferred

  • Valid Driver’s license required.

  • Minimum of two years of experience in logistics or supply is required. One of these years must include experience in maintenance of outdoor equipment. Expedition outfitting, Arctic/Antarctic field work, and/or a background in outdoor education or guiding is preferred.

  • Glacial travel experience and basic mountaineering experience preferred.

  • Exposure to computerized data management preferred.

  • Complies with applicable safety, environment, health and waste management policies and procedures.

  • 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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