PAE, Inc Hazardous Cargo Specialist in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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Hazardous Cargo Specialist

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Maintains a safe workplace program and ensures that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.

  • Complies with all ASC Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH), Waste Management and Quality Assurance requirements, goals, policies and procedures.

  • Performs cargo movement including receipt, storage, retrieval and onward movement of United States Antarctic Program (USAP) materials.

  • Accurately tracks the movement of cargo throughout all phases of shipment.

  • Certifies and prepares hazardous goods for shipment by military fixed wing, commercial aircraft and commercial vessel regulations.

  • Accurately identifies, classifies, packages, labels, marks and documents hazardous goods for transport in compliance with 49CFR parts 100 - 185, IATA, ICAO, AFJMAN24-204 and/or IMO regulations.

  • Is cognizant of the relationship between the aforementioned transportation regulations to merge and apply these regulations for multi-modal shipments.

  • Safely handles and stores hazardous materials in accordance with applicable federal and military regulation.

  • Researches and responds to customer inquiries regarding transport regulations of hazardous material.

  • Interfaces with the grantee population on a regular basis to assist with prioritizing cargo for onward shipment to field sites and prepare cargo for shipping.

  • Assists science team and community members in the proper packaging, labeling, and documenting of cargo for shipment to field sites or for retrograde.

  • Packs temperature controlled science samples in accordance with established procedures to ensure the safety of the samples during retrograde shipping, to include both commercial airline and surface shipping methods.

  • Loads ISO shipping containers and performs blocking and bracing of cargo inside the containers to comply with maritime shipping requirements.

  • Provides grantees and other USAP Cargo customers with support and service during the cargo generation process.

  • Safely transports McMurdo-generated cargo to appropriate staging areas for onward shipment both on and off the continent.

  • Safely operates all ATO vehicles in varying road and weather conditions while obeying all speed limits.

  • Possesses and applies a thorough working knowledge of Transportation Control Numbers (TCN) and barcode data tracking technology.

  • Palletizes cargo and applies proper restraint.

  • Prepares and packs marine containers for vessel retrograde.

  • Receives, identifies, and distributes inbound cargo to appropriate agencies in a proficient and prudent manner.

  • Performs daily routine prevention maintenance checks on ATO vehicles and loaders.

  • Ensures that each ATO vehicle has the proper operating/safety equipment aboard (i.e. chocks, window scrapers, etc.).

  • Communicates via two-way radio in accordance with proper radio etiquette and procedures.

  • Ensures that the USAP Cargo staging areas are properly maintained, organized, and kept clean.

  • Must be capable of regularly lifting 40 pounds (safety regulation maximum). Works rotating shifts, including weekends and extra hours, as required. On call at night to answer cargo questions. Coordinates changes at any hour day or night. Works 12 hour shifts - non-stop during resupply vessel operations.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Valid Driver’s License is required.

  • Four years of experience of inventory control, warehousing, or aircraft cargo handling experience, including receipt, storage, and/or retrieval is required.

  • Previous experience in a customer service environment is required.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 2000 software within the Microsoft Windows operating system, and hazardous materials databases is required.

  • Knowledge of aircraft load planning and regulations governing transportation of hazardous materials is required.

  • Military aircraft knowledge is preferred.

  • Cargo operations experience within the USAP Program is preferred.

  • Successful completion of mandatory material handling training conducted by the New York Air National Guard prior to deployment.

  • 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.

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), should you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a currently open position with PAE, please call Recruiting at (703) 656-6064 or email with "Disability Assistance" in the subject line.