Field Training Supervisor
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Field Training Supervisor

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive) :

This position deploys to Antarctica during the Austral Summer and will work several months in the Denver office during the Austral Winter.

Responsible for developing and maintaining a relevant and effective field safety training course curriculum for the US Antarctic Program.

Evaluates each individual course’s effectiveness at the end of each season through participant and instructor feedback, and adjusts these courses accordingly to fulfill the USAP field safety training requirements established by the NSF.

Each Field Safety course is developed around a syllabus that focuses on both basic knowledge acquisition and specific skill competency that must be delivered to and understood by participants with various learning styles.

Provides instruction on cold weather related health and safety issues, survival techniques, risk management techniques, critical thinking skills, incident response processes, radio procedures, area and terrain familiarization, local weather patterns, basic mountaineering skills and crevasse rescue techniques, and safe sea ice travel.

Demonstrates use and basic maintenance of field equipment; camp stoves, tents, sleeping bags, sleds, communications equipment, and climbing gear.

Recruits, supervises and trains the seasonal Field Safety Training Program Field Safety Coordinator staff. Required to provide seasonal expectations and performance reviews.

Updates / Creates in-house training documents and manages the updates in coordination with the SAR SupervisorReviews each individual grantee group’s Support Information Packet (SIP) for potential field safety and personnel issues, dedicated mountaineer support requirements, and field safety training needs.

Completes course requirements and direct field safety support for all science events in Research Support Plans (RSP).Through direct communications with science teams helps develop safe Antarctic field deployment plans through specific site assessments, satellite image research and direct Risk Assessment completion.

Contributes to the overall Field Risk Assessment and Field Plan process, working closely with Field Management, Field Support Supervisor & the Search & Rescue Supervisor.

Plans, schedules, and executes the Field Safety Training Program’s multiple different courses for USAP personnel as required.

Continually evaluates developing needs for curriculum changes and improvementsResponsible for maintenance and oversight of the sea ice in McMurdo Sound, including finding and flagging safe routes to various locations.

Ensures accurate record keeping, route information, current condition reports, and ongoing safety with all aspects of the annual sea ice and edge.

Coordinates closely with all departments involved in annual sea ice operations.Manages the field Ground Penetrating Radar inventory.

Responsible for seasonal allocation of the units and upkeep on current technology.Responsible for the management of GPS data for recreational and operational GPS routes in the McMurdo & Erebus areas.

  • Manages these in coordination with the Search & Rescue Supervisor.Responsible for the general daily maintenance, reporting and allocation of work center vehicle resources;
  • Hägglunds, snow machines, Pisten Bullys, Mattracks and other light vehicles. Coordinates needs closely with Search & Rescue Supervisor.

    Participates as an active member in Joint Antarctic Search and Rescue Team trainings and actual emergency responses. Coordinates closely with the USAP Search & Rescue Supervisor on staffing and scheduling needs.

    Assists in the management and training of the Field Safety Coordinator responsible for Winter SARResponsible for management and procurement of Field Safety inventory.

    Participates in Science Proposal Review as required.May act as implementer for individual science groupsInteracts directly with National Science Foundation, ASC Station Management, AntNZ, military and other agency officials, both over the telephone and in person, in a professional and tactful manner.

    Handles confidential matters (personnel actions, management reports, etc.) in accordance with management policy.Responsible for implementing and maintaining a safe workplace program and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.

    Actively assists and fosters close working relationship with SAR Supervisor & Field Support Supervisor; shares resources, performs cross-departmental tasking when needed, and ensures all contract staff understand the integration of the three departments.

    Performs other duties as required


    Valid Driver’s license required.Current CPR certification and current Wilderness First Responder certification required.

    Wilderness EMT preferred.Incident Command System (ICS) 100 and 200 certifications required (training offered through FEMA).

    Mountain guiding certification in UIAGM, AMGA is preferred.BS / BA degree required or relevant experience in lieu of degree.

    Minimum of two years of Supervisory experience is required.A minimum of six years of experience as an Alpine Guide with extensive experience in glacier mountaineering is required.

    A proven ability to work in remote, harsh environments, as a team player, is required.Experience in the following areas is desirable : an outdoor education instructor, experienced Antarctic Field Assistant, extensive work / participant in major expeditions.

    Experience with satellite imagery, GIS, Ground Penetrating Radar, and route finding is desired.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 or US Permanent Resident Status is required.

    We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    PAE is a drug free workplace.

    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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