PAE, Inc Cargoperson in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World


Provides assistance to all grantees and other agencies in the processing of their cargo. Must be a productive member of USAP Cargo crew which consisting of three warehouse personnel.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

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

  • Upon completion of initial skills training, will complete OJT to enhance skills and knowledge in processing cargo for transport.

  • Supports work center to properly handle all priority, retrograde, and hazardous field camp cargo movements.

  • Conducts inventories, general organization, and mapping of field camp cargo in USAP Cargo and Crary Lab cargo staging locations.

  • Assists with science cargo processing, as required.

  • Assists with all ice core sample and temperature sensitive shipments from the field camp to McMurdo Station.

  • Assist in the packing of temperature sensitive samples for transport.

  • Operates (to include daily maintenance checks) automated or manual materials handling and other loading equipment (pallet jacks, forklifts 4,000-15000 lbs. capacities), passenger vans and pick-up trucks.

  • Required to operate heavy equipment to load/un-load cargo out of shipping containers and move cargo around station as requested.

  • Ensures all cargo documentation, packaging, labeling and marking requirements have been met.

  • Diligently conducts quality assurance practices throughout the cargo processing and movement process; reporting all incurred damage to cargo and equipment immediately to the USAP Cargo Supervisor or Cargoperson Senior.

  • Must attend daily and weekly safety meetings. Additionally will occasionally present weekly safety lectures.

  • Uses Shipping Numbers and barcode data during cargo movement tracking.

  • Must become proficient in MAXIMO, the cargo tracking database.

  • Receives, identifies and distributes cargo to appropriate delivery locations in a proficient manner without compromising condition of cargo.

  • Works weekends and extra hours, as required. Work 12-hour shifts during resupply vessel operations.

  • Will frequently perform strenuous physical work. Including frequently moving items that weight 20lbs, 50 lbs, and with assistance, up to 75 lbs.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Minimum one year general labor experience required. Cargo handling experience is preferred.

  • Cargo operations experience within the USAP Program is preferred.

  • A valid US Driver’s License is required.

  • Strong customer service and customer resolution skills are required.

  • Must be familiar and proficient with various computer programs including email systems, and other Microsoft Office software.

  • Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods is required.

  • Must be willing and able to perform physical activities including heavy lifting, climbing in and out of equipment, crawling, and working outdoors.

  • Must be capable of occasionally lifting and pushing 75lbs, with assistance.

  • Must be capable of frequently lifting and pushing 50lbs.

  • Must be capable of constantly moving 20lbs objects.

  • 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

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.