PAE, Inc Diver in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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Responsible for conducting dives in support of ASC managed diving projects in Antarctica.

May perform underwater construction tasks such as placing footings and installing pipelines or scientific diving tasks including benthic sampling video/photographic and observations. Also performs limited salvage work.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Conducts dives in accordance with OSHA, ASC, and USAP approved diving regulations.

  • Performs underwater construction and maintenance tasks in accordance with above regulations. Tasks include footing/piling placement, pipeline assembly, and related installation work.

  • Performs underwater salvage work when feasible and within the limits of the above regulations. Salvage work includes clean up of debris as part of NSF approved environmental protection programs.

  • Collects scientific samples, documents underwater conditions and performs observations for science projects.

  • Tends the dives of co-workers as required, and in accordance with ASC field procedures.

  • Advises the Supervisor, Dive Services on job progress, material requirements, and personnel matters.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school graduate or equivalent required.

  • Nationally recognized SCUBA Certification and CPR/First Aid certification is required.

  • Minimum of four years of commercial and/or scientific diving experience, including diversified skills in underwater construction/salvage or scientific diving work is required. Experience in high latitude or polar waters preferred. Must be familiar with all types of diving equipment and under water construction tools, materials, and techniques.

  • Must successfully complete the physical and dental examinations, and psychological examination for winter-over positions, as required by the NSF for deploying to Antarctica. Failure to meet these requirements may result in withdrawal of employment offer or other employment action.

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

  • 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 is required.

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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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