PAE, Inc Lead Environmental Specialist in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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Lead Environmental Specialist

Responsible for contaminated site assessment and monitoring, contaminated site remediation planning and implementation, conducting environmental field audits for a wide range of locations, assessment of environmental risk, planning for and implementing field operations, coordinating field logistics, collection and analysis of environmental samples, data tracking, management and analysis. Responsible for communicating with a diverse range of people. Responsible for data and other information compilation related to environmental assessment and risk, and the general transfer of information from Antarctica, to Denver and to the NSF. Responsible for operation and trouble shooting of environmental monitoring equipment associated with ASC Environmental projects. Responsible for following sampling and monitoring procedures approved by the NSF for collecting environmental samples and preparing them for analysis or shipment to off-continent analytical laboratory.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Coordinates on-ice activities related to remediation, monitoring sampling programs and education with the on-ice ASC Environmental Engineer primarily and the ASC EHS Station Lead. In addition, generates professional documentation on findings and outcomes of remediation and monitoring events and sample analysis.

  • Interfaces with ASC Environmental Department, Safety and Waste Management staff, primarily, and, Laboratory staff, principal investigators and subcontractors, secondarily. Performs training and educational programs for the community with respect to environmental protection, waste management and national and international policies and regulations relating to environmental operations in the Antarctic.

  • Interacts with National Science Foundation, military and other agency officials, both over the telephone and in person, in a professional and tactful manner.

  • Maintains a working knowledge of the operation and maintenance of instrumentation, including but not limited to such general environmental monitoring laboratory equipment as photoionization detectors, oxygen meters, composite wastewater samplers, TPH and VOC analyzers, and data collection and archiving devices. Maintains a comfortable working knowledge of GPS units and field electronic data collection.

  • Responsible for organizing and arranging resources in order to address remediation sites in the field.

  • Performs environmental evaluation of contaminated sites including full cradle to grave remediation operations. Typical scenarios may include operations such as: sampling, on site analytical assessment and physical clean up including soil excavation, as well as ensuring contaminated media is properly manifested and logged and treated or removed from station.

  • Conceives and carries out programs to ensure environmental education and awareness throughout the stations and associated field camps.

  • Collection and subsequent analysis of field data from contaminated soil sampling, ice core sampling, snow sampling etc. Collects environmental samples (ambient and source) for site characterization and monitoring purposes, as required.

  • Maintains databases of GIS information as well as contaminate concentrations and analytical data from current and historical environmental operations.

  • Active member of the station spill response team.

  • Ensures accurate inventories of spare parts and supplies for repairing and calibrating equipment and instrumentation. Keeps an accurate inventory of all consumable laboratory and sampling supplies and is responsible for ordering new ones.

  • Performs laboratory analysis of water and wastewater samples for measurements of biological oxygen demand (BOD), volatile suspended solids, phosphorus, nitrogen, nitrite, nitrate, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, alkalinity, hardness, pH, chlorine residue, dissolved oxygen, and coliforms as required.

  • Records data and prepares technical reports describing site work.

  • Writes professional documents for presentation and review by NSF. Documents may include Scopes of Work, Remedial Action Plans, Environmental Assessments, Records of Environmental Review, Summary reports, and various technical documents.

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

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • A Bachelor degree in Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry or closely related field is required, and a Master’s is preferred.

  • HAZWOPPER certification preferred

  • Requires 2 years prior experience within ASC Environmental performing water sampling, remediation projects, environmental education and working under the Antarctic Conservation Act.

  • Extensive experience organizing and leading fieldwork, particularly in the deep field, in Antarctica preferred.

  • Minimum of four years of responsible experience related to contaminated site assessment and remediation, environmental risk assessment, field environmental sampling, monitoring, instrumentation, laboratory analyses and data management.

  • Excellent writing skills are expected.

  • Scientific publication history and geographical information systems experience preferred.

  • Must be willing and able to lift and move items, parts, assemblies and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum.

  • 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 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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