PAE, Inc Vehicle Operator, Senior in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Vehicle Operator, Senior

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Operates shuttle service vehicles on varying road surfaces in inclement weather conditions with consideration for passenger safety. Vehicles include 10-15 passenger vans, Foremost Delta II with passenger compartment, Foremost 56-passenger Terra Bus, and Kress/ Caterpillar 730 tractor-trailer with 59 passenger module.

  • Helps train all incoming employees in all operating procedures and safety requirements.

  • Creates and maintains working schedules for vehicle operators and periodically rotates personnel between operating shuttle system vehicles, taxi driver, dispatcher, and additional seasonal transport requirements.

  • Operates shuttle system vehicles on a rotating shift basis.

  • Evaluates and documents employees’ performance throughout the season, thus creating a reference document for end of the season employee evaluations.

  • Ensures all Vehicle Operators comply with safe operating practices and road etiquette.

  • Picks up and transports all passengers to and from the airfield ramp while obeying all airfield safety requirements as required.

  • Provides vehicle training for FSTP Snow Craft Training Course instructors, Scott Base shuttle service, transportation for LDB personnel, transportation for all departments to/from airfields, on call taxi service, courier service, bellhop pickup service upon request for both incoming and outgoing flights, taxi service at the airfield for airfield personnel, and other transportation needs as required.

  • Coordinates with all USAP agencies regarding shuttle and shift change requirements.

  • Communicates on a daily basis with shuttle drivers regarding schedules, road conditions, vehicle coordination, and community shuttle and taxi requirements.

  • Communicates with Supervisor on daily basis to ensure smooth transition between all shifts.

  • Develops and posts Shuttle Schedules at Runways, McMurdo town center and Scott Base.

  • Monitors shuttle vehicles for required preventive maintenance and scheduled service with VMF.

  • Performs required mechanical and fluid checks of shuttle vehicles prior to and during operation.

  • Maintains required shuttle and taxi logs, and compiles data for weekly and monthly reports.

  • Communicates via two-way radio in accordance with prescribed procedures.

  • Monitors flights and return landing times, passenger transportation needs, taxi service needs, and all other various tasking as a dispatcher; dispatches tasking accordingly.

  • Monitors the service provided to the McMurdo community and improves service where required.

  • Provides vehicle training for light passenger vehicles for other departments as necessary. Provides large passenger vehicle training internally as necessary.

  • Ensures compliance with Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH) and Waste Management policies and procedures.

  • Handles confidential matters (personnel actions, management reports, etc.) in accordance with management policy.

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

  • Actively participates in safety briefings and meetings. Performs Job Hazards Assessments, Work Center Inspections, and other safety reports as required.

  • Must be able to interact with all team members in a positive and productive manner.

  • Frequently performs strenuous physical work.

  • Frequently needs to lift and push 50lbs.

  • Constantly moves 20 lb. objects.

  • Frequently climbs vertical ladders into and out of equipment.

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

  • Performs other duties as required


  • High School Diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Valid Driver's License required. CDL with air brakes endorsement preferred.

  • Minimum 1 year vehicle and/or equipment operating experience with at least 6 months of operating large capacity passenger vehicles and/or tractor-trailer over-the-road vehicles is required

  • Minimum one year in dispatching experience is preferred. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required. Customer service experience is required.

  • Good multi-tasking and organizational skills are required.

  • Good computer skills, including Microsoft Office Programs are required.

  • 1 year leadership and/or management experience is required.

  • 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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