PAE, Inc Cargoperson, Senior in Palmer Station, Antarctica

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Cargoperson, Senior


Responsible for maintaining a safe working environment by ensuring safety is the highest priority. Works closely with ASC’s shipping agent in Chile to ensure south-bound cargo movement and request Chilean resupply. Completes data entry which includes, inventory management, receiving and cargo tracking records. Assists with coordination of port call planning and participates in long-shore cargo handling duties involving 20’ containers and break-bulk cargo. Provides customer service to ASC departments and NSF-Science personnel. Successfully balances work with community and volunteer tasking. Supervises the daily activities of the deployed team.

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Prepares temperature-sensitive sample shipping documentation.

  • Responsible for tracking south-bound cargo by creating a preliminary and final priority cargo report for cargo to be loaded on the next vessel.

  • Prepares, submits and reviews Chilean resupply requests.

  • Creates port call plans in conjunction with vessel and station staff.

  • Oversees the safety of personnel during port call operations as well as other work areas.

  • Creates north-bound manifests, sample shipment advisories and reviews information for accuracy.

  • Completes weekly inventory audits and Situational Reports.

  • Works with departments to conduct inventory projects in storage areas around station.

  • Reviews Research Support Plans (RSP’s) and ensures adherence to them.

  • Participates in weekly supervisor meetings.

  • Tracks metrics used in monthly and yearly reporting.

  • Completes end of season reporting.

  • Oversees the packaging, crating, and documentation for all northbound cargo. Ensures all cargo is labeled, stored and packed properly This includes property of science, construction, operations, maintenance or other USAP agency cargo being transported from Palmer Station to CONUS, OCONUS and Punta Arenas.

  • Interacts with ASC Departments, Grantees,and Subcontractors to ensure the timely arrival and receipt of material.

  • Oversees quality assurance practices throughout the cargo movement and container loading and unloading process.

  • Manages data entry in Maximo in regards to shipping number creation, editing, receiving and manifesting.

  • Maintains records of north-bound and south-bound shipping documentation.

  • Physically receives cargo by checking order accuracy, writing MAXIMO item numbers on all materials and finds locations for storage.

  • Completes electronic purchase requisition receiving and data entry in the inventory database MAXIMO for materials received on station.

  • Researches and provides WODS (wrong, overage, damaged or short) reports on any discrepancies for materials received.

  • Creates and/or runs standard or custom reports for ASC departments with-in MAXIMO.

  • Participates in long-shore cargo handling duties involving 20’ shipping containers, break-bulk and hazardous cargo weighing up to 20,000lbs. This includes handling tag-lines for both south-bound and north-bound cargo.

  • Participate in onsite emergency response team & trainings.

  • Assisting in the community to perform chores and other house-keeping assignments as needed.

  • Coordinates with Grantees and ASC departments for the receiving, accurate processing, timely packing and movement of mission critical material.

  • Fields and troubleshoots cargo queries presented to the Logistics department regarding cargo, MAXIMIO issues and any other Logistics-related discrepancies that may arise.

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

  • Frequently works outdoors in inclement weather for long periods of time.

  • Supports operations that occur after normal work hours or on ASC days off.

  • Is responsible for maintaining a clean and safe workplace and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.

  • Will frequently perform strenuous physical work.

  • Will occasionally need to lift or push 75lbs.

  • Will frequently need to lift and push 50lbs.

  • Will constantly need to move 20lbs.

  • Will frequently climb vertical ladders into and out of equipment.

  • Will frequently climb vertical ladders and platforms to access cargo.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • A Valid US Driver’s License is required.

  • A Minimum of 2-4 years of diversified experience in the cargo shipping industry, warehouse operations, heavy equipment, or equivalent experience is required.

  • A minimum of 2 years supervisory experience is required.

  • Knowledge of hazardous cargo and shipping requirements is preferred.

  • An understanding of remote site and/or polar logistics is preferred.

  • Familiarity with inventory database systems like Maximo is preferred.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 2000 software within the Microsoft Windows Operating System isrequired.

  • Strong customer services skills are required.

  • Previous experience with the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) preferred.

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

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

  • Must be capable of constantly moving 20 lb objects.

  • Must be willing to work rotating shifts, including weekends and extra hours, as required.

  • Must be willing to be on call at night to answer cargo questions.

  • Must be willing to coordinate changes at any hour day or night.

  • 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, but not limited to: “house-mouse” (chores), “daisy-picking” (cleaning-up around the station), GASH (dishes), recycling efforts and safety objectives.

  • US citizenship 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.

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