PAE, Inc Helicopter Operations Coordinator in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Helicopter Operations Coordinator

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

  • Responsible for planning, scheduling, and implementing United States Antarctic Program (USAP) helicopter-supported field activities based out of a deep field camp.

  • Develops, publishes, and oversees the implementation of a daily flight schedule.

  • Maintains communication with field parties, pilots, and/or field camps as required. This responsibility includes relaying updates on weather and other environmental conditions, emergent safety factors, and changes in support requirements to relevant agencies and participants.

  • Enters mission data and generates multiple reports in Excel, and other programs to facilitate, track, and coordinate helicopter missions, cargo movements, and passenger movements for USAP helicopters out of a fixed camp.

  • Maintains geographic coordinates documentation.

  • Attends science meetings as POC for helicopter supported science groups.

  • Ensures compliance with applicable Safety, Environment, Health and Waste Management policies/procedures.

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

  • Interacts directly with National Science Foundation, Support Forces Antarctica, and other agency officials in a professional and tactful manner.

  • Performs other camp duties as required.


  • BS/BA required. Equivalent experience accepted in lieu of a degree.

  • Minimum 2 years experience with field work, science support, or remote logistical support is required.

  • Experience in aviation logistical support or passenger and cargo movement, to include documentation, expediting, and tracking is strongly preferred.

  • Prior USAP logistical support experience is required.

  • Valid driver's license required.

  • Experience with remote logistical support is required.

  • Must be skilled in word processing, spreadsheets and data base software, and have strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Competency and experience with radio operations, including HF and VHF, is strongly preferred.

  • Leadership experience preferred.

  • 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 camp community programs, such as “house-mouse” (chores), “daisy-picking” (cleaning-up around the camp), recycling efforts and safety objectives.

  • US citizenship or US Permanent Resident Status 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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