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Job #: R-00089495
Location: Remote, US
Category: Proj and Prog Management
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 75%
Clearance: Public Trust
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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Job Description:

The Science Traverses Field Supervisor will join an exciting team as part of the Field Area within the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC). The Science Traverses Field is responsible for annual in season operations and out-year strategic planning of science tractor traverse program.

As a leader in the Field Area the position reports to the Leidos ASC Field Operations Manager and advises NSF leadership on all matters related to Science Traversing. Coordinates science traverse program with field operations manager, science project management and field fleet maintenance supervisor. Integrates with all internal stakeholders regarding traverse planning. Collaborates with the Field Operations Manager and other Field Supervisors to provide a unified leadership and mentorship presence to all field operations staff.

About the Antarctic Support Contract:

Leidos Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) is the prime contractor to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). Leidos supports the NSF’s Office of Polar Program’s Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics by aligning with their Mission and Vision Statements:

  • Vision Expanding our scientific reach in Antarctica through increased operational and logistical effectiveness.

  • Mission:  To provide the operational and logistical platform necessary for the U.S. to conduct world-class science in Antarctica and maintain its active and influential presence on the continent.

Leidos ASC provides science and logistics support for approximately 150 science and technical events across three geographically remote research stations; McMurdo Station, Palmer Station, and South Pole Station and several deep field sites across Antarctica. Each station or field site supports world class research across multiple science disciplines.  The planning and implementation of science support requirements in Antarctica is a critical part of our mission.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Acts as lead science traversing subject matter expert within ASC. Collaborates with ASC hiring managers and other agencies as required to develop traverse teams. Provides training and mentorship on USAP science traversing field practices to traverse personnel.

  • Coordinates with work center supervisors as appropriate. Collaborates with field area management, recruiting, and human resources as needed. Clearly communicates traverse life reality and expectations to candidates.

  • Procures and tracks science traverse and project related equipment and supplies. Places purchase requisitions and monitors Port Hueneme and McMurdo Station delivery dates.

  • Coordinates with Project Managers, Field Operations and Science Support Planning to determine overland traverse support requirements. Determines traverse cargo loads, fuel requirements and delivery capacity, priorities, and schedule.

  • Prepares science traverse support information packages and works with traverse supervisors to ensure all necessary equipment is requested. Creates timelines, population and fuel spreadsheets for multiple traverse operations.

  • Creates and updates science traverse standard operating procedures and traverse staff training scheme. Includes field safety protocols and emergency response plans.

  • Reviews scientific research requirements and assist with planning and scheduling support. Participates in SIP reviews and planning meetings.

  • Assists the field operations manager and project managers in outyear planning. Responsible for strategic resources planning with a quarterly report of the 6-year look ahead for science traverse allocations.

  • Organizes and plans camp manager and traverse supervisor TDY timing, priorities and tasking in coordination with PM’s requirements.

  • Works with traverse leaders, project managers, and science teams to develop operational traverse plans. During austral summer this position collaborates with traverse teams, Field area leadership, and other stakeholders to execute the traverse plan. Responsible for safety topics at science traverse meetings in McMurdo Station, including field safety procedures and protocols.

  • Communicates frequently with science traverse teams for daily & weekly planning and documents previous week’s accomplishments.

  • Produces daily situation reports and weekly/annual reports summarizing traverse operations at request of the Field Operations Manager.

  • Executes project plans in coordination with the Field Area Management, the Field Operations Manager, and Science Project Managers.

  • Sets priorities for science traverse schedules, maintenance and cargo movements.

  • Interacts with National Science Foundation, other sub-contractors (e.g. air support providers), military, other agency officials, and Antarctica New Zealand, both over the telephone and in person, in a professional and tactful manner.

  • Oversees science traverse safety program. Submits required documentation for accidents, incidents and near misses in a timely manner.

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

Basic Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree is required along with 4-8 years of experience. Equivalent Experience accepted in lieu of a degree.

  • Valid Drivers license required.

  • Current Wilderness First Responder preferred, ability to become WFR certified before first deployment required.

  • Incident Command System (ICS) 100 and 200 certifications required (training offered on-line through FEMA).

  • Three years’ experience in resource planning is required.

  • Three years’ experience must be in supervision or management of employees is required.

  • Must have experience in remote field camp and tractor traverse operations.

  • Experience working with heavy equipment supported field programs is required.

  • Must demonstrate excellent customer service background.

  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills along with the ability to work well under pressure.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software suite and working knowledge of basic computer applications is required (ex. cargo tracking software).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Technical degree, certificate in diesel maintenance preferred.

  • Direct field camp experience working in Antarctic field camps is highly desirable

  • Glacial travel, basic mountaineering, and sea ice experience is preferred

  • Experience in field based science or science support

  • Two seasons of direct traverse experience working in Polar climates is preferred

  • Experience in any combination of the following: weather reporting, equipment maintenance, risk management, aviation, ground penetrating radar, construction, fuel operations, and/or logistics.

Deployment required in this position during the Austral Summer (4-5 months).

Depending on candidate’s preference and traverse tasking, this position may also have opportunities to deploy during Winfly (August-October). If required for science traverse leadership and/or training, this position may also spend occasional periods away from fixed stations.
The individual in the position 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.

US citizenship or permanent residence required.

Must be able to maintain a Public Trust security clearance.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $74,750.00 - $115,000.00 - $155,250.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.


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