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Antarctic Terminal Operations (ATO) Shift Supervisor

Government and Military

Facility Operations Specialist



Position Responsibilities:

  • Contributes to and generally supports efforts relating to Amentum’s SafeUp® Program.
  • Serves as a liaison with various Antarctica Support Contract (ASC) work centers and agencies and Antarctica New Zealand (AntNZ) personnel to ensure accurate and efficient cargo/passenger operations for both day and night shifts.
  • Coordinates transportation assets, personnel support, and equipment necessary to successfully conduct Antarctic Terminal Operations (ATO) functions at multiple airfields.
  • Maintains operational control over the Movement Control Center (MCC) cargo yards, cargo bay, airfields, and equipment.
  • Provides operational direction to ATO cargo and airfield personnel, and indirect operational direction for passenger services and shuttles personnel.
  • Supervises Airfield Shift Supervisor, Load Planner, and Air Transportation Specialist II positions.
  • Evaluates employees' performance throughout the season and provides end-of-season evaluations.
  • Responsible for training Load Planners and overseeing training for all other cargo personnel.
  • Responsible for the quality assurance of aircraft pallets, including hazardous segregation and proper restraint, aircraft load plans, and hazardous material documentation.
  • Implements standard operating procedures and assists in the review and revision of operating procedures, as required.
  • Interfaces with USAP Cargo staff, Cargo Coordinators, Fixed Wing personnel, and/or grantees to coordinate cargo priorities for all outgoing flights.
  • Ensures established priorities for passenger and cargo movements are adhered to for each outgoing flight.
  • Assists with the proper handling and monitoring of call forward or priority passenger/cargo requests.
  • Serves as the ATO point of contact (POC) for passenger and cargo issues in the absence of the Passenger Services Supervisor, Vehicle Operations Supervisor, MCC Supervisor and/or USAP Cargo Supervisor.
  • Helps field and troubleshoot cargo queries regarding aircraft loading issues, cargo/passenger priorities, and any other ATO-related discrepancies that may arise.
  • Assists the MCC Supervisor with completing safety/accident/incident reports.
  • Interacts with the National Science Foundation (NSF), military personnel, and other agency officials in a professional and tactful manner.
  • Plans and conducts daily/weekly safety meetings and maintains attendance and subject matter documentation.
  • Responsible for implementing and maintaining a safe workplace program and ensuring that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Required Education, Experience, Certificates and Licenses:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least two years’ experience in aviation/transportation including managing staff schedules, data management and resource tracking. An additional four years of experience will be accepted in lieu of a degree.
  • Airlift Mobility Command (AMC) Load Planner Certification must be attained prior to deployment; training is provided if current certification is not already held.
  • A minimum of two years of supervisory or leadership experience.

Expected Skills and Competencies:

  • Intermediate skills working within Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint)
  • Strong multi-tasking, organization, interpersonal, and customer service skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.


  • Previous experience with remote site logistics, preferably with the USAP.
  • Knowledge of passenger and cargo movement functions, including transport aircraft types, capabilities, and configurations; weight and balance factors; airlift transportation directives and documentation; cargo securing techniques; and interpreting and following aircraft load plans. Familiarity with automated data processing programs such as MAXIMO and ICODES.

Physical and/or Other Requirements:

  • Willingness and ability to deploy to Antarctica for extended periods
  • Successful completion of Medical and Dental examinations required by the NSF for deployment to Antarctica
  • Successful completion of drug screening and background check required by employer
  • Successful completion of Federal Background Check required by the NSF
  • Must be willing and able to lift and move items, parts, assemblies, and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum as required by the position.
  • Must be willing and able to perform physical activities including heavy lifting, climbing in and out of equipment, crawling, and working outdoors in extreme cold as required by the position.
  • Must participate in community programs, such as “house-mouse” (chores), “daisy-picking” (cleaning-up around the station), recycling efforts & safety objectives.
  • Valid Driver’s License issued in the United States
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain facility credentials/authorization. Note: US Citizenship is required for facility credentials/authorization at this work location.

Amentum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our 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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