PAE, Inc Water Plant Operator in McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Supporting the Most Exciting and Meaningful Missions in the World

Water Plant Operator

GENERAL DUTIES (not all inclusive):

The Water Plant Operator:

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

  • Operates to the best possible standards providing an uninterrupted water supply.

  • Monitors reverse osmosis units and ancillary equipment parameters.

  • Makes adjustments to water plant equipment insuring operation guidelines are followed

  • Starts, operates and secures reverse osmosis units and all associated auxiliary equipment essential to water plant operation.

  • Monitors Water Plant chemistry making chemical adjustments as necessary.

  • Maintains cleanliness of water plant.

  • Responds to unscheduled equipment or process failures.

  • Ensures efficient and economical operation of station water production equipment.

  • Completes maintenance records; maintains laboratory and operating logbooks and databases as required.

  • Maintains control of plant tools, manuals, repair parts, assemblies and consumables. Maintains inventory accuracy at 98% or better.

  • Works closely with and takes direction from the Operator in Responsible Charge (ORC) and coordinates in ordering repair and/or spare parts, maintenance parts, assemblies and consumables. Advises the Power & Water Supervisor of the status of water production equipment and systems. Works a rotating shift; day, swing or night shift.

  • Performs duties in support of division metrics (as provided by supervisor).

  • Supports the achievement of ASC metrics, whether metrics are directly or indirectly, affected by this position’s work activities.

  • Complies with all ASC Environmental Health & Safety, and Quality Assurance, requirements and goals. Provides documentation to these divisions as necessary to ensure adequate legal documentation.

  • Works to achieve ASC goals and contractual commitments.

  • Performs other duties as required.


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.

  • Colorado Class “D” Certification (or other states’ equivalent) required.

  • Colorado Class “C” Certification (or other states’ equivalent) preferred.

  • Minimum two years of experience in water production/treatment operations is required.

  • Reverse Osmosis experience is preferred.

  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office.

  • 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 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.

  • Must be willing and able to perform physical activities including heavy lifting, climbing in and out of equipment, crawling, and working outdoors.

  • US citizenship or Permanent US Resident status 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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