Carpenter Apprentice, Antarctica

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Carpenter Apprentice

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Carpenter Apprentice


Seasonal Contract positon supporting the National Science Foundation managed United States Antarctic Program as part of the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) . Carpenter Apprentices will perform maintenance or construction work, or any combination thereof, under the supervision of the Carpenter Foreman. Tasking is based on employee’s prior work experience and ASC schedule requirements.

Position Responsibilities (not all inclusive) :

Perform rough framing and finish carpentry utilizing a variety of materials and tools
Assist Carpenters with various carpentry tasks
Performs construction related tasks in and around undeveloped and remote areas as well as in adverse conditions 
Track material usage and update departmental inventory records
Coordinate materials and support from other departments
Perform tasks requiring repeated heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, digging, hauling, standing, walking, kneeling, stooping and squatting
Timely response to emergency service calls during and outside of normal working hours
Accurate and thorough documentation of hours worked, tasking performed, materials used, and processes involved
Advise immediate Supervisor of job progress and material/labor requirements
Accomplish tasking utilizing design drawings, specifications, and wiring diagrams
Follow established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) , suggest revisions as needed, and create SOPs as directed
Perform tasking outdoors in environmentally challenging conditions including wind and extreme cold weather
Routinely utilize independent judgment and discretion to identify potential issues and solve problems
Proactively identify any unsafe conditions, hazards, or Code violations and communicate them effectively
Work directly with other departments to plan and complete tasking
Learn and effectively utilize computer-based labor, material, and maintenance tracking applications
May deploy to remote research support facilities for day trips or extended periods (McMurdo only)
Occasionally utilize the assistance of other station personnel to complete tasking, or assist other trades or departments with their tasking
Comply with all ASC Environmental, Safety and Health (ESH) , Waste Management and Quality Assurance requirements
Participate in Work Center Safety Program and ASC safety objectives
Participate in community programs such as “house-mouse” (chores) , “daisy-picking” (station clean-up) , “GASH” (galley clean-up at Palmer) , and recycling efforts
Perform other duties as required

Required Education, Experience, Certificates and Licenses:

Minimum 2 years’ experience in the carpentry trade 

Expected Skills and Competencies:                                                                                                                 

Willingness and ability to take and follow direction
Possess prior computer experience and be able and willing to learn and effectively utilize computer-based labor, inventory, and maintenance tracking applications
Possess the competencies, willingness and ability to perform the duties of position


Experience including rough framing, finish carpentry, and other phases of carpentry
Experience accomplishing metal stud framing
Experience hanging and finishing drywall
Experience working in remote locations or extreme environments 
Ability to read and interpret design drawings, specifications, and diagrams
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Physical and/or Other


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



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.


Security Clearance Required: yes

Amentum / Equal Opportunity Employer

JBAMN R0084356 2023. 03. 25

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