Carpenter Foreman, Antarctica

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Carpenter Foreman

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Carpenter Foreman


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

Position Responsibilities (not all inclusive) :

Supervise the activities of Carpenters and Carpenter Apprentices
Supervise and perform hands-on carpentry tasks on construction and maintenance projects
Supervise and perform hands-on diagnosis, repair, and scheduled Preventative Maintenance on existing buildings and infrastructure 
May coordinate, supervise, and perform all aspects of field camp construction, maintenance and upgrades, working closely with all trades involved in field camp construction, maintenance and winterization (McMurdo only)
May be required to supervise other trades involved in field or science specific construction (McMurdo only)
Perform construction related tasks in and around undeveloped and remote areas as well as in adverse conditions 
Maintain and update departmental inventory records and materials usage 
Coordinate material and labor support from other work centers and departments 
Create design drawings under the direction of Construction Coordinator, Construction Superintendent and/or Supervisor and accomplish as-built drawings during and after construction for reference purposes  
Accomplish various projects through the creation and utilization of design drawings and specifications 
Perform tasks requiring repeated heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, digging, hauling, standing, walking, kneeling, stooping, and squatting 
Create project schedules and updates, progress reports, and completion reports in electronic format as required 
Timely response to emergency service calls during and outside normal working hours 
Maintain effective communication between departments and represent department as needed at operational meetings 
Assist with ensuring accurate material and labor charge code use, and accurate timecard submittal 
Interact with the National Science Foundation, military and other agency officials, both over the telephone and in person 
Accurate and thorough documentation of hours worked, tasking performed, materials used, and processes involved
Advise supervisor of job progress, material/labor requirements, and personnel matters 
Accomplish tasking utilizing design drawings, specifications, and 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)
Evaluate labor and material needs for tasking and assign duties to subordinate staff as appropriate 
Interpret schedules, design drawings, specifications and diagrams to carry out tasking 
Routinely inspect worksites and evaluate staff tasking 
Ensure staff attendance of required trainings and maintain records of departmental trainings   
Evaluate and identify job hazards and effectively communicate information to staff verbally and in writing through various venues, including weekly and daily crew meetings 
Responsible for providing timely performance feedback to staff and timely submission of end-of-season evaluations to Human Resources 
Provide suggestions and recommendations for re-hiring, termination and advancement of staff 
Works with Human Resources to address conflict or personnel issues as they arise 
Handle confidential matters (personnel actions, management reports, etc. ) in accordance with management policy and with the highest degree of professionalism 
Communicate professionally, both orally and in writing, with subordinates as needed to relay information they need in order to be successful in their jobs. This includes, but is not limited to, staff meetings, performance appraisals, job requirements, division metrics, Quality Assurance procedures, and safety practices.
Assist with the ordering of resupply materials for the department to maintain adequate inventory on station 
Access, review, and approve employee timesheets and Maximo Work Orders,
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 
Implement and maintain Work Center Safety Program and participate in 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 6 years of documented experience in most phases of the carpentry trade, including rough framing, finish carpentry, and design & layout 
Minimum 2 of the 6 years must be in a lead, foreman or supervisory position   

Expected Skills and Competencies:

Ability to read and interpret design drawings, specifications, and diagrams 
Minimum intermediate level computer skills with MS Office Suite experience to include Word, Excel and Outlook
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


Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, or Basic to Advanced first aid training (McMurdo Summer only)
Experience in construction and/or maintenance of commercial and/or industrial facilities
Experience working in remote locations or extreme environments
Experience with Maximo or other Computerized Maintenance Management System

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 R0084357 2023. 03. 10

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