Gana-A'Yoo, Limited - Antarctic Program
  • 13-Jan-2023 to Until Filled (MST)
  • Waste Operations
  • ATA
  • Seasonal

POSITION: Waste Management Specialist

SEASON: Austral Winter (March 2023 - Oct 2023)

LOCATION: Palmer Station, Antarctica

SECTOR/DEPT: Six Mile, LLC Antarctica


Act as point of contact for Waste Management and attend weekly staff meetings and weekly teleconferences

Collect and package for shipment all solid and hazardous wastes on station

Follow all SOPs associated with position duties

Ensure proper documentation and filing of all paperwork on time

Review/update JHA and SDS binders and computer folders

Using the proper PPE for various tasks (correct gloves, respirator, safety glasses, etc.)

Quality check all shipping containers and correct discrepancies immediately

Process hazardous and radioactive waste per SOPs. This includes marking, labeling, weighing, and storing the drums or items into a shipping container.

Perform certain classification qualitative testing on items (pH testing, flash point testing, etc.)

Consolidate and labpack wastes as required per profile and classification

Safely operate various pieces of equipment on station (SkyTraks, ATVs, etc.)

Store processed haz wastes according to segregation requirements

Keep waste inventory records updated and accurate

Perform quality-assurance checks on inventory database and files

Provide hazardous waste, solid waste and spill briefings

Act as Spill Team Lead for entire station, write spill reports, and conduct trainings and drills

Organize, orient, and train members of Spill Team for outside spill response. Coordinate with staff of the visiting vessels as applicable

Maintain inventory of spill supplies in the two spill-vans and satellite spill kits

Assist station mechanic with weekly station fueling activities

Maintain / deploy spill-boom supplies for station fueling

Assist with general station needs, including snow removal, radio communications on assigned day, mini-GASH, GASH, and House Mouse activities

Conduct community Waste Briefs or other informational sessions if necessary

Collect and process Resale Items as needed

Maintain Maximo Resale work orders and provide end of season Maximo report to McMurdo Resale Admin and ASC Property Manager

Maintain a flexible schedule based on Vessel Operations, unusual hours, and other station-wide activities

Ensure seasonal replacement receives proper training, and maintain a log of this information

Troubleshoot any issues that arise and elevate them as needed

Supply manual labor (shoveling) for several hours if needed

Perform regular use of drum dollies, cargo straps, banding, shovels, pallet jacks, power tools and other tools

Perform regular physical activity, including bending, consistently lifting and carrying, reaching and gripping

Display self-motivation in physically challenging and atypical work environment; position is comprised of approximately 70% outdoor tasking

Maintain flexibility and positive attitude in a dynamic, fast-paced work setting

Perform duties in support of Operations Division metrics (as provided by supervisor)

Support the achievement of ASC metrics, whether metrics are directly or indirectly, effected by this position's work activities

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

Work to achieve ASC goals and contractual commitments

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

Perform other duties as required

Reports to Hazardous Waste Manager and Solid Waste Manager


2 years (or Antarctic seasons) of USAP Waste Management experience

College degree (2 additional years of experience will substitute)

Strong computer software experience

Able to lift 50 pounds consistently and wear a respirator

Valid Driver's License and Passport valid for six months after contract end

Physically able to be active for 9 hours daily

Must be able to lift the safety regulation maximum

Must pass physical qualification assessment

Able to deploy to Antarctica for length of contract


1 year of Hazardous Materials shipping/characterization or reporting experience ' OR ' 2 years of Environmental remediation

1 year of supervisory experience

1 year of High School Chemistry or equivalent

1 quarter of college General Chemistry

College degree in Chemistry or Environmental Science

OSHA HazWOPER 40-Hour, current

Familiarity with power tools and machinery

Equipment operating experience

Previous management or supervisory experience

EDUCATION: College degree (2 additional years of experience will substitute)

CERTIFICATIONS AND/OR LICENSING REQUIREMENTS: Valid Driver's License and passport valid for six months after end of contract.

OTHER: US citizenship or permanent residency required

Gana-A'Yoo, Limited (GYL), an Alaska Native Corporation, offers services with ongoing contracts in many facility types, such as; military training facilities, emergency management centers and temporary field sites.

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