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United States Antarctic Program   McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Hazardous Waste Supervisor

Governance, NGO, Public sector
West Antarctic region
2 weeks ago

Coordinate with Hazardous Waste Manager to set priority for department

Ensure all incoming employees receive proper training, and maintain a log of this information

Coordinate with other departments to ensure efficient pick up and processing of hazardous waste

Daily tasking and supervision of department

Assist with writing mid- and post-season evaluation for the crew

Attend weekly meetings in the event of Hazardous Waste Manager’s absence

Conduct community Waste Briefs or other informational sessions if necessary

Troubleshoot any issues that arise and elevate them to Hazardous Waste Manager as needed

Picking up hazardous waste and associated paperwork from various departments on station, assuring quality of information on Hazardous Waste Identification Sheet (HWIS)

Process waste accordingly. This includes marking, labeling, weighing, and storing the drums or items into a shipping container. Updating the HWIS form with any required information

Daily use of a drum dolly, pallet jack, banding equipment, power tools, shovels, and other tools.

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

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

Lab packing

Safe operation of a M4K (Pickle)

Accurate input into hazardous waste tracking database

Quality check all shipping containers and correct discrepancies immediately

Follow all JHA’s, and update them if needed

Assist the Solid Waste Department as needed

During Vessel and Tanker Operations, work 12 hour shifts, either day or night shift

Active member of the Spill Response Team:

Be on call 24-hours a day for approximately one week of each month

Be able to supply manual labor (shoveling) for several hours if needed

Write spill reports, if applicable

Position requires constant physical activity, including bending, consistently lifting and carrying 50 – 70 lbs, reaching and gripping

Agrees with and adheres to the Standard Operating Procedures and tasking responsibilities of the Waste department

Able to work in a team unit composed of diverse personalities

Displays self-motivation in physically challenging and atypical work environment; position is comprised of approximately 90% outdoor tasking

Able to maintain flexibility and positive attitude in a dynamic, fast-paced work setting

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

Supports the achievement of ASC metrics, whether metrics are directly or indirectly, effected 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 and legal documentation

Works 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


2 years (or Ice seasons) of 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

Ability to pass background check and drug screening. A prerequisite of employment for this position is to successfully gain a favorable Elevated Background Investigation (EBI) result prior to deployment. Candidates hired for this position will be required to complete; online forms, written forms, fingerprint cards and provide additional details and information as requested by National Science Foundation (NSF) Personnel Security.


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

1 year of supervisory experience

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


College degree (2 additional years of experience will substitute)


US citizenship or permanent residency and passport required.




United States Antarctic Program