Credit: photo by Rickey Gates, U.S. Antarctic Program, National Science Foundation

Antarctic Support Contract (ASC)

Supporting scientific research on the highest, driest, coldest, windiest and emptiest place on Earth requires exceptional logistics and planning expertise.

A few of the unique challenges include managing the world’s longest supply chain, building airfields on ice and snow, working in the world’s worst weather conditions, managing remote field camps, maintaining ice-breaking research vessels, and maintaining the largest research stations and laboratories on a bitterly cold and isolated continent.

Leidos is the prime contractor for the National Science Foundation’s United States Antarctic Program (USAP).

The program enables universities, research institutions and foreign nation programs to conduct valuable scientific research in the region.

Leidos works for the National Science Foundation (NSF)  to implement a cost-effective, streamlined infrastructure for managing elements such as work stations, medical facilities, communications, transportation, shipping, emergency response, housing, food services, science support, environmental protection, research vessels, construction projects and remote field camp support.

NSF and the USAP have been an anchoring U.S. presence in Antarctica since 1956 through its active and influential scientific research program, supporting unique fundamental discovery research that can only be conducted in Antarctica, as well as studying the Antarctic and its interactions with the rest of the planet.

Credit: photo by Rachel Murray, U.S. Antarctic Program, National Science Foundation

 

Jobs in the Antarctic

The majority of positions for ASC are contracted for a set period of time. Most people will work a contract during the busy austral summer season (October-February) at McMurdo or South Pole stations. There are also a select number of Antarctic winter positions available (February-October). Employees are expected to remain on station for the duration of their contract.

Most Antarctic operations take place at three U.S. stations (McMurdo, Palmer, and South Pole), two research vessels (the Laurence M. Gould and the Nathaniel B. Palmer), as well as field camps.

Salaries are competitive with similar positions in the U.S., and benefits are offered. Pay is direct deposited in your U.S. bank account. Airfare from your home to the station or research vessel is included, as is room and board.

Credit: photo by Peter Rejcek, U.S. Antarctic Program, National Science Foundation

In addition to the required job skills, all candidates must pass strict physical and dental examinations, a psychological examination for winter positions, a pre-employment background check, a drug screen, and proof of U.S. citizenship.

Employees live in dormitory rooms, with meals provided. Dining is cafeteria-style, and recreational opportunities include educational and physical activities.  Communication with family and friends is available through Internet and telephone. No personal use of Skype™ or similar types of video chat communication is allowed because of bandwidth limitations.

The program goals include:  understanding the region and how its ecosystems depend on the polar environment; understanding its effects on (and responses to) global processes such as climate; and using the region as a platform for fundamental research in every scientific discipline.  Antarctica's remoteness and extreme climate make it a unique and natural laboratory environment.

The Antarctic Support Contract team provides station operations, logistics, information technology, construction, maintenance and more on Antarctica and at support facilities worldwide.

Click on the links below to visit our partners, learn more about specific opportunities and apply for open positions.

Leidos PAE
Management and Science Support Logistics & Operations
Cost/Schedule Analyst Crane Operator
Management and Science Support Logistics & Operations
Database Administrator Carpenter
Engineering & Science Support Electrician
Facilities Engineer Environment, Health, and Safety Engineer
Financial Analyst Facility Engineer
Information Security Analyst Finance
Laboratory Assistant Firefighter
Marine Project Coordinator Fire Systems Technician
Network Engineer Flight Line Equipment Mechanic
Program Planner Fuels Operator
Project Manager Heavy Equipment Mechanics / Operators
Subcontract Administrator Human Resources Generalist
Winter Site Manager Lineman
  Machinist
Gana-A’Yoo Services Corporation (GSC) Maintenance / Construction Trades
Station Services Maintenance Specialist
Baker Materials person
Dining Attendant Mountaineer
Hairstylist Plumber
Janitor Power/Water Plant Technician
Cook Surveyor
Retail Clerk Waste Water Treatment Operator
  Welder
   
GHG Corporation Best Recycling
IT and Communications Waste Management
Antenna Rigger Haz Waste Technician
Communications Technician Recycling Technician
Telco / Radio  
Computer Technician University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
Marine Science Technician Medical Services
Network Engineer Biomed Equip Repair
IT Supervisor Flight Nurse
Satcom Engineer / Technician Medical Lab Technician
System Administrator Nurse
Telecommunications Technician Nurse Practitioner/ Physician Assistant
  Pharmacy Technician
  Physician
  Radiology Technician