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    This position is located in the Directorate for Geosciences, Office of Polar Programs (OPP). Consisting of four sections with a staff of 50, OPP is one of the most diversified organizations in the National Science Foundation. OPP supports research in all areas of fundamental science and engineering in the polar regions through research grants and awards to universities and other research organizations. Its responsibilities also include management of the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) which provides for infrastructure, operations, and logistics needed for the conduct of its research programs. OPP supports research programs in the Antarctic focused on glaciology, astrophysics and geospace sciences, ocean and climate science, earth sciences, organisms and ecosystems, integrated system science as well as providing for multidisciplinary research support and instrumentation. In addition, OPP interfaces with other federal agencies to meet their mission needs in Antarctica, and interfaces with foreign national Antarctic programs for cooperation in logistical support for science or for US interests under the Antarctic Treaty.

    The Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section is responsible for planning, budgeting, and overseeing the science support, infrastructure, operations, and logistics support for the USAP. This includes: direct field and laboratory support for 150–180 Antarctic field research projects; operation, engineering and construction needed to maintain three permanent Antarctic stations and the supporting infrastructure; oversight for the operation of two icebreaking research vessels; development of specialized information technology and communication infrastructure;and coordinating the airlift, and sealift that comprise the Antarctic logistics infrastructure.

    The Station Manager will provide on-site day-to-day oversight of the operation of supporting infrastructure and facilities at McMurdo Station in Antarctica for the execution of the annual program plan as well as oversee logistics and operations decisions impacting the execution of programs at South Pole and inland field locations. They will ensure that the operation is responsive to Program functions that include science support;safety and health;logistics; information technology development; facilities, engineering, and construction. The incumbent will work within a diverse section that is composed of full time program managers, DoD liaison officers, contract personnel, and support staff.

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    The Station Manager has the following specific responsibilities:

    A. Off-Ice (Period where the incumbent is not deployed and is in intermittent work status at a location of their choosing). Incumbent is only in a paid status as work requirements dictate.

    Participates in activities that are conducted by NSF-OPP and its USAP partners related to review of the prior austral season, planning for activities in the upcoming season, and meeting various training requirements.

    Examples could include:

    1. Attend the Annual Planning Meeting. This conference is conducted for the heads of the primary USAP agencies; OPP-AIL, Support Forces Antarctica (SFA) and the USAP prime contractor.
    2. Attend project or budget reviews.
    3. Various training.
    B. On-Ice (Period where the incumbent is deployed at McMurdo Station, Antarctica and in full-time work status. Approximately six-months of the year.). When deployed, incumbent recieves Foreign Post Differential Pay, in addition to base pay.

    Duties during this period include:
    1. Serves as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal. The U.S. Deputy Attorney General has authorized the U.S. Marshal Service to appoint the NSF Station Manager as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal. As Special Deputy U.S. Marshal the NSF Station Manager is authorized to search, detain and arrest for specific offenses alleged to have been committed by a United States person at any Antarctic location.
    2. Provides on-site day-to-day oversight of the operation of supporting infrastructure and facilities at McMurdo Station for the execution of the annual program plan as well as oversee logistics and operations decisions impacting the execution of programs at South Pole and inland field locations.
    3. Provides prioritization of efforts to USAP partners when resource conflicts or limitations occur.
    4. Provides technical direction, where applicable, to the contractor in the areas of station operation.
    5. Coordinates closely with AIL colleagues to ensure the requirements of their areas of responsibility are being met.
    6. Implements regulations in conservation and environmental stewardship and ensures compliance with permits issued for collecting biological specimens and other regulatory measures affecting persons working in Antarctica under auspices of the USAP.
    7. Provides on-site representation to maintain internal controls on the support aspects of USAP in accordance with OMB Circular A-123 for control of waste, fraud and abuse.
    8. When assigned, serves as the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) for the performance of work under several contracts and Inter-Agency Agreements (IAA), providing OPP representation and limited approval authority on-site with the NSF support contractors for timely, up-to-date, and cost effective technical and contractual program management.
    9. Provides frequent status updates (written and oral) to the Antarctic Operations Manager.
    10. Serves as Director of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) when emergency or Search and Rescue (SAR) situations arise.
    11. Provides program performance reviews and compliance audits of the USAP support contractor.
    12. Coordinates, as necessary, with other National Antarctic Programs in support of the USAP mission.
    13. Deploys to other Antarctic stations, as directed.

    C. The Station Manager assumes the duties of the NSF Representative, Antarctica, when that position is not formally delegated to another member of OPP (typically March-September annually). Service as the NSF Representative, Antarctica entails the following principal duties:
    1. Coordinates science and NSF contractor requirements with other USAP participant organizations (including the Commander, SFA), to carry out the annual USAP operational plan. Reports to NSF/OPP any instances where the operational units are not making a reasonable effort to fulfill the objectives of the USAP.
    2. Advise the Antarctic Operations Manager, Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section Head, and other stakeholders in the Office of Polar Programs on the progress and problems of the operations measured against current program plans and requirements.
    3. Serves as the on-site federal representative (in support of, and in coordination with, the Contract Officer Representative (COR) and OPP/AIL Activity Based Managers (ABMs)) for oversight and direction of the NSF contractor's efforts at McMurdo, South Pole, and inland field locations in support of the annual program plan.
    4. Coordinates with the NSF Science Representative to assure USAP meets support requirements for all domestic and International Antarctic Research Programs.

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    Federal Appropriations Law requires that Non-Citizens meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered eligible.

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