TFS Expeditor (TFS Seasonal, JOB18-28)

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Classification:Temporary Technical Seasonal
Grade:Temporary Staff Grade 75
Work type:Temporary
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:Institute of Arctic Biology
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Toolik Field Station at the Institute of Arctic Biology is seeking applications from enthusiastic individuals to work as a Seasonal Expeditor for the 2018 Summer Field Season.


15Project assistance to research groups using Toolik Field Station. This position communicates and coordinates with projects working out of Toolik Field Station on issues relating to transportation, logistics, supplies, and procurement. This includes ensuring that requested supplies are forwarded to camp in a timely and appropriate manner.Essential
25Maintenance of TFS vehicle fleet. The TFS logistics office manages a fleet of around 9 NSF federally plated trucks, 4 UAF trucks, some IAB legacy trucks, and variable numbers of out of state project trucks. All trucks are operated on the remote and demanding Dalton Highway. This position assists the Logistics Coordinator with the scheduling and operation of the truck fleet with approximately 100 round trips and hundreds of individual passengers on the Dalton Highway annually. This position assists the Logistics Coordinator in the maintenance of the entire truck fleet, including simple maintenance (bulbs, fluids,…etc.), washing, cleaning, 360 degree maintenance and safety checks, repair to CB radios and toppers, and coordination with repair shops in town. Major maintenance and repairs are contracted with local shops. Maintenance records are required to be maintained. This position sometimes performs driving orientations for drivers of TFS vehicles with emphasis on Dalton Highway driving safety. This position maintains driving records as per federal insurance and UAF requirements.Essential
25Pickup, delivery, and procurement of field station and project supplies. This position receives supply requests, checks requests for accuracy, prioritizes requests, and picks supplies up at vendors around Fairbanks, and occasionally uses a departmental Procard to procure items. Requests come from multiple departments, including maintenance, GIS, environmental monitoring, meteorological station, camp operations, and food service. Requests can be technical and complex in nature and require a technical understanding of each operation.Essential
25Shipping and receiving. This position performs shipping and receiving functions for Toolik Field Station. This includes logging and labeling of all freight between Fairbanks and TFS. This position maintains this information in an online tracking system. This position helps research projects from around the world to prepare shipments of sometimes technical and hazardous equipment to and from home institutions to Toolik Field Station.Essential
5Daily logistics office tasks. This position answers telephones, fields questions, assists visiting researchers with local support, collects and distributes mail, and maintains storage areas.Essential
5Travel to Toolik Field Station. This position will be required on occasion to drive groups consisting of staff and researchers between Fairbanks and Toolik Field Station. The position will provide safe transportation along a remote, industrial, and sometimes poorly maintained highway. Short shifts filling in Field Operations or Winter Assistants may be required.Essential

Toolik Field Station is a remote scientific reach station located 360 road miles north of Fairbanks on the rural Dalton Highway. The population of the station can vary from 3 to 150 residents at a time (over 400 different individuals annually) coming from all over the world. This position supports the residents and staff at the station from the Toolik support offices located on the UAF campus, as well as periodically in residence at Toolik Field Station.  The position is a summer temporary position providing logistics support to the station and its researchers.

This position requires a broad knowledge of building systems, scientific equipment, vehicle maintenance and repair, construction, and food service operations. Must be knowledgeable in all TFS department areas in order to effectively find substitute products; knowledge of vehicle operation, maintenance, and repair. Must be familiar with the operation of one ton trucks, including gas and diesel engines, 4 wheel drive operations, tire changing, and proper maintenance schedules. Must be able to drive and orient others in driving rural Alaska highways; knowledge of computer operation, e-mail, spreadsheets, data entry and online scheduling and tracking systems; skills in freight shipment preparation, must be able to accurately direct high volumes of freight, and must be knowledgeable of proper shipping methods and techniques including ground, air, and hazardous materials; must be able to learn all appropriate 49 CFR and IATA regulations; skills in records management. Must be able to maintain accurate procurement logs, travel logs, truck schedules, freight logs, and daily logs; strong organizational and planning abilities; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to organize and present information; ability to exercise good judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions; must be able to be certified in forklift operation; must be able to travel to the North Slope of Alaska and live and work with a variety of people in a close environment; must have the ability to load trucks and vans with cargo of varying shapes, sizes, and weights; must maintain a valid Alaska's drivers license and meet all UAF and federal driver's requirements, including criteria on this form:


Please upload a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for at least 3 professional references along with your application.

Background Check:
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Training Policy:
It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at:

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