Safety Coordinator/EMT (JOB19-10)

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Classification:Environmental Health & Safety 2
Grade:Grade 79
Work type:Staff Full-time
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 (TFS) at the Institute of Arctic Biology (IAB) is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced EMT and Station Safety Coordinator. TFS is a world-renowned Arctic field station located 360 road miles north of Fairbanks on the rural Dalton Highway. The remote station supports researchers, students, and others from around the world. The population of the station can vary from 3 in the winter months to 150 residents in the summer (over 400 different individuals annually) and is open 365 days a year. This position oversees one seasonal EMT/Safety Coordinator during the summer season (May-September). Reports to and coordinates with the TFS Facility Supervisor. Train seasonal and full-time staff. Develops Toolik Field Station safety program and policies. This position requires residence at TFS one-half to three-quarters time from April through September and halftime from October through March. During the summer, the position rotates schedule with the seasonal EMT/Safety Coordinator. TFS will consider training the right candidate in different aspects of the position, including Wilderness First Responder certification, hazardous materials management and EMT I/II certification.


10General Operations Assistant Marginal During low camp populations in the winter months, as well as busy times when assistance is needed, this position will operate as a general assistant. Additional tasking will occur on an as-needed basis, in collaboration with the Facility Supervisor and other staff. Self-tasking and autonomy is an important component of this position, with expected down time when all required tasks are accomplished. This position: • Acts as operations, maintenance, or kitchen assistant when needed. Tasking may include: fueling, driving station vehicles, operating incinerator, cleaning, assisting with on-site set-up and post season closure, snow removal, maintenance, etc. • Cooks meals for small groups up to 10 people and cleans preparation and dining areasNon-Essential
10Lead seasonal and temporary EMTs Marginal The TFS Safety Coordinator and EMT assists in the hiring, training and onboarding of seasonal EMT staff and lead those staff in day-to-day tasking. This position: • Alternates in the summer months with the seasonal EMT staff • Assists the Facility Supervisor with annual hiring of seasonal EMT staff • Designs and leads training and tasking of seasonal EMT staff • Works with the Facility Supervisor to set expectations, evaluate performance and goals of seasonal EMT staffNon-Essential
10Provide Safety and Medical Training Essential The TFS Safety Coordinator and EMT organizes and instructs medical and safety training to TFS staff and the TFS user community. Training may include first aid, CPR, arctic field safety, watercraft safety, fire extinguisher use, driver’s training, tower climbing/rescuing, and others. *Certain certifications can be offered to the right applicant to meet job requirements This position: • Orients new employees and users in areas of safety • Instructs field safety, CPR, and first aid classes, and other safety training • Develops training materials that are applicable to the station life, and organizes safety training for staff of the organization on a regular basis • Leads efforts to organize training sessions throughout the field season • Tracks all staff training records and ensures that everyone is current in their mandatory trainingsEssential
15Hazardous Materials Coordinator Essential The TFS Safety Coordinator and EMT manages and monitors hazardous material and waste generated by research groups and the station operations. Facilitate compliance with UAF policies and procedures that deal with hazardous chemicals. This position: • Creates, manages, coordinates and/or monitors hazardous material and hazardous waste programs, in conjunction with the University of Alaska Fairbanks EHSRM. • Respond to hazardous waste incidents and spills and participates, monitors, or leads in clean-up procedures as needed • Knows hazardous material transportation regulations • Is part of the spill response team, works with Maintenance Manager to maintain station SPCC plan, tanks, fueling apparatus, and containments • Monitors and tests station waste water levels, coordinates and oversees vacuum trucks for wastewater disposal • Coordinates hazardous material storage, shipments, inventory and disposal.Essential
25Safety Coordinator Toolik Field Station takes seriously its responsibility to provide a safe environment for all residents and staff of the station. This position plays a key role in promoting and maintaining a safe workplace and ensuring safety is a priority for all users. This position: • Works closely with its supervisor, the Toolik management team, other TFS employees, and the UAF Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management (EHSRM) department to identify safety-related issues and develop policies that make sense for the station’s operations and that ensure the safety of all. • Develops, assesses and implements emergency operations and action plans in conjunction with UAF EHSRM Department and TFS staff • Intervenes in the case of unsafe activities or operations being carried out by employees or station residents within the workplace • Participate in Toolik Field Station activities to promote inclusion and a safe workplace, including conducting trainings and developing resources • Responsible for helping disseminate information to support safe lab and field operations • Is a primary contact for reporting of sexual misconduct and other activity that is contrary to an inclusive community • Participates in accident investigation/analysis • Responsible for keeping records of safety-related incidents and recommendation/administration of corrective measures • Performs evaluation of safety policies, methods, and programs. • Initiates stop work procedures where serious risks to health, life and property exist • Conducts regular inspections of Toolik Field Station buildings and infrastructure • Advises and supports staff in reporting of safety incident • Represent TFS as the expert resource with external regulatory agencies • Manages TFS fire extinguishers, including inventory and recertification • Operates radiosEssential
25The TFS Safety Coordinator and EMT, under the sponsorship of an off-site physician sponsor, provides emergency medical services to the TFS community. Medical services are usually performed at an EMT II level or above, or under Wilderness First Responder protocols: · Acts as the on-site Emergency Medical Technician and emergency Wilderness First Responder. · Operates on-call while at TFS to address medical requests and emergencies · Greets and escorts patients to EMT hut · Takes and documents vital signs and chief complaints · Enters notes, maintains and manages patients’ medical records until transfer/transport if needed · Prepares and administers oral and parenteral medications under direction of physician sponsor · Communicates information to appropriate medical care provider · Cleans, maintains, inventories EMT facility and medical equipment and supplies; Order and replenish supplies as needed · Assists as needed staff and UAF users in submitted Workman’s Compensation documents following an incident/accidentEssential
5Reporting and Administration Toolik Field Station has an array of reporting requirements. The station also has many different systems, many electronic or web-based, to help administer and summarize the complex operation. · Assists writing departmental reports for NSF, TFS and university management, and other reporting requirements. · Compiles and reports different metrics of camp use and support · File training records and track trainingsEssential

Review Date:

The committee will begin the review of applications on, February 1,  2019. To ensure consideration, please submit your application and all required materials no later than 11:55 pm on February 1, 2019.  This posting will remain open until filled. 

Applicants are required to submit:

  • cover letter expressing interest in this position.
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Contact information for 3 professional references


Knowledge of emergency first response, hazardous materials operations for first responders, hazardous material storage and transportation regulations, safety inspections, emergency pre-plans, field safety and first aid instructional methods are required for this position.

Must have the ability to maintain confidentiality and privacy for patients and TFS users. Must have appropriate “bedside manner” and be approachable and personable with the TFS community.

Aptitudes required for work of this nature are good physical stamina, endurance, and body condition that would not be adversely affected by frequently having to walk, stand, lift, carry, and balance at times, in excess of 125 pounds. Motor coordination is necessary because, over uneven terrain, the patient’s, the Paramedic’s, and other workers’ well-being must not be jeopardized.

Must be able to work at heights (tower climbing).

The successful candidate will work independently as well as with a wide variety of faculty, staff, and students; working in adverse weather conditions while performing tasks accurately.

  • The successful candidate for this position must clearly demonstrate they possess the following requirements.

EMT I or higher emergency medical certification (or the ability to obtain EMT II certification within a short period of time)

At least 3 years of providing medical or emergency services.

Valid driver’s license

  • Additionally, the incumbent will need to demonstrate their ability: 

Driving in extreme conditions: 4x4, remote roads, dirt, snow/ice

  • Although not required for consideration, the following knowledge/experience is also preferred:

EMT II certification

Advance Emergency Medical Technician

It is preferred that applicants have experience as an instructor or CPR and first aid, in operation trucks and off-road vehicles, wilderness EMT or FR certification and hazardous material certifications, but they are not required for this position.

TFS will consider training the right candidate in different aspects of the position, including Wilderness First Responder certification, hazardous materials management, and EMT II certification, Firefighter 1 certification, State of Alaska Class II Portable Fire Extinguisher Permit


Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, occupational health & safety, industrial hygiene, or other related fields, and two years progressively responsible relevant experience (i.e. environmental health & safety), or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Professional licensure or certification may be required.

Background Check:

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

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.   During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

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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Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

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