Safety Coordinator/EMT (JOB19-10)
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Classification:Environmental Health & Safety 2
Work type: Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:Institute of Arctic Biology
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.
10 General 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.
• 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 areas Non-Essential
10 Lead 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.
• 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 staff Non-Essential
10 Provide 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
• 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 trainings Essential
15 Hazardous 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.
• Creates, manages, coordinates and/or monitors hazardous material and
hazardous waste programs, in conjunction with the University of Alaska
• 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
25 Safety 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.
• 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
• 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
• Conducts regular inspections of Toolik Field Station buildings and
• 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 radios Essential
25 The 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/accident Essential
5 Reporting 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 trainings Essential
The committee will begin the review of applications on, January 4, 2019. To ensure consideration, please submit your application and all required materials no later than
11:55 pm on January 4, 2019. This posting will remain open until filled.
Applicants are required to submit:
cover letter expressing interest in this position.
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
TYPICAL EDUCATION OR TRAINING:
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.
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
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.
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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