Greenland Medic

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

SOM/ Department of Emergency Medicine

Instructor- Greenland Medic

Position #00731303- Requisition 15220

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Nature of Work:
Polar Field Services (PFS/CPS) is the prime logistics Subcontractor for the National Science Foundation (NSF), which funds research activities throughout the Arctic. Research is often conducted in very remote portions of the Arctic where there is little to no access to immediate emergency medical services and/or facilities. CPS provides a basic remote medical kit(s) and Iridium phone(s) to many of these remote field camps while other groups provide their own medical supplies and medications. UCD has been contracted to provide medical support for the suite of research activities ongoing in the Arctic.

Summit Station is a CPS supported research facility located at 10,500 feet in elevation at 72.5 degrees North, 38.5 degrees West near the summit of the Greenland ice sheet. Summit Station is open year round. During the winter months, the population is 5-6 people and staff are Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certified. During the months of April - August, the population increases to range from 30-50 people including researchers funded by the NSF to conduct research projects and CPS station operations personnel. The April - August time-frame is staffed by a subcontracted medic (currently certified Paramedic, Nurse Practitioner and/or Physician's Assistant). During any season, flights in and out of Summit can result in evacuation delays of up to 5 days. Staff and researchers using the station are generally working outside in extreme temperatures. Altitude illness is the most common complaint at Summit Station.

The medic is part of a small operational crew onsite to support the science activities in the summer. Population varies in the summer, and indoor heated space is limited, shared and public (with the exception of berthing rooms.) Common courtesy and respect are required, and the operational crew play a role in assisting short-term visitors to achieve a successful trip. Shared tasking is assigned as needed, but at all times, the medic's priority will be the safety of station personnel. As a subcontractor, the medic represents the National Science Foundation and a professional approach is required in all circumstances.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • The Subcontractor's medical personnel are responsible for maintaining the camp medical inventory on an existing spreadsheet, as well as preparing resupply orders for needed supplies, to include vendor sourcing.
  • They will provide feedback on inventory items to meet the needs of a remote field station.
  • The field medical personnel play an integral role in the operations crew of Summit Station.
  • They are expected to participate in collateral station duties as requested and are subject to station policies.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at:


Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Each person working at Summit for longer than one flight period (staff and researchers) must pass an NSF medical and dental exam.
  • Paramedic, Nurse, NP or PA, MD or DO
  • 2 years minimum experience

Required Competencies/ Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Experience with wilderness medicine, altitude and living and working in extreme snow and cold conditions
  • High angle rescue

Desired Qualifications:

  • Technical climbing or rescue experience
  • Previous wilderness first responder training
  • Previous international experience

Conditions of Employment:

Staff and researchers using the station are generally working outside in extreme temperatures. Altitude illness is the most common complaint at Summit Station. The Medic is proactive in preparing visitors for such risks.

The Medic Position at Summit Station, Greenland 24/7 is scheduled through the end of July. These dates include transit days plus 1 day safety training and orientation in NY en route to Greenland.

Special Instructions to Applicants:REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2). A current resume/CV. 3). List of 3- 5 professional references. Questions should be directed to Frances Schulz at [email protected]

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20353 - SOM-Emergency Medicine

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Nov 27, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Frances Schulz

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00731303





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Job No:
Posted: 11/28/2018
Application Due: 1/27/2019
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