EQUIPMENT COORDINATOR

Job Locations US-AK-Wrangell
Job ID
2021-4960
Category
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Type
Regular Full-Time/80hrs (1.0 FTE)

About Us:

 

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

 

Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

Job Overview:

Alaska Crossings is an expeditionary, wilderness based behavioral health program for adolescents. The use of appropriate, well maintained gear and equipment plays a critical role in managing the risks inherent with our programming. The Crossings Equipment Coordinator is responsible for the selection, inspection, maintenance, distribution and recovery of all equipment, gear, clothing and non-food consumable supplies for the expeditionary groups including, but not limited to ocean canoeing equipment, hiking equipment, moving water canoeing equipment, clothing, safety equipment, shelters, cooking equipment, first aid equipment and hygiene supplies. In addition, the Equipment Coordinator is responsible for managing and supervising operation of the Crossings Out-tripping Center (COTC) facility and staff, management of the gear and equipment inventory, and training Crossings guide staff in the proper use and care of Crossings gear and equipment.

       

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain collaborative working relationships with the Crossings operations team, clinical team and administrative team.
  • Take a leading role in the selection of appropriate expeditionary gear and equipment, and the development of gear and equipment use systems.
  • Maintain an accurate spreadsheet inventory of the collection of approximately 12,000 individual pieces of expeditionary clothing, gear, equipment and non-food consumable supplies.
  • Manage the day-to-day functions and operation of the COTC, supervise and assign tasks to all guide staff and equipment technicians working in the COTC.
  • Inspect and assess the condition and functionality of all equipment and gear to ensure it functions fully for its intended purpose prior to leaving the COTC for expeditionary use.
  • Determine, based upon inspection and assessment, whether gear and equipment that is not fully functional can be repaired back to a condition of full functionality, or whether it needs retired and replaced.
  • Oversee and perform the repair of all gear and equipment using various tools, solvents, paints, adhesives and other appropriate materials.
  • Ensure all gear, clothing and equipment determined to be no longer suitable for use is permanently removed from the inventory.
  • Keep the Operations Assistant Manager informed of all gear and equipment needing to be replaced.
  • Coordinate with the operations team for the resupply of gear and equipment to expeditions in the field.
  • Manage the assembly and packing of all necessary gear, equipment and non-food supplies for each expedition and client.
  • Coordinate the scheduling for loading and unloading of supply vessels with the operations team, Crossings boat skippers and various transport vendors.
  • Manage and assist in the delivery of gear and equipment from the COTC to Crossings supply vessels and transport vendors.
  • Coordinate and ensure delivery of non-COTC related resupply elements from other Crossings departments, including clinical, administrative, and food.
  • Supervise and assist in the delivery of all returning gear, equipment and other materials from Crossings supply vessels and transport vendors to the COTC and other Crossings departments and locations.
  • Properly handle and dispose of bio-hazardous materials and garbage returning from the field.
  • Ensure all gear, clothing and equipment, upon being returned to the COTC from the field, is cleaned, sanitized, inspected, assessed, repaired where necessary and returned to the inventory, unless deemed to be no longer functional.
  • Train all field guide staff in the proper use and care of Crossings participant and group gear, clothing and equipment.
  • Act as a resource to field guides, providing guidance on clothing systems, personal gear and equipment used by the guides in their employment with Crossings.
  • Coordinate with program operations and administration to provide gear and equipment necessary for yearly staff training.
  • Travel into and out of the field via boat/plane when necessary for resupplies or equipment assembly.
  • Provide a pleasant and safe work environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SCOPE OF IMPACT

 

Risk Management

A significant proportion of serious incidents involving participants engaged in wilderness activity are either a partial or direct result of the use of inappropriate or malfunctioning gear, clothing or equipment and/or the inappropriate use of appropriate gear, clothing or equipment.

 

Therefore, the use of quality, appropriate, functional gear, clothing and equipment, maintained in good repair, in combination with sufficient training on the use of gear, clothing and equipment provides a foundational cornerstone of risk management for Alaska Crossings wilderness activities. The Equipment Coordinator is the principal position responsible for ensuring Crossings expeditions are supplied with quality gear, in good repair, appropriate to the intended usage and that staff are adequately trained as to its use.  

 

Financial

The Crossings gear, clothing and equipment inventory of approximately 12,000 items is valued, in current condition at approximately $500,000, with a replacement cost of approximately $750,000. The Equipment Coordinator is responsible for maintaining an accurate inventory and keeping operational management constantly aware of the volume and value of gear needing replacement at all times. This information is vital to managing the yearly equipment budget line item. 

 

Supervision/Lead Exercised

The Equipment Coordinator is responsible for supervising and directing equipment technicians, field guides and other Crossings employees working in the COTC. The Equipment coordinator is responsible for training field guide staff in the proper use and care of all Crossings participant and group gear, clothing and equipment.

Qualifications:

Education: 

  • High School Diploma or equivalent experience

Experience:

  • Two years wilderness tripping experience in the Southeast Alaskan environment
  • Two years’ experience managing/supervising personnel
  • Inventory control and tracking experience
  • One year experience inspecting, assessing and repairing outdoor gear and equipment or equivalent experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of outdoor pursuits including general camping, flatwater and moving water canoeing and alpine hiking.
  • Thorough knowledge of outdoor equipment, its use, type, maintenance and repair.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Skilled use of a variety of hand and power tools
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Flexibility in a dynamic logistical environment
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Proficient with computer operations and technology
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license
  • Dedicated, motivated and enthusiastic

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