UIC Alaska

Bear Guard - UIC Science

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Travel Requirement


Company Overview
Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) is the village corporation of Barrow, Alaska and is recognized as one of Alaska's top 10 companies with approximately 4,000 employees nationwide and revenues above $700M annually. UIC is projected to grow substantially in the coming years to become a top 3 company in Alaska by 2030. 

As a proud Alaska Native Corporation, our success brings growth and benefits to our Inupiat shareholders. The size and diversity of our operations means we have a broad variety of career opportunities. We recruit only qualified people looking to join a workforce characterized by strong leadership, competent and hard-working staff, and a superior work environment with a focus on career development, great wages and benefits.



The bear guard’s primary goal is to assist in the field operations for Arctic Science Support Logistics services, to protect the scientists and UMIAQ / field staff. This role is to support the project to allow the research staff to conduct their respective project(s) in providing adequate bear guard safety. The bear guards will work directly under the Operations Manager. The bear guard will accompany the scientists and the support group to provide safety at the site from bears to allow the scientists to conduct their research. The bear guard must be able to respond immediately and communicate effectively to ensure safety to all persons in the field.



  • Be able to prevent Bears from associating with humans and food, facilities, and gear.
  • Successfully completed ADF&G and or USFWS Bear encounter/hazing training for designated Bear watch and hazing.
  • Develop and or provide Bear avoidance & human encounter/interaction plan.
  • Provide and monitor hazing prevention programs onsite.
  • Be able to protect workers and wildlife.
  • Must possess current Alaska Driver's License.
  • Must have Mammal Hazing - Polar Bear Certification Card. Preferred Experience: Minimal administrative duties in maintaining documents, and skills operating computer based programs such as electronic mail, and time and attendance software.
  • Understand controls to prevent bear/human interactions.
  • Maintain and update a brown bear sighting log, to include cooperation with the local community.
  • Be aware and understand state and federal regulations of bear watch and hazing.
  • Implement all forms and reports required by federal and state agencies.
  • Must be well organized and demonstrate the ability to perform in a proficient manner the assigned duties.
  • Implement site observation and reporting procedures, be able to identify bear tracks, and/or activity.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Perform independently without direct supervision. Knowledge/awareness of safety issues.
  • Have punctual and on time work history.


  • Required Experience:

    Must have Mammal Hazing - Polar Bear Certification Card.

    Physical Demands:

    • Drive snowmachine for long hours to remote locations in Arctic conditions
    • Outside work
    • Walking on slippery, uneven surfaces
    • Working on or around hazardous machinery
    • Remote work sites (no dispensary or hospital)
    • Long and/or irregular hours
    • Day shift and/or night shift rotations
    • Rapid mental and/or muscle coordination
    • Walking
    • Standing
    • Twisting, turning upper body
    • Twisting, turning arms, legs
    • Safe distance vision
    • Good near vision
    • Good hearing
    • Wear safety glasses
    • Wear hard hats



Authorized Driver Requirement:  Employee must have a valid driver’s license and three (3) year clean driving record. Employee must follow all Authorized Driver Policy and Procedures regarding approved vehicle usage.


All employees must pass Non-DOT pre-employment drug screening and follow all UIC Non-DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Program guidelines and requirements.


If working on a DOT project, employees must pass a DOT pre-employment drug screening and follow all DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Program requirements.

Candidates must pass a background check in order to fill this position.

UIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), persons unable to complete an online application should contact UIC HR for assistance.

UIC considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, family responsibility, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran's status or any other legal protected status. Pursuant to The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act 43 U.S.C. Sec. 1601 et seq., and federal contractual requirements, Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation, may legally grant certain preference in employment opportunities to UIC Shareholders and their Descendants. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V



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