September 8, 2022
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Ground Safety Officer

Ground Safety Officer

Aurora Launch Services (ALS): Aurora Launch Services is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alaska Aerospace, established to provide low cost, highly reliable launch services on a contract basis to both government and commercial space launch customers worldwide.  The company is headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, co-located with Alaska Aerospace.

Position Description:  The Spaceport Ground Safety Officer (GSO) leads the safety program during launch preparation and operations and is responsible for all aspects of ground safety to include personnel.  The GSO develops, implements, monitors, and manages safety programs, policies, and procedures to help ensure the company complies with all regulations, site requirements, and best practices during any deployed operation.  The GSO plays a key role in ensuring 100% Mission Success through the rigorous application of industry standards and personnel management of the Aurora Launch Services team to support the customer’s specific mission requirements in a safe and orderly fashion. The GSO has final authority for ground safety activities.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for maintaining a safe range on the ground by reviewing and/or controlling access to hazardous areas, and monitoring surveillance radar and closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) to maintain positive control over the launch area.
  • Review and approve all launch and space vehicle procedures that are considered to be hazardous, such as motor lifting or ground handling operations, ordinance checkout and installation, or any electrical items relating to firing circuits, squibs, or explosive devices.
  • Provide surveillance during all hazardous procedures and operations.
  • During launch campaigns provide advisories to the Range Control Officer and mission team on safety issues that will affect the launch complex.
  • Ensure timely safety inspections are conducted when Aurora Launch Services personnel are engaged in support activities.
  • Participate in evaluations of all operations and maintenance activities conducted by personnel when deployed to launch facilities.
  • Ensure accuracy of documentation for spaceport launch team operations and participate in post launch analyses of team performance or issues.
  • Understand best practices for mentoring a safety culture among all levels of employees.
  • Recognize industry safety risks & hazards and implements/educates effective ways to mitigate.
  • Recognize signs of danger to people, property and grounds associated with the spaceport, and its surrounding areas.
  • Identify and resolve safety problems in a timely manner.
  • Make informed decisions, exhibit sound and accurate judgment in a real-world situation.
  • Maintain positive relationships with management, employees, customers, and vendors.
  • Be capable of investigating and reporting on accidents, injuries, or occupational diseases and provide recommended policy and/or procedural changes to preclude recurrence.
  • Respond to emergencies 24 hours a day and seven days a week during launch mission deployments.
  • Maintain any required records or documentation.
  • Examine credentials, licenses, or permits to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
  • Ensure the Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska (PSCA) Launch Site Safety Manual and all appendices and supplements are current and utilized by personnel when operating at PSCA.
  • Develop and implement pre-mission safety brief documentation.
  • Verify all customer employees have the required training to operate equipement at the spaceport.
  • Participate on any accident investigation team efforts.
  • Perform other related duties and assignments as required.

Required Knowledge/Experience/Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent certificate.
  • Three (3) years of experience as a ground safety officer or related field, with preference towards experience in space-oriented industry, such as spaceport operations, space systems operations, or launch vehicle development/operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks in a dynamic environment and an ability to complete assignments with little or no supervision.
  • Familiarity with radio frequency and electrical safety.
  • Ability to think clearly and logically, exercise sound judgment, and make quick and appropriate decisions in emergency situations
  • Possess a positive attitude with good interpersonal oral and written communication skills.
  • Well-developed time management skills.

Additional Requirements:

  • Qualifications to perform as GSO shall include successful completion of knowledge-based training (self-study and/or classroom).
  • Valid Driver’s License required.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) secret security clearance; existing clearance preferred.
  • Pre-employment drug and alcohol screening required.
  • Willing and able to work extended hours, overtime, and on weekends, as required by mission milestones.

The position is a part-time position. Travel and working at other operational locations worldwide can be expected.

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is the policy of Aurora Launch Services to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.


A competitive salary and benefits package, determined upon experience level of individual, will be negotiated after an offer to hire has been given.

To Apply

Please apply online on or send a resume and cover letter to This position will remain open until filled.



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