Following the departure of Mechanical Engineer Chris Gibson in January 2021, IDP postponed filling that vacancy until more was known about post-pandemic fieldwork timing and needs. In March 2022, Engineer Grant Boeckmann also departed IDP to take a new position with IDP’s colleagues in Denmark at the Centre for Ice and Climate. To fill these vacancies to accommodate exciting drill development work and prepare for a post-COVID surge in fieldwork, IDP conducted a search and welcomed two new team members in April. Mechanical Engineer Chris Rush started with IDP on April 18, 2022 and has previous experience in the auto and bicycle industries. Mechanical Engineer Barb Birrittella comes to IDP from the UW-Madison Physical Sciences Lab and has prior experience in the polar regions with two deployments to Antarctica. Both Rush and Birrittella are quickly coming up to speed on IDP operations and are assisting with 700 Drill development and integration and testing of pressure relief valve components for the ASIG Drill. After an extensive search, IDP also hired a new Field Support Manager who will start in August 2022.
The U.S. Ice Drilling Program is made up of a team of people located at Dartmouth College, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison). The team at the UW-Madison consists of engineers and support staff tasked with designing, building, and operating polar ice and rock coring equipment. The team at UW-Madison is small and typically doesn’t have regular vacancies but does occasionally need engineers and/or part-time equipment operators. The UW-Madison team also occasionally hires undergraduate Student Hourly employees and Research Interns (post-undergraduate graduation) to work in Madison, WI, with its engineering team. Feel free to send us your resume, and we will add you to our list of interested participants. We can be reached at IceDrill@Dartmouth.edu. When we have position vacancies, they will be posted on the IDP website at https://icedrill.org/jobs.