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Amazing Job Opportunities With the British Antarctic Survey

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Diver under ice looking at a sea brine column, a hollow ice stalactite formed when dense brine sinks from under sea ice. Hangar Cove, near Rothera Research Station (Photo: John Withers / British Antarctic Survey)

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a world-leading polar science organisation. The cutting-edge research we produce depends day-to-day on a whole range of support staff, such as boat handlers, diving officers, carpenters, chefs, plant operators, field guides and many more.

People in operational support roles rarely stay single-skilled for long; the environment and the operations stretch everybody’s talents and ingenuity. Supporting science in the polar regions requires sophisticated infrastructure and this comes from a collaboration between our research stations, ships, aircraft and vehicles. We employ experts from many different professions to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.

As part of BAS operations, you would be working at one of our five research stations of which three are in in the Antarctic and two on sub-antarctic South Georgia. You may also be required to go into the field.

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Divers on the support boat preparing for a dive around Rothera Research Station (Photo: Melody Clark / British Antarctic Survey)


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BAS Culture

We have a framework that exemplifies the culture to which the British Antarctic Survey aspires. This can be described in the following way:

  • POSITIVE: Positive attitude, energy, realism, enjoys the work.
  • RESPONSIBLE: Safety conscious, environmentally friendly, accountable for one’s actions, honourable, ethical, open and fair.
  • INNOVATIVE: Creative, flexible, thinking of better ways, constructively challenging, learning from experience, problem-solving, entrepreneurial and outward looking.
  • COOPERATIVE: Open, communicative, caring and loyal to one another, working in the best interests of BAS and science.
  • EXCELLENT: Professional, efficient and effective, successful and recognised, high quality, applying best practice and developing our people.

Contracts

The duration of our short-term contracts working in Antarctica are usually for 18 months (Winter) or around 6 months (Summer). The 18-month contracts will include wintering at one of our Antarctic bases and will involve being away from the UK for the majority of this time. Shorter contracts are summer only and will involve being away from the UK for up to 6 months.

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Diving in South Cove, Rothera Point, Antarctica (Photo: Lloyd Peck / British Antarctic Survey)

The Roles

We have a number of fantastic roles available, for a vast range of skills sets. Below, we have outlined a few of the roles we have to offer:

  • Maintenance Technicians – These are our plumbers and electricians, keeping the vital facilities at the stations running and carrying out any required repairs.
  • Electrical Power Generation Mechanics – This role is responsible for supporting planned maintenance, reactive repair and up-keep of all static and mobile electrical power producing plant and equipment on Station.
  • Carpenters – Our carpenter/builders are responsible for maintaining and repairing the structure, fabric, fixtures and fitting of the stations.
  • Marine Biologist/Zoological Field Assistant - This role is a great opportunity for anyone with a degree in Biology/Zoology. This role involves helping out with the fieldwork operations of the scientists at the station, collecting data and wild animal handling.
  • Scientific Assistant – Our Scientific Assistants work at the applied fisheries research laboratory at King Edward Point. The role involves assisting with the laboratory and field-based research programme undertaken by BAS on behalf of the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI).
  • Marine Biologist - The role of the Marine Biologist is to investigate competition, secondary space provision, predation and diet overlap in nearshore benthos around Ryder Bay habitats.
  • Field Dive Officer – This role involves the management of diving in support of science. They are responsible for the supervision and organisation of all diving activities at Rothera Station.
  • Boating Officer - The role of the Boating Officer is to manage, operate and maintain the small boats at Rothera and King Edward Point (KEP) research stations.
  • Station Support Assistant - The role of a Station Support Assistant involves undertaking all manner of domestic duties on station including catering duties, waste handling and laundry. It is a vital role to the smooth running of station.

To see the full list of our vacancies and to apply for these positions, check out our website: www.bas.ac.uk/jobs/vacancies.

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Kitting up for a routine biological monitoring dive at South Cove Rothera Research Station (Photo: John Withers, British Antarctic Survey)


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