Field Dive Officer Required at Rothera Antarctic Research Station

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The British Antarctic Survey is looking to appoint a Field Dive Officer (FDO) to support scientific SCUBA diving operations at its Rothera research station. Keep reading if you think you'd like to try one of the 'coolest' dive jobs on the planet!

Job reference: BAS 21/23
Contract type: Antarctic Contract
Duration: 20 months comprised of 3 months UK pre-deployment training (Aug - Oct 2021) and 17 months Antarctic deployment (Nov 2021 – Mar 2023).
Salary: £24,685 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a bonus of up to 10%.
Benefits: We offer generous benefits
Team: Antarctic employment pool team
Location: Antarctica (Rothera)
Closing date: 31 March, 2021 11:59 pm


Job Description

The FDO is responsible for the supervision and organisation of all diving activities at Rothera. Requests for diving are made through the FDO and the FDO must be present on-site whenever a dive takes place.

This role is ideally suited to experienced research divers, providing a fantastic opportunity to support ground-breaking science. Typical projects involve marine wildlife surveys, deployment of data-loggers, collection of sediment samples and surveys of iceberg scour. Diving operations continue year-round and you may have the opportunity to dive under sea ice during the winter months.

Please note: All applications will be checked at point of application by BAS staff and those without the right to work in the UK or without a realistic prospect of being able to acquire the right to work in the UK will not progress.


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

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Our skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through our extensive logistic capability and know-how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world-leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), part of UK Research and Innovation:

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as keep the keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in one of the most unique places in the world, then the British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


To manage SCUBA diving operations in support of science. The FDO is responsible for the supervision and organisation of all diving activities at and out of Rothera Station. All requests for diving are made through the FDO and the FDO must be present on site whenever a dive takes place.


HSE SCUBA (or HSE approved Equivalent)

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Collecting samples for ongoing Antarctic research (Photo: British Antarctic Survey)


  • Ensure that diving activities are undertaken in a safe and efficient manner and that all diving operations follow the BAS relevant Standing Operating Procedures. The FDO reports to the Institute Diving Officer (IDO).
  • Maintain all diving equipment and dive store fixed plant. Keep equipment and fixed plant maintenance records.
  • Maintain accurate dive records including completion of the Dive Log database, signing of all diver logbooks and maintain the Diver Record form for each diver.
  • Produce monthly and an annual report for the Institute Diving Officer/Line Manager.
  • Be responsible for all on-site training and familiarisation related to diving activities.
  • Be responsible for assessing the competency of divers and dive supervisors and has authority to withdraw permission to dive/supervise should the FDO judge a person not fit to dive.
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders and produce timely dive schedules in line with the science diving requirements. Scheduling dives includes coordinating with other support facilities resources such as boats or other transport, field or sea ice support staff and communications. Ensuring the schedule is produced in good time and circulated to relevant parties on site.
  • Be fully compliant with the BAS Health & Safety Policy and Report Accidents, Incidents and Near Misses.
  • Assist the IDO/Station Leader, as required, in developing working practices and written procedures for the BAS diving operation.
  • Assist in general station duties including cooking, cleaning and night watch rounds (on a rota basis) as required by the Station Leader.
  • Undertake other duties as necessary to ensure that BAS meets its objectives.

COVID-19 update

We have a responsibility to do everything that we can to ensure that BAS Ships and Stations remain COVID free and that staff are deployed safely and responsibly. Our medical screening for this season will therefore take account of the recognised factors that increase your risk of an adverse reaction to the coronavirus (Primarily this is BMI at or above 30, age over 60 years old, or a history of smoking). The assessment is done confidentially by our Medical Unit and the criteria might be subject to change. You might be required to quarantine two weeks prior to your deployment, and you might sail to Antarctica on our polar ship.


Closing date for applications is 31 March 2021. Interviews are scheduled to be held on 4 June 2021.For more information and details on how to apply, go to: 


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