Able Seaman

Job reference:
BAS 20/80
Contract type:
Full Time Marine Contract
Open-Ended Appointment
Starting salary from £24,823 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
RRS Sir David Attenborough
Closing date:
27 September, 2020 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is currently looking for an Able Seaman. This is an exciting opportunity to work on-board a world-leading polar exploration and research vessel. The state-of-the-art on-board facilities and future-proof containerised laboratories on this world-leading science platform will offer new research opportunities for polar scientists.

The successful candidate will take part in supporting research cruises carrying out research programmes and transporting people and supplies to the BAS research stations in Antarctica.


• Safe handling and operation of all deck and scientific deck equipment.
• Safe handling of cargo and stores.
• Maintenance and cleanliness in the deck department.
• General seamanship duties.


• Seaman Grade 1 – AB’s Certificate issued by MCA
• Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1) without restrictions
• Navigational Watch Rating Certificate
• Four Elements of STCW basic training to STCW 2010, as amended (PST, FPFF, EFA & PSSR)
• Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSC&RB)
• Proficiency in Designated Security Duties


• To operate deck machinery as directed by a Deck Officer, CPO Deck (Bosun).
• To assist in safe rigging, deployment, recovery and stowage of scientific equipment.
• To assist with maintenance and cleanliness of the ship as directed.
• To undertake cargo operations as safe loading, stowage, lashing, discharge of cargo, scientific equipment and stores.
• Participate in the preparation, operation and maintenance of boats as required.
• To assist in mooring and anchoring duties as required.
• To stand Bridge/Deck watches and ship-keeping duties in port as directed.
• General seamanship duties as required.
• To undertake any other duties consistent with the key responsibilities and duties of the post, as directed by the Master.

We will not accept an application without the completed application form.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 20/80
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 27th September 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: w/c 5th October 2020

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Knowledge & Experience

  • Strong awareness of health, safety, security and environmental issues. - Essential
  • Understanding of all relevant convention and national statutory regulations applicable to the role. - Essential
  • Experience with the operation and maintenance of complex shipboard handling (lifting) equipment. - Essential
  • An enthusiasm for advancing our understanding of the marine environment - Essential
  • General experience of cargo stowing/lashing/discharging - Essential
  • Experience of working on a scientific research vessel - Essential
  • Crane driving skills - Essential

Other Factors

  • To assist with specific marine related activities or projects by working in the offices of BAS, as and when required. - Essential


  • Seaman Grade 1 – AB’s Certificate issued by MCA - Essential
  • Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1) without restrictions - Essential
  • Navigational Watch Rating Certificate - Essential
  • Four Elements of STCW basic training to STCW 2010, as amended (PST, FPFF, EFA & PSSR) - Essential
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSC&RB) - Essential
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties - Essential
  • STCW Fast Rescue Boat certificate - Desirable [3]
  • STCW Advanced Fire Fighting - Desirable [3]
  • Helideck Emergency Response Team Member - Desirable [3]

Skills & Competencies

  • Ability to communicate with all levels of staff - Essential
  • Strong and independent problem solving skills - Essential
  • Practical maintenance skills - Essential
  • An effective team player able to build and sustain productive working relationships with deck team and ship staff, scientists and science technicians - Essential

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Recruitment team is working remotely and cannot access the building. If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, please contact us: [email protected]

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.