Arctic Office Intern

Job reference:
BAS 21/99
Contract type:
Fixed-Term Appointment (8 weeks)
Starting from £16,215 per annum pro rated
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
NERC Arctic Office, BAS Cambridge, but expected that the successful applicant will work remotely/online. Depending on building access/COVID restrictions the intern may be able to come to the office for a short period
Closing date:
25 July, 2021 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey are looking for an Intern to join our Arctic Office team for 8 weeks.

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its 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 its 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). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to 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 amazing places, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


To produce a summary document of the activities, key science findings and policy implications/connections of the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean Programme (CAO). The document is expected to be around 15-20 pages, with a two-page key-findings executive summary.

Additional tasks as needed, to support the planning of the Programme’s annual science meeting/end of programme event and related communications activities.


Degree level education in ocean science (or equivalent experience)


Compile key statistics on the CAO programme – locations, cruises etc.

  • Identify and summarise the main science findings from the individual CAO projects
  • Summarise national and potentially international policy implications of CAO findings
  • Produce first draft, interim draft and final draft of short summary report and executive summary
  • Source/design appropriate figures and images, working with the graphic designer to produce a final version of the report
  • Liaison with CAO project PIs and others
  • Support to develop a communication plan for the finalised report
  • Work with NERC Arctic Office in developing the CAO End of Programme event and related communications activity.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/99
Publication date: 13 July
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 25 July
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 6 August

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 and will provide necessary adaptations for the interview. 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)

Communication skills

  • Proficient in written and spoken English language - Essential
  • Ability to communicate at different levels - Essential
  • Evidence of excellent scientific writing and presentations - Essential
  • Experience in interviewing - Desirable [1]
  • Familiarity with designing and delivering social media communication plans - Desirable [1]

Computer / IT skills

  • Expertise in Microsoft Office, in particular Word - Essential
  • Ability to work remotely/online - Essential
  • Familiarity with GIS, CorelDraw and/or Adobe Illustrator - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Ability to identify key findings and prioritise information - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Able to mix and communicate with a wide variety of individuals at all levels and from all backgrounds - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Able to organise own workload, balance priorities and adhere to deadlines - Essential
  • Ability to work independently and in a team. - Essential


  • Degree level education in ocean science (or equivalent experience) - Essential
  • Master’s or PhD - Desirable [1]

Skills / Experience

  • Scientific research experience - Essential
  • Skills and experience in science communication - Essential
  • Knowledge of CAO programme and projects - Desirable [1]

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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