Carpenter/Builder – Antarctica
- Job reference:
- BAS 20/05
- Contract type:
- Antarctic Contract
- Summer (Up to 6 Months)
- £24,272 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a bonus of up to 10%.
- We offer generous benefits
- Antarctic employment pool team
- Antarctica - All Stations
- Closing date:
- 31 March, 2020 11:59 pm
British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as a carpenter/builder in Antarctica.
What is it about?
Antarctica is the coldest and most isolated continent in the world. It’s also the most exhilarating, providing a unique and spectacular setting for our vital scientific research. By joining the team responsible for building and maintaining our facilities and equipment, you could play a crucial role in our success.
Working as a part of a small team, you will be responsible for maintaining and repairing the structure, fabric, fixtures and fitting of the stations. Using your own initiative, you will be required to be self-motivated and work both individually and as part of a team. You will have served a full relevant apprenticeship or relevant City & Guilds, together with on-site practical carpentry experience and general builder skills.
Who are we?
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 www.ukri.org
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.
Is to work as part of a small team with the Facilities Engineer to complete the programme of works for the station during the austral summer. Works to consist of small projects, maintenance, repair, upkeep and support of Antarctic station buildings and infrastructure.
Served full relevant apprenticeship, relevant City & Guilds
• Maintaining and repairing the structure, fabric, fixtures and fittings of the stations, which includes general building works.
• Carrying out minor works projects under the guidance of the Facilities Engineer or Building Surveyor.
• The reporting of major problems or work requests to the Facilities Engineer who is the Line Manager for this post.
• Maintenance of all tools and equipment required to complete the works.
• Maintenance and revision of materials and tools stock lists to ensure sufficient spares, equipment and materials are available to carry out the planned works for the following year.
• Liaison with the Facilities Engineer and Station Management to co-ordinate the work program to meet overall season objectives in a safe manner.
• Record works undertaken and advise items to be added to the maintenance programme
• To organize and carry out work in a safe, orderly and tradesman like way including compliance with all appropriate risk assessments and method statements.
• Working with and assisting other building and engineering trades to ensure the planned projects are completed.
• Work with other staff to ensure the operational and safety standards of the station are maintained.
• Undertake general base duties in assisting the general running of the station playing an active role in the relief of the base, domestic support, general duties and the like as required by the Facilities Engineer and Station Leader.
Please quote the following reference for any queries: BAS 20/05
Closing date for receipt of applications form is: 31 March 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 20 May 2020
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.
Antarctic deployment involves working in a remote and harsh environment where adaptations to working, living and recreation areas are not achievable to a level that might be expected in the UK. There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement to be physically capable of negotiating rough, icy and snowy terrain as well as being mentally resilient and medically fit.
Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)
- Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
- Report writing experience. - Desirable 
Computer / IT skills
- Basic skills to use MS Office Programmes and use Email systems. - Essential
- Previous use of electronic PPM systems. - Desirable 
- Ability to work within existing management structure, reference back to line manager with problems. - Essential
- Ability to work individually and as part of a team. - Essential
- Planning & managing own time - Desirable 
- Good. Able to read drawings. - Essential
- Must be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions. - Essential
- Served full relevant apprenticeship, relevant City & Guilds. - Essential
- CSCS Certificate. - Desirable 
Resource Management ability
- Ability to use tools & materials. - Essential
- Understanding & experience of stock control. - Desirable 
Skills / Experience
- On-site practical carpentry and general builder skills. - Essential
- Cabinet making. - Desirable 
- Qualification to teach others use of machinery. - Desirable 
You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.
Apply by post:
If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, you can print the application form(s) and post it back to us.
Please ensure you complete all required sections of the application form(s) and include a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV.
When posting your application, ensure there is sufficient postage.
- Send your completed application forms to:
- Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
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.