Carpenter/Builder – Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 17/19
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Antarctic Summer (Approx. 6 Months)
£23,937 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a 10% bonus on your Antarctic Service.
We offer generous benefits
Antarctic employment pool team
Closing date:
31 March, 2019 11:59 pm


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.


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.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 17/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31st March 2019
Interview date: 22nd May 2019
Proposed start date: Summer 2019

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 part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.

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

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Report writing experience. - Desirable [3]

Computer / IT skills

  • Basic skills to use MS Office Programmes and use Email systems. - Essential
  • Previous use of electronic PPM systems. - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Ability to work within existing management structure, reference back to line manager with problems. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Planning & managing own time. - Desirable [4]

Numerical ability

  • Good. Able to read drawings. - Essential

Other Factors

  • Must be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions. - Essential
  • Problem solving & flexibility. - Desirable [2]


  • Served full relevant apprenticeship, relevant City & Guilds. - Essential
  • CSCS Certificate. - Desirable [4]

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to use tools & materials. - Essential
  • Understanding & experience of stock control. - Desirable [3]

Skills / Experience

  • On-site practical carpentry and general builder skills. - Essential
  • Cabinet making. - Desirable [3]
  • Qualification to teach others use of machinery. - Desirable [4]

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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Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

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

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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.