Job reference:
BAS 22/15
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Up to 18 months
£25,179 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a bonus of up to 10%.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
31 March, 2022 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as a carpenter/builder in Antarctica.

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 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). NERC is 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 British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.

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.

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.

Please read the Applicants guide here before submitting your application.


The main purpose 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 apprenticeship, BTEC, 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 reference: BAS 21/15
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31st March 2022
Interviews are scheduled to be held: w/c 2nd May 2022

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)

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 computer operating skills; using the Microsoft Office suite of programmes - Essential
  • Use of email systems - Essential
  • Previous use of electronic pre-planned maintenance systems (PPM) - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Ability to work within a management structure, referring back to line manager with problems - Essential
  • Be self-motivated - Essential
  • Ability to report any problems or issues to the line manager - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work either individually or as part of a team - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Able to plan and manage both time and workload - Desirable [4]

Numerical ability

  • Good numerical ability - Essential
  • Able to read drawings - Essential

Other Factors

  • Must be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions - Essential


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

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to use tools and materials in a professional manner - Essential
  • Understanding and experience of the importance of stock control, monitoring and ordering - 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]

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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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 protected]
+44 (0)1223 221400
+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.