CPO Science Bosun

Job reference:
BAS 21/149
Contract type:
Full Time Marine Contract
Open-Ended Appointment
Starting salary from £29,539 per annum
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
RRS Sir David Attenborough
Closing date:
3 January, 2022 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is currently looking for a CPO Science Bosun. 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.


▪ Oversee the maintenance (in conjunction with Deck Engineer), deployment and operation of vessel’s scientific equipment suite.
▪ Safe operation of all deck equipment and scientific deck equipment.
▪ Safe and efficient undertaking of cargo and boating operations.
▪ General duties of a Seaman Grade One as required.


• 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)
• STCW Fast Rescue Boat certificate
• STCW Advanced Fire Fighting
• Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
• Helideck Emergency Response Team Member
• Evidence of continual professional development


▪ To carry out planned maintenance tasks as directed and to ensure a high level of ship board cleanliness both inside and out.
▪ To assist in managing the safe loading, stowing, securing and discharging of cargo, scientific equipment and stores.
▪ To work with the Principal Scientist, AME & Chief Officer in support of the scientific ship de-mobilisation and mobilisation process, working closely with the CPO (Deck).
▪ To take responsibility for the safe handling, deployment and recovery of scientific equipment in conjunction with the equipment owners and in consultation with AME and the Chief Officer.
▪ To assist in the preparation, launch and recovery of boats.
▪ To participate in ship-keeping duties in port.
▪ To liaise with CPO (Deck) in the creation of rotas for science watches in conjunction with the Chief Officer.
▪ To assist in any deck operations, where necessary.
▪ To provide training to other members of the crew with respect to the operation of winches, gantries and other scientific equipment carried or deployed from the vessel.
▪ To be the point of contact for and to AME and Science personnel in all aspects of ship fitted and portable scientific equipment operation.
▪ To assist the scientific staff in the safe rigging, deployment, recovery and stowage of scientific equipment.
▪ To deputise for an officer on deck during lengthy scientific operations or as required.
▪ To work in conjunction with the Deck Engineer to ensure the safe operation and maintenance of vessel science equipment.
▪ To assist with scientific cruise planning activities as required.
▪ To undertake any other duties consistent with the key responsibilities and duties of the post, as directed by the Master.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/149
Publication date: 18 November 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 3 January 2022
Interviews are scheduled to be held on Zoom on: Early February 2022

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

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

Knowledge & Experience

  • Demonstrate success in a relevant work environment, backed by evidence of significant appropriate specialist knowledge. - Essential
  • Strong awareness of health, safety and environmental issues. - Essential
  • An enthusiasm for advancing our understanding of the marine environment. - Essential
  • Experience working on scientific research vessels. - Essential
  • Experience of science winches - Essential
  • Experience with the operation and maintenance of complex shipboard handling (lifting) equipment. - Desirable [3]
  • Operational experience with knuckle boom cranes - Desirable [3]


  • 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
  • STCW Fast Rescue Boat certificate - Desirable [3]
  • STCW Advanced Fire Fighting - Essential
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties - Essential
  • Helideck Emergency Response Team Member - Desirable [3]
  • Evidence of continual professional development - Desirable [3]

Skills & Competencies

  • Strong and independent problem solving abilities and task prioritisation. - Essential
  • An effective team player able to build and sustain productive working relationships with staff within the organisation and the wider UK and international community. - Essential
  • To work in deck team, with other ships staff, scientists and Science technicians - Essential
  • Able to prioritise work and manage time effectively and complete agreed objectives within agreed standards and deadlines. - Essential
  • Confident and articulate written and oral communication skills at all levels. - Essential
  • Broad IT skills. - Essential
  • Self-motivated, pro-active and innovative. - Essential
  • Enthusiasm and the flexibility to learn new skills. - Essential
  • Demonstrate a commitment, adaptability and flexibility to work in a changing environment. - Essential
  • Proactive in an environment of change. - Essential

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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