Deputy Arctic Station Manager

Job reference:
BAS 21/35
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed Term - 18 months
Starting salary from £31,305 per annum
We offer generous benefits
Operational Support teams
NERC Arctic Research Station, Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard
Closing date:
7 February, 2021 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


We are looking for a Deputy Arctic Station Manager to work closely with the Arctic Station Manager and Field Operations Manager (FOM) to provide a safe and efficient facility at the NERC Arctic Research Station at Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard.

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 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 amazing places then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


The Deputy Arctic Station Manager will work closely with the Arctic Station Manager and Field Operations Manager (FOM) providing a safe and efficient facility at the NERC Arctic Research Station at Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard They will be an integral part of BAS Operations who have overall responsibility for management of the station.

The Deputy Station Manager will help ensure safe base to field communication and be fully versed in local and wider Svalbard SAR capabilities.


To work closely with the Arctic Station Manager during the winter in the UK and March to September at the NERC Arctic Research Station.
Document operating procedures and safe working systems.
Assist planning the station field season.
Assist maintenance of station equipment including inventories and purchasing.
Provide researchers and other visitors to the station with appropriate briefings and training.
Provide safety oversight and support in the field.
Provide researchers with boat transport.
Oversee laboratory safety.

The above lists are not exhaustive and the job holder is required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the post. All employees are required to act professionally, co-operatively and flexibly in line with the requirements of the post and UKRI

Publication date: 14th January 2021

Please quote reference:BAS 21/35
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 07 February 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 17 February 2021

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.

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

  • Proficient in written and spoken English language - Essential
  • Able to chair meetings - Essential
  • The ability to discuss personal and professional matters clearly and objectively. - Essential
  • Ability to respect confidentiality - Essential
  • Able to write clear and concise reports - Essential
  • Confident public speaker comfortable presenting to large audiences - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Word Processing and compiling spreadsheets. - Essential
  • Familiarity with MS Project or other project planning tools - Essential
  • Able to understand and use GIS software - Essential
  • Able to understand and interpret satellite/remotely sensed imagery - Essential
  • Knowledge of and experience using HF, VHF radio, IridiumGO!, InReach etc… - Essential

Decision Making

  • Can evidence experience of making balanced judgements in regard to risk management - Essential
  • Experienced decision maker able to implement and follow policy and procedure - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Able to remain calm in emergency situations and use good judgement to resolve complex decision making - Essential
  • Good team worker. Ability to mix with BAS/ non-BAS staff at all levels. - Essential
  • Good staff manager, leader and negotiator - Essential
  • Able to proactively engage with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders - Essential
  • An understanding of BAS carbon reduction targets and how this role can contribute to meeting them - Desirable [2]

Managerial ability

  • The ability to work alone unsupervised and as part of a team with people from a variety of professional backgrounds - Essential
  • Experience of managing remote logistics - Essential
  • Able to lead and manage small teams - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Ability to perform calculations with regard to skidoo and boat fuel us - Essential

Other Factors

  • The post holder must be physically fit to cope with the working environment - Essential


  • Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor / Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (Formally MIA / MIC) - Desirable [2]
  • RYA Advanced Powerboat Certificate or similar - Desirable [2]

Resource Management ability

  • Experience of managing finite resources, monitoring and storage - Essential
  • Experience managing, planning and applying an annual budget. - Desirable [2]

Skills / Experience

  • Practical experience living, working and travelling in the polar environment - Essential
  • Experience of field safety and overland travel - Essential
  • Proven experience living and working with small teams in remote environments. - Essential
  • Experience of implementing safety management systems - Essential
  • The ability to orchestrate complex logistics decisions and actions - Essential
  • Field skills teaching experience - Essential
  • In depth knowledge of field equipment, use and maintenance - Essential
  • Experience using GPS and compass navigation - Essential
  • Experience of small boat operations and safety. Demonstrable experience is desirable - Desirable [2]
  • Demonstrable mountaineering experience and competence in rock, ice and alpine - Desirable [2]
  • Experience handling, maintaining and using a high velocity rifle - Desirable [2]

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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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

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+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.