Field Dive Officer – Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 21/19
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Antarctic Winter (Approx. 18 Months)
£23,937 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a 10% bonus.
We offer generous benefits
Antarctic employment pool team
Closing date:
31 March, 2019 11:59 pm


The Field Diving Officer (FDO) is a wintering post at Rothera Research Station to undertake diving in support of science. The FDO is responsible for the supervision and organisation of all diving activities at and out of Rothera Station. All requests for diving are made through the FDO and the FDO must be present on site whenever a dive takes place.


The Field Diving Officer (FDO) is a wintering post at Rothera Research Station to undertake diving in support of science. The FDO is responsible for the supervision and organisation of all diving activities at and out of Rothera Station. All requests for diving are made through the FDO and the FDO must be present on site whenever a dive takes place.


HSE Scuba (or HSE approved equivalent).


- Ensure that diving activities are undertaken in a safe and efficient manner and that all diving operations follow the BAS relevant Standing Operating Procedures. The FDO reports to the Institute Diving Officer (IDO).
- Maintain all diving equipment and dive store fixed plant. Keep equipment and fixed plant maintenance records.
- Maintain accurate dive records including completion of the Dive Log database, signing of all diver logbooks and maintain the Dive Record form for each diver.
- Produce monthly and an annual report for the Institute Diving Officer/Line Manager.
- Be responsible for all on-site training and familiarisation related to diving activities.
- Be responsible for assessing the competency of divers and dive supervisors and has authority to withdraw permission to dive/supervise should the FDO judge a person not fit to dive.
- Liaise with relevant stakeholders and produce timely dive schedules in line with the science diving requirements. (Scheduling dives includes coordinating with other support facilities resources such as boats or other transport, field or sea ice support staff and communications. The schedule is produced in good time and circulated to relevant parties on site).
- Be fully compliant with the BAS Health & Safety Policy and Report Accidents, Incidents and Near Misses.
- Assist the IDO/Station Leader, as required, in developing working practices and written procedures for the BAS diving operation.
- Undertake other duties as necessary to ensure that BAS meets its objectives.
- To undertake other duties as required by the Director of BAS.

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 21/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31st March 2019
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 12th and 13th June 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
  • Ability to liaise with Science Customer. - Desirable [1]

Computer / IT skills

  • Basic word processing for dive logs and reports etc. - Essential
  • Familiarisation with spread sheets & database (for dive log). - Desirable [5]

Decision Making

  • Sound Judgement. - Essential
  • Ability to take responsibility. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Team worker. - Essential
  • Ability to work remote FM but work connected with UK manager. - Essential
  • Sense of humour. - Desirable [3]
  • Sense of proportion & appropriate behaviour within a small community. - Desirable [1]

Managerial ability

  • Ability to lead a small team. - Essential
  • Ability to motivate a small team. - Desirable [2]

Numerical ability

  • Numerical ability for calculation of dive tables, air consumption etc. - Essential

Other Factors

  • Ability to learn and reason. - Essential
  • Flexibility in approach to work & people. - Essential
  • Current Dive Medical. - Essential
  • Knowledge of Dive tables. - Essential
  • Boat handling experience. - Desirable [3]
  • Knowledge of HSE Science & Archaeology ACOP. - Desirable [3]


  • HSE Scuba (or HSE approved equivalent). - Essential
  • Compressor Operations. - Desirable [3]
  • Chamber ticket. - Desirable [3]
  • Diver First Aid Qualification. - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to manage a dive facility & equipment resource. - Essential
  • Report writing. - Desirable [3]

Skills / Experience

  • Dive Planning and Organisation. - Essential
  • General Dive equipment maintenance. - Essential
  • Familiarity with Risk Assessments. - Essential
  • Hyperbaric Chamber Operations. - Desirable [4]
  • Experience of Scientific Diving. - 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

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.