Mapping and GIS Assistant – Cambridge

Job reference:
BAS 74/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-Term Appointment (6 weeks)
Starting from £19,404 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
30 June, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for a Mapping and GIS Assistant during summer 2019. This role will be part of the Mapping and Geographic Information Centre, which provides wide-ranging geospatial expertise in support of BAS Science and Operations programmes.
Potential candidates are welcome to contact Elena Field ([email protected]) with any questions about the role.


The main purpose will be to update a series of seven maps and related digital products that support BAS and international Air Operations in Antarctica, and to assist with preparation of maps and GIS products to support scientific fieldwork – for example overland travel by geologists.


Completion, or about to enter the final year, of a first degree in geography, or other environmental science, containing a strong GIS component.


# Air Operations Planning Maps: Update a series of seven 1:1M scale maps and digital products that support BAS and international Air Operations in Antarctica. This will involve: Preparing new contours and revised spot heights from new DEM data sources for Antarctica; merging the new material into the existing map layouts and finalising the cartography; printing the maps and preparation of digital data outputs.
# Fieldwork support maps: Assisting with preparation of maps and GIS products to support fieldwork in Antarctica – for example overland travel by geologists. This will involve working with satellite imagery and DEM data sources to prepare new outputs.
# Other mapping and GIS tasks as required to support work in the busy Mapping and GIS Centre.

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 74/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 30th June 2019
Interview date: 9th July 2019
Proposed start date: As soon as possible

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.

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

  • Able to communicate well with other team members in a busy office. Able to document work effectively. - Essential
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Evidence of experience with ArcGIS or QGIS. - Essential
  • Evidence of experience with design software, for example Adobe Illustrator. - Desirable [1]

Decision Making

  • Able to work independently. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Able to work in a small busy team and liaise with other BAS staff. - Essential


  • Adequate for a role involving GIS and mapping data. - Essential
  • Degree, or about to enter the final year in geography or other environmental science, containing a strong GIS component. - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Able to manage time effectively to meet deadlines. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Familiarity with concepts of and working with satellite imagery, Digital Elevation Models. - Essential
  • Evidence of experience compiling maps. - Desirable [1]
  • Evidence of interest in Antarctic science and polar environments. - 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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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.

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