Mobile Plant Operator – Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 07/19
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Antarctic Summer (Up to 6 Months) or Antarctic Winter (Up to 18 Months).
£23,937 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a 10% bonus on your Antarctic Service.
We offer generous benefits
Antarctic employment pool team
Closing date:
31 March, 2019 11:59 pm


The Mobile Plant Operator’s role is to operate and maintain, if necessary, machines as requested by station line management under direction of mobile plant mechanic.

They will be also be responsible for servicing and maintaining machines to a good working order under the mechanic’s supervision. This role requires someone with a wide range of relevant experience in operating construction plant, farm machinery, bulldozers, lorry loader cranes, excavators etc.


The objective of this role is to provide BAS with World Class professional service.

Operate and maintain if necessary machines as requested by station line management under direction of mobile plant mechanic.

Service and maintain machines in good working order under mobile plant Mechanic’s supervision if required.

You will need to promote and present a professional image and offer machine capability solutions to other departments and frequently liaise with Vehicles Management team.


• Build strong and positive relationships with the all departments.
• Feedback any important information to Vehicles management.
• To promote BAS in a professional manner.
• To react to any BAS needs quickly, effectively and efficiently.
• Continually look to develop yourself through Courses and other Medias when available.
• Work with, and follow the lead of the mobile plant mechanic.
• Operation of mobile plant including articulated loading shovels, fork lift trucks, tele-handlers, bulldozers, excavators and agricultural type vehicles to load/unload materials, stockpile materials and any other tasks required.
• Operate mobile plant for snow clearance and general station snow management.
• Maintain and improve vehicles section profile.
• Present a professional image at all times.
• Carry out all work practices in line with company health and safety policy.
• Keep garage and workshops in a safe and tidy condition.
• Help maintain detailed spare parts inventory.
• Contribute to overall success of operations through teamwork and good communication within BAS.
• Any other duties as deemed necessary to fulfil the role.
• Assist with other station duties as directed by line management
• To undertake other duties as required by the Director of BAS.

• To communicate efficiently and express your ideas clearly and confidently at all levels verbally, in print and via the telephone.
• Teamwork, ability to work confidently within a group and on own initiative.
• Time Management, ability to manage time effectively, prioritising tasks and working to deadlines.
• Drive and determination to get things done, make things happen and continually looking for better ways of doing things.
• Commercial Awareness, ability to understand the commercial realities affecting the organisation.
• Flexibility, ability to adapt successfully to changing situations and environments.
• Must have good health and safety and environmental awareness.
• Keep machines in a serviceable and safe condition.
• Initiative and Self-Motivation, ability to act on initiative, identify opportunities and be proactive in putting forward ideas & solutions.

Personal Attributes:
• Capable of delivering results under pressure and to strict deadlines.
• Quality focused.
• Honest, reliable, trustworthy, good time keeper.
• Ability to be professional, cheerful, co-operative at all times.
• Ability to stay motivated.
• Clean driving licence and good driving record (if applicable).
• Driving, Telehandler, MEWP, Lorry Loader driving licence (training will be provided).

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 07/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31st March 2019
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 25th and 26th April 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

Decision Making

  • Should be able to operate autonomously for the most part, but equally at home working as a team when required. - Essential
  • Consultative decision-making style. - Desirable [2]

Interpersonal skills

  • Be understanding and respectful of peers and colleagues. - Desirable [2]

Other Factors

  • Must have a very flexible attitude to their daily tasks, which may change at short notice. - Essential
  • Physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions. - Essential


  • C.T.A. or equivalent. - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Be of a ‘resourceful’ nature. - Desirable [2]

Skills / Experience

  • Wide range of relevant experience in operating construction plant / farm machinery / bulldozers, lorry loader cranes, excavators etc. - Essential
  • ‘Hands on’ mechanically competent at performing basic servicing of machines. - Desirable [1]

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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Please ensure you complete all required sections of the application form(s) and include a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV.

When posting your application, ensure there is sufficient postage.

These forms are in an OpenDocument format and may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. An accessible format may be requested by contacting us.

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.