Mobile Plant Operator – Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 20/18
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Appointments will be for a period between 6 and 18 months
£24,272 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a bonus of up to 10%.
We offer generous benefits
Antarctic employment pool team
Closing date:
31 March, 2020 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as Mobile Plant Operator in Antarctica.

Who we are

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 to 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 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


C.T.A. or equivalent.


• 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 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)

Please quote the following reference for any queries: BAS 20/18
Closing date for receipt of applications form is: 31 March 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: Week commencing 20 April 2020

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.
Antarctic deployment involves working in a remote and harsh environment where adaptations to working, living and recreation areas are not achievable to a level that might be expected in the UK. There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement to be physically capable of negotiating rough, icy and snowy terrain as well as being mentally resilient and medically fit.

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

Communication 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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If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, you can print the application form(s) and post it back to us.

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.