Pilot – First Officer

Job reference:
BAS 20/55
Contract type:
Starting salary from £30,110 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Air Operations team
Closing date:
5 April, 2020 11:59 pm

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


British Antarctic Survey seeks to recruit a suitable First Officer pilot for an exciting new opportunity with extraordinary career and personal development opportunities.

What is the role about?

The successful candidate will be trained to fly the Dash 7 aircraft in the complex Antarctic airbridge mission and deep field logistics support roles. The right candidate can, after a suitable period, anticipate adding the DHC-6 type rating, with a view to future Twin Otter Command. The role also includes diverse opportunity to support aspects of the ground operation including hangar and runway management and maintenance. The candidate is expected to rapidly become fully involved with all aspects of flying, deep-field and ground activities, quickly becoming a key member of the Air Unit team and providing continuity to that team for at least four years. In addition to advancement to DHC-6 Captain, the role will naturally develop into type qualification on BAS's Dash 7 replacement aircraft forming the core airbridge and airborne heavy logistics capability for the next 25 years. This post is unusual and varied and BAS will invest heavily in the training and development of the right candidate.

Who are we?

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 www.ukri.org

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.


To contribute to the safe and efficient operation of BAS aircraft as laid out in the Air Operations Manual and relevant Airworthiness Authority Regulations. Acting as FO on the Dash 7 aircraft implementing the BAS Flying Programme as directed by Air Unit Management, and supporting the safe, efficient conduct of fight and ground tasks to ensure that the wider goals of the Survey and its collaborators are met.
Primary duties include flying and non-flying tasks (approx. 50:50). A BAS FO Pilot must be able to adapt to their surroundings and display excellent teamworking qualities at all times, and strong leadership when appropriate. All BAS Line Pilots are expected to take a pro-active approach to all tasks and display initiative and good situational awareness, particularly when operating in remote environments.
Responsibilities also include deputising for the Air Unit Ground Support role to assist/complete all required ground tasks in support of the Air Operation at Rothera. This involves pre and post flight preparation of aircraft, daily management of the Hangar and Apron activity, and physical upkeep of the runway.


EASA Part FCL ATPL (A) or Frozen ATPL (A) MCC Course
(Multi-crew Co-operation) Or Equivalent FAA license and qualifications with ability to work in UK Government organisation


The FO LP will support the Captain to: ensure Dash 7 flight operations are safe and efficient; plan flights; ensure objectives and tasks detailed by the Chief Pilot/Deputy Chief Pilot are achieved.

Flying duties:

  • Safe and efficient operation of the aircraft at all times.
  • For flight operations the FO LP will follow all safety and operational procedures in accordance with the BAS Air Operations Manual and all current/relevant airworthiness authority regulations.
  • The FO LP will report progress, deficiencies and faults related to aircraft and flight operations to the Captain/Chief Pilot/Deputy Chief Pilot as appropriate.
  • Keep current all necessary licences and approvals to fly for BAS aircraft within Antarctica and elsewhere on all assigned operational and training missions.
  • Show due regard for co-workers and an appreciation of the close surrounding in which most of the working and off–duty time is spent when detached to remote locations.
  • Undertake other appropriate duties required by Station or Line Management.


Primary Ground duties:

  • Assist (and when required deputise for) the Hangar Manager in the completion of all required ground tasks to support the Air Operation including, but not limited to, the movement, loading, fuelling of aircraft pre and post flight.
  • Organisation and upkeep of Hangar and ground equipment
  • Maintenance of the runway and apron area.
  • Document procedures and processes associated with the Ground Support role.
  • Any other tasks identified by the Director and Chief Pilot.
  • Time apportioned to these duties should reflect their priority. The following is a strongly recommended guide:
    • Flight/Training Duties 45%
    • Ground Duties 45%
    • General/Administrative Duties 10%

It is expected that the time apportionment will vary from year to year to accommodate changing internal and external demands. However some of the apportionment should be predictable and will be communicated during the annual pilot performance appraisal.

Please quote reference: BAS 20/55
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 5 April 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held:  Wednesday 15 April 2020

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 job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

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
  • Demonstrate good situational awareness - Desirable [2]

Computer / IT skills

  • Examples of Aviation bespoke software - Essential
  • Microsoft package expertise - Essential

Decision Making

  • Liaison with Engineering/airworthiness teams - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Team skills and expertise - Desirable [1]

Managerial ability

  • Strong team skills - Essential
  • Evidence of working within successful teams - Essential
  • Examples of leading teams (not necessarily aircrew) - Desirable [3]

Numerical ability

  • Covered by Theory exams - Essential

Other Factors

  • It is essential the Additional Form is filled out detailing the log book hours and experience - Essential


  • Dash 7 or Twin Otter Type Rating - Desirable [3]
  • EASA Part FCL ATPL (A) or Frozen ATPL (A) MCC Course (Multi-crew Co-operation) Or Equivalent FAA license and qualifications with ability to work in UK Government organisation - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Experience of Multi Crew operations - Essential
  • Remote operations experience - Desirable [2]

Skills / Experience

  • 500 hours Command - Desirable [2]
  • 1500 hours minimum - Essential
  • 250hrs Multi engine minimum - Essential

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

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.