Radio Officer – Antarctica
- Job reference:
- BAS 18/19
- Contract type:
- Antarctic contract
- Antarctic Summer (Approx. 6 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 British Antarctic Survey is looking for a Radio Officer to join their Antarctic based teams. The radio officer is a vital role within our Antarctic team as they provide the communications service to field operations and operations on station.
The post holder for this role must have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both in person and over radio and satellite communications systems. They need to remain calm and accurate under pressure, maintain good situational awareness, and remain vigilant for any safety issues that may arise.
Radio officers provide a communications service to field operations and operations on station. Working as part of the tower operations team they provide an accurate and effective flow of information to ensure the safety and efficiency of BAS field and station operations.
Radio officers must have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both in person and over radio and satellite communications systems. They need to remain calm and accurate under pressure, maintain good situational awareness, and remain vigilant for any safety issues that may arise.
During the summer season the operations tower runs 7 days a week, and work is dictated by weather and operational tempo. Work is on a shift pattern and may require working antisocial hours.
No formal qualifications required.
- Passing and receiving messages and weather information.
- Aircraft flight following.
- Scheduled calls with Field parties.
- Initial response to Major Incidents, receiving distress or Mayday calls.
- Support to station operations, small boats, vehicles etc.
- Submitting flight plans using AFTN/AFPEX system.
- Operating VHF/HF radios and satellite phone systems.
On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.bas.ac.uk/vacancies.
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 18/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31st March 2019
Interview date: 25th June 2019
Proposed start date: September 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
- Good spoken and written English. - Essential
- Spoken and written Spanish. - Desirable 
Computer / IT skills
- General use of office packages. - Essential
- Ability to learn specialist software. - Essential
- Knowledge of GIS software. - Desirable 
- Ability to prioritise tasks. - Essential
- Calm under pressure. - Essential
- Able to work as part of small team working under pressure. - Essential
- Basic numeracy. - Essential
Skills / Experience
- HF/VHF Radio Operation. - Essential
- Prior experience of BAS or other Polar operations. - Desirable 
- Experience of aircraft flight following (AGRO, FISS, ATC or similar). - Desirable 
- Experience in similar field, emergency services dispatcher, etc. - Desirable 
You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.
Apply by post:
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.
- Application form
- Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire
- Polar Service Application Medical Form - Version 2
- Send your completed application forms to:
- Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
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.