Station General Assistant

Job reference:
BAS 20/21
Contract type:
Summer only (up to 6 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
British Antarctic Survey
Antarctica - Rothera
Closing date:
31 March, 2020 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as a Station General Assistant in Antarctica.

What is about?

The Station General Assistant will undertake station support activities including;

  • Waste management,
  • Cargo handling and freight preparation and handling, aircraft support duties when required,
  • Field depot staffing,
  • Station general support duties & site tidying.
  • Possible additional tasks such as boating support, field support as suitable for the candidates.

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 keep the 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 undertake station support activities including; waste management, cargo handling and freight preparation and handling, aircraft support duties when required, field depot staffing, station general support duties & site tidying. Possible additional tasks such as boating support, field support as suitable for the candidates.


  • Manual work associated with station depots and station clean-up tasks.
  • Waste management tasks associated with station running and occasional similar work in field sites.
  • Report writing for the above activities.
  • Completion of all necessary waste and cargo documentation.
  • Vehicle operations as required & according to training.
  • To assist in general station running and domestic duties as detailed by the Station Leader.

Please quote the following reference for any queries: BAS 20/21
Closing date for receipt of applications form is: 31 March 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 12 June 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

  • Fluency in written and spoken English Language - Essential
  • * Basic word processing to write a report at the end of the activities. - Desirable [3]
  • Ability to fill in cargo documentation. - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Ability to act on own initiative. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work harmoniously within a team. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Self-management and motivation - Essential
  • Ability to lead a small team in a remote location - Desirable [2]

Other Factors

  • Ability to take on a board range of tasks, thus trade skills are valuable, but not essential. - Desirable [1]

Resource Management ability

  • General project delivery awareness. - 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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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.