- Job reference:
- BAS 20/16
- Contract type:
- Antarctic Contract
- £24,685 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
- Antarctica - Rothera and Halley
- Closing date:
- 31 March, 2021 11:59 pm
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.
Antarctica is the coldest and most isolated continent in the world. It’s also the most exhilarating, providing a unique and spectacular setting for our vital scientific research. By joining the team responsible for building and maintaining our facilities and equipment, you could play a crucial role in our success.
Working as a part of a small team, you will be responsible for maintaining and repairing the structure, fabric, fixtures and fitting of BAS stations. Using your own initiative, you will be required to be self-motivated and work both individually and as part of a team. You will have recognised experience within a steel erecting environment to UK standards, served a full apprenticeship or training program, BTEC, relevant City and Guilds or NVQ, together with on-site practical erection and fabrication experience.
Who we are
British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Our 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 our 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 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 one of the most unique places in the world, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.
- We have a responsibility to do everything that we can to ensure that BAS Ships and Stations remain COVID free and that staff are deployed safely and responsibly. Our medical screening for this season will therefore take account of the recognised factors that increase your risk of an adverse reaction to the coronavirus (Primarily this is BMI at or above 30, age over 60 years old, or a history of smoking). The assessment is done confidentially by our Medical Unit and the criteria might be subject to change.
- You might be required to quarantine two weeks prior to your deployment, and you might sail to Antarctica on our polar ship.
All applications will be checked at point of application by BAS staff and those without the right to work in the UK or without a realistic prospect of being able to acquire the right to work in the UK will not progress.
Please read the Applicants guide here before submitting your application.
As part of a small team play an integral role in the moving of the existing station, including raising and levelling the station, ancillary buildings and building new steel tower structures. Working closely with vehicles operatives in rigging and associated works for towing the accommodation and support modules for relocation to new site.
Recognised experience within a steel erecting environment to UK standards. Served full apprenticeship /training program, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ.
- Raising ancillary caboose buildings as required.
- Rigging and associated works required for moving the buildings
- Maintenance of all tools and equipment required to complete the works.
- Raising, adapting and building towers supporting scientific equipment or services distribution networks.
- It will also be necessary to complete non-routine repair and maintenance to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the base.
- Maintenance and revision of materials and tools stock lists to ensure sufficient spares, equipment and materials are available to carry out the planned works for the following year.
- To organize and carry out work in a safe, orderly and tradesman like way including compliance with all appropriate risk assessments and method statements.
- Working and assisting other building and engineering trades to ensure the planned projects are complete
- Work with and ‘stand in for’ other staff to ensure the efficient and effective operational needs of the Station are maintained.
- Undertake other general duties as required or directed by the line manager and Station Leader.
Please quote reference: BAS 21/16
Publication date: 8 January 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31 March 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 20 May 2021
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.
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
- Ability to read and interpret drawings. - Essential
Computer / IT skills
- Basic skills to use MS Office programmes and use emails. - Essential
- Previous use of electronic PPM systems. - Desirable 
- Ability to work within existing management structure, reference back to line manager with problems. - Essential
- Problem solving & flexibility. - Essential
- Ability to work individually and as part of a team. - Essential
- Able to plan and manage both time and workload. - Essential
- Understanding and experience of stock control. - Desirable 
- Good, ability to read drawings and schedules. - Essential
- Recognised experience within a steel erecting environment to UK standards. Served full apprenticeship /training program, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ. - Essential
- CSCS Certificate. - Essential
Resource Management ability
- Ability to use tools & materials. - Essential
- Self-motivated. - Essential
Skills / Experience
- On-site practical erection and fabrication experience. - Essential
- Rigging experience. - Essential
- Welding experience. - Desirable 
- General Building trade experience. - 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:
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 protected]
- +44 (0)1223 221400
- +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.