Tower Operations Supervisor – Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 69/19
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Antarctic Summer (Up to 8 Months)
£33,397 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a 10% bonus on your Antarctic Service.
We offer generous benefits
Operational Teams
Closing date:
2 June, 2019 11:59 pm


We are currently looking for an organised and innovative individual to join our field operations team as a Tower Operations Supervisor. The role will involve working at the Rothera Research Station and you will be responsible for managing the tower operations and procedures. You will be a focal point for the Tower operations team and will be responsible for recruitment and training. We are looking for someone to take an innovative approach to this role and to continually look of for ways to improve current work processes.

This role requires a self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic individual with the ability to work off their own initiative. You will need to have a background in aviation or flight operations and have experience working in a high pressure and safety-critical environment.


To assist with the management, organisation and coordination of Rothera tower operations, acting as a focal point for the Tower operations team.

The post holder will work closely with operational managers and external organisations to manage processes, people and training to ensure the Tower operations team provides safe and effective support to field and station operations.


GCSEs in Maths and English or equivalent


- Manage tower operations including; procedures, standards, guidance & supporting documents to provide safe, timely and effective support to operations.
- Take an active part in day to day tower operations.
- Recruitment, line management, & training of Communications operators.
- Provision of ongoing training and currency checking of Communications officers throughout the season.
- Liaison with operational managers & other departments to ensure the tower provides effective support to operations, including planning and work out of season.
- Take an innovative approach to drive solutions and improve ways of working.
- Ensure communications equipment and aviation navigational aids are functional and available when required.
- Assist in the safe execution of UAV flying operations.
- Maintain an active interest in aviation and associated technical fields in order to ensure that future requirements are adequately considered in operational planning.
- Act as a supportive member of the operations team, undertaking other tasks as may be required by the Head of Polar Operations to deliver operational output.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

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 69/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 2nd June 2019
Interview date: 11th June 2019
Proposed start date: As soon as possible

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.

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


  • GCSEs in Math and English or equivalent. - Essential
  • A Levels or equivalent vocational qualification. - Desirable [3]

Skills/Abilities and Special Attributes

  • Experience of flight planning software e.g. AFPEX. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of GIS software. - Desirable [3]
  • Demonstrable interest in Polar aviation or radio work. - Essential
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, be proactive and offer a solution-oriented approach . - Essential
  • Determined and committed to high quality standards. - Essential
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels internally and externally. - Essential
  • Ability to prioritise work, meet deadlines and work calmly under pressure. - Essential
  • Self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic approach to work. - Essential

Work Related Experience

  • Experience in emergency services operations centres. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of Aviation Operations and Flight Following or equivalent. - Essential
  • Experience of polar field operations or equivalent operational environment. - Essential
  • Experience working with people in a demanding, safety-critical environment. - Essential
  • Ability to deliver training and assess on-going competence. - Essential
  • Ability to lead a close knit team working in a high pressure environment. - Essential
  • Experience of air traffic control roles. - Desirable [3]
  • Working knowledge of MS packages. - Desirable [3]
  • Vocational qualification. - Desirable [3]

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Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

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