Tower Operations Supervisor

Job reference:
BAS 20/26
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
Antarctic employment pool team
Closing date:
31 March, 2020 2:00 pm


British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as a Tower Operations Supervisor in Antarctica.

What is about?

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, organized, innovative 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.

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

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 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.

Please quote the following reference for any queries: BAS 20/26
Closing date for receipt of applications form is: 31st March 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 5th May 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)


  • GCSEs in Math and English or equivalent. - Essential
  • A Levels or equivalent vocational qualification - Desirable [3]
  • Air/Ground operators or FISO qualification - Desirable [5]

Skills / Experience

  • Demonstrable interest in Polar aviation or radio work. - Essential
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative be proactive and offer a solution-oriented approach . - Essential
  • Experience of flight planning software e.g. AFPEX. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of GIS software - Desirable [3]
  • 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
  • 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 in emergency services operations centres. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of air traffic control roles. - Desirable [3]
  • Working knowledge of MS packages - Desirable [3]
  • Vocational qualification - Desirable [3]

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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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

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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.

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