Tower Supervisor

Job reference:
BAS 22/08
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
6 Months
£25,179 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
Closing date:
31 March, 2022 11:59 pm


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 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

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science and 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.

COVID-19 update

• 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. The assessment is done confidentially by our Medical Unit and the criteria might be subject to change.
• You will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, more details will be confirmed closer to your appointment date using the most recent guidance from the government and our medical unit.
• You might be required to quarantine two weeks before your deployment, and you might sail to Antarctica on our polar ship.

All applications will be checked 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.


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 Math 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 reference: BAS 22/08
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31 March 2022
Interviews are scheduled to be held: week of 6 June 2022
Interview dates are subject to change.

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)

Computer / IT skills

  • Experience of flight planning software e.g. AFPEX. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of GIS software - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, be proactive and offer a solution-oriented - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels internally and externally - Essential
  • Self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic approach to work - Essential


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

Resource Management ability

  • Determined and committed to high quality standards - Essential
  • Ability to prioritise work, meet deadlines and work calmly under pressure - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Demonstrable interest in Polar aviation or radio work - Essential
  • Experience of Aviation Operations and Flight Following or equivalent - Essential
  • Experience of polar field operations or equivalent operational environment - Essential
  • Working with people in 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]

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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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

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+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.