Welder/Pipe Fitter – Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 22/74
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Antarctic Summer (Approx. 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
Antarctica- Rothera
Closing date:
12 June, 2022 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as Welder/Pipe Fitter in Antarctica.

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 the installation of a new Fuel Pipeline Infrastructure system, you could play a crucial role in our success.

This is a rare opportunity to be part of a small team responsible for the installation upgrades to the existing fuel pipeline infrastructure at Rothera Station, Antarctica.

Using your own initiative, you will be required to be self-motivated and work both individually and as part of a team. You will need to have served a full apprenticeship, have relevant BTEC, City & Guilds or NVQ, along with practical experience.

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 www.ukri.org 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 take responsibility for the installation of a new fuel infrastructure pipeline system at Rothera research station.


Served full apprenticeship, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ.


  • Fuel Pipeline systems and associated pumps & control gear
  • Welding
  • Pumps
  • Threaded & Flanged steel type pipe fitting
  • Reporting of problems or work requests to the line manager
  • Carrying out works as directed by the line manager

Please quote reference: BAS 22/57
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 12 June
Interviews are scheduled to be held: w/c 27 June

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 - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in both written and spoken English - Essential
  • Able to read and interpret drawings - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Basic computer operating skills; using the Microsoft Office suite of programmes - Essential
  • Use of e-mail systems - Essential
  • Report writing - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Ability to work within a management structure - Essential
  • Be self motivated - Essential
  • Ability to report any problems or issues to line manager - Essential
  • Good problem solving skills - Desirable [2]
  • Flexible approach to all tasks and duties given - Desirable [2]

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work either individually or as part of a team - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Able to plan and manage both time and workload - Essential


  • Served full apprenticeship, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ - Essential
  • Recognised qualification within the mechanical services industry - Desirable [2]
  • CSCS Certificate - Desirable [2]

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to use tools and materials in a workmanlike manner - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Practical post qualification/apprenticeship site experience - Essential
  • Knowledge of light commercial water supply systems - Essential
  • Experience of building management systems (BMS) - Essential
  • Experience with installation and commissioning of low/high pressure water systems and associated components as per industrial fuel supply specifications - Desirable [2]

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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.

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