We are looking to appoint a Field Dive Officer (FDO) to support scientific SCUBA diving operations at our Rothera research station. The FDO is responsible for the supervision and organisation of all diving activities at Rothera. Requests for diving are made through the FDO and the FDO must be present on site whenever a dive takes place.
This role is ideally suited to experienced research divers, providing a fantastic opportunity to support ground breaking science. Typical projects involve marine wildlife surveys, deployment of data loggers, collection of sediment samples and surveys of seabed iceberg scour. Scientific diving operations continue year round, predominantly deployed from small boats (RIBs) and occasionally (when conditions allow) through sea ice.
Contributing to communal station duties on a rota basis forms a key part of the role. This includes cleaning, cooking and night watch rounds (training will be provided).
RYA Level 2 Powerboat qualification and dive coxswain experience are desirable, but not essential.
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 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.