The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is seeking to appoint a station general assistant (SGA) at Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula during the austral summer season to undertake outdoor support duties. SGAs form a component of the operational support teams, under the purview of the Station Logistics Manager, which are critical to maintaining an efficient and functioning station.
Antarctica is the coldest and most isolated continent in the world, providing a unique and spectacular experience. Candidates must be comfortable working in an outdoor environment, with periods spent away from the station at isolated depot sites. Tasks are broad ranging, physically demanding, involve the use of machinery and vehicles, and require the individual to operate with minimal supervision as part of a small team.
A core responsibility for SGAs is managing the waste handling facility, which is key to ensuring all waste produced is segregated and processed for return to the UK in line with environmental policies. SGAs also play a central role in handling cargo, by air or by sea, especially during station relief operations. Other routine tasks during the tour may involve riding snowmobiles, participating in station emergency response teams, flying on small aircraft to field locations or sailing through the pack ice on a polar class ship.
This position is suitable for those seeking a challenging role in support of polar science, with opportunities to appreciate stunning coastal scenery and the wildlife inhabiting this amazing continent.
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.