Station Support Assistant - #59545

British Antarctic Survey

Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Cambridge
Contract type: Full time

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for exceptional personnel to join our team of thirteen support staff at Rothera Research Station, comprising chefs, station support assistants and station general assistants. Together they provide essential catering, domestic and general support duties to look after our staff and logistical processes. BAS enables and delivers world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions, employing experts from many different professions to maintain its stations, support its scientists and keep everyone safe. This is one of those roles!

Skilled science, operational and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance understanding of the Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know-how, BAS facilitates access for the British and international science communities to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with excellent infrastructure help sustain a world-leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. The British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation

Working at BAS is rewarding. The UK’s polar research effort is critically important for understanding environmental issues that affect everyone. This is an opportunity to do what may seem like an ordinary job in the most extraordinary place on Earth.

You’d be joining the Polar Operations department as a member of Station Operations for Rothera Research Station. Station Operations also includes management functions, such as station leaders and logistics management, as well as science support roles for marine research. The team works alongside colleagues in Technical Services and Vehicles Engineering to enable Field and Air Operations so that scientists are supported in their research activities.

Collectively, you’d help us to deliver essential support functions to keep approximately 150 staff nourished in a clean and comfortable environment, while ensuring cargo operations efficiently resupply the station and waste is managed in accordance with our environmental policies.

Within the role, there will be an opportunity to develop an understanding of the different types of positions deployed to the Antarctic, necessary to sustain a national polar research programme. Seasonal staff are encouraged to return, to develop their knowledge and understanding of work in Antarctica, and provide consistency to the operation of the station. Each support team has a head position, which provides opportunities for returning staff to take on management responsibilities, as well as developing their inter-personal and decision-making skills.

You’d be joining a world-leading interdisciplinary research organisation that is committed to recruiting talented people, like you, giving you the support needed to thrive at BAS. Antarctica is one of the most exhilarating and spectacular workplaces you could imagine.

A large modernisation project is underway at Rothera, which has been ongoing since 2018, delivering a new wharf, resurfaced runway and a new operations facility, known as the Discovery Building. This season, the Discovery Building will be commissioned and handed over to BAS to occupy. As members of the support staff, you’d also be enabling the construction team to complete this ground-breaking project as well as take your place as some of the first users of this amazing new capability.

The job description in the DOWNLOAD LINK describes the skills and experience the ideal candidate for this role possesses, along with your main responsibilities.

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What we offer:

As a valued employee, you’ll be eligible for benefits including an end of contract payment upon completion of a successful assignment in Antarctica, annual leave, a defined benefit pension scheme with NEST (National Employment Savings Trust) and access to 24 hours/365 days per year employee assistance programme. In addition, you will be provided with pre-deployment training and accommodation costs. All food, accommodation and polar clothing during Antarctic deployment will also be provided.

What experiences can we offer you?

At BAS we believe everyone plays a vital role, is unique and valued, therefore, we embrace diversity as well as equality of opportunity and are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming working environment where everyone’s unique perspectives are valued.

Different perspectives and collaborative working help us achieve our best work and come together to form a high performing team which makes positive changes in the business. That’s the power of every individual. Our cultural values are built on mutual respect, inclusion, commitment and excellence.

If you are looking for an opportunity to work with world class and amazing people in one of the most unique places in the world, then the British Antarctic Survey could be for you.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £27,879.00 per day

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • English not required

Work Location: In person

Reference ID: BAS 24/04

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