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Field Assistant

Please quote ref no: BAS 19/14
Closing date for applications: 20 Apr 2014

Main Description

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.

We now require Field Assistants to conduct scientific colleagues safely and efficiently within the polar environment both on continental ice shelves and glaciated mountainous regions.

Qualifications: No specific qualifications required, however, Mountain Instructors certification, Mountain Instructors Award are desirable.

Duration: 6-18 Months

Salary: Salary starts at £23,700 per annum, rising annually. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a 10% bonus. BAS provides all training required, outdoor and work clothing, tools, and accommodation (whilst in the Antarctic).

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.antarctica.ac.uk/employment

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 19//14
Closing date for receipt of application forms is. 20th April 2014
Interviews are scheduled to be held on. w/c 23rd June 2014


We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.
You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.


Formal Description

Field Assistant
Ref No.: BAS 19/14
Closing Date: 20 Apr 2014

1. Job Title: Field Assistant
  Reference No: BAS 19/14
  Department:
  Line Manager: Field Operations Manager
  Contract Type: Antarctic Employment Pool (AEP)

2. Location:
Antarctica

3. Purpose:
To conduct scientific colleagues safely and efficiently within the polar environment both on continental ice shelves and glaciated mountainous regions. Field parties come under the charge of the Field Operations Manager, who is based at Rothera and to whom the Field Assistants are responsible for the safety, efficiency and well-being of their parties. All duties should be carried out in accordance with the Field Operations Manual.

4. Duties:
Key Duties and Responsibilities FGA

- To organise and carry out the work in a safe and professional way.

- To report major problems to the Field Operations Manager when they arise.

- To ensure the safe and efficient movement of the field party.

- The organisation of a field parties’ camp site.

- To complete daily radio schedules whilst in the field, reporting on the field parties status.

- To maintain any equipment including the two-stroke Snowmobiles.

- To undertake any field training as necessary for science and support staff. To make assessment of trainee abilities and mentor/enhance skills.

- To compile a report at the end of each season which should contain techniques, routes, weather observations, diary etc along with general advice for future visitors to the area.

- To give support to the scientific project where it does not impede primary responsibilities for field safety and management.

- To work with other staff to ensure that the operational and safety standards of the Base are maintained.

- To undertake general duties as required by the Field Operations Manager and / or Base Commander, which could include building maintenance, decorating, cargo work, fuelling and loading of aircraft.

- To man remote field camps and provide support to aircraft operations.

- To assist in SAR exercises and staff incidents.

For overwintering personnel:

- To renovate and prepare equipment for the next season.

- To undertake approved recreational travel for station personnel who overwinter taking responsibility for the journey / trip.

Main Purpose of Job Traverse Leader iSTAR/Ronne Polar Oceans drilling

To manage scientific colleagues safely and efficiently within the polar environment both on continental ice shelves and glaciated mountainous regions.

The iSTAR traverse comes under the charge of the Field Operations Manager, however, on-site management, the detailed planning for the activity prior to deployment to Rothera and management of the support staff on the traverse are the responsibility of the iSTAR Traverse Manager. The Traverse Manager is responsible for the safety, efficiency and well-being of participants on that program for the duration of the traverse and local support to any associated ancillary logistics/science tasks. Field tasks should be carried out in accordance with the Field Operations Manual, where applicable.


Key Duties and Responsibilities Traverse Leader iSTAR/Ronne Polar Oceans drilling

- To organise logistics tasks for traverse and preparation of the iSTAR/Ronne tractor system, specifically

- Planning the logistics needs from depots, fuel transfers and team support needs

- Route investigation from satellite imagery and use of the radar system

- Science project integration needs

- Oversight of cargo delivery

- Equipment procurement, as required

- To manage the team of staff running the iSTAR/Ronne traverse

- To undertake any field training as necessary for science and support staff.

- Training for radar use

- Training for use of explosives

- Environmental protection needs

- To organise and carry out the work in a safe and professional way.

- To ensure the safe and efficient movement of the field party

- To report major problems to the Field Operations Manager when they arise.

- The organisation of a field parties’ camp sites.

- To complete daily radio schedules whilst in the field, reporting on the field parties status.

- To maintain any equipment including the two-stroke Snowmobiles.

- Management of field depots that are traversed on the route.

- Ancillary logistics tasks associated with other projects that connect into the traverse

- Management of the local science support task needs that link to off-iSTAR/Ronne drilling projects eg aircraft support to isostatic rebound and pRES instrument deployments by aircraft


- To compile a report at the end of the season which should contain techniques, routes, weather observations, diary etc along with general advice for future visitors to the area.

- To give support to the scientific project where it does not impede primary responsibilities for field safety and management.

- To undertake general duties as required by the Field Operations Manager and / or Base Commander, which could include building maintenance, decorating, cargo work, fuelling and loading of aircraft.


Key stakeholders:

- To work with the iSTAR or Polar Oceans Science Manager to ensure science team requirements are met and that appropriate & timely support is given.

- To work with the Field Operations Manager to ensure meshing activities are properly co-ordinated and field safety is managed to BAS standards.

- To work with the BAS Operations Manager and BAS Health & Safety Advisor to ensure safe systems of work are agreed and documented for the traverse.

Skills Specification

Field Assistant
Ref No.: BAS 19/14
Closing Date: 20 Apr 2014

Characteristics Essential Requirements
Importance rating in parenthesis
  Desirable Requirements
Importance rating in parenthesis
Communication skillsa) oral skillsb) written skills
* Effective communications to team and base (sometimes remotely eg over HF Radio).  
 
* Outdoor skills teaching Experience. (2)
Computer / IT skills
 
* Basic knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet use. (3)
Decision Making
* Ability to make decisions work in a team environment as well as autonomous decision making.  
 
Interpersonal skills
* One to one, as well as strong team working.  
 
Other Factors
* Physically capable & medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.  
 
Qualifications
 
* Mountain Instructors Award. (2)
* Mountain Instructors certification. (2)
Resource Management ability
* Problem solving ability.  
* High level of competence with attention to detail.  
 
Skills / Experience
* Broad experience in mountain settings.  
* Proficient mountain technical skills.  
* High level of mountain awareness.  
 
* Participation in expeditions and Alpine glacier experience. (2)