The British Antarctic Survey

Station Support Assistant – Antarctica

£23,937 per annum initially.
05 Jan 2018
02 Feb 2018
BAS 15/18
Job Function
Food & Beverage
Contract Type
Full Time


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 building and maintaining our facilities and equipment, you could play a crucial role in our success.
We are looking to appoint a Station Support Assistant to undertake all manner of domestic duties on station including catering duties, waste handling and laundry.

Do you currently work in a similar role? If so this could be the job for you.
This is not your standard hotel or restaurant job. You will be a vital part of the station team. You will travel to Antarctica and as part of your day to day work ride skidoos, be part of the station emergency response teams, fly on small aircraft over the ice shelf’s or sail through the pack ice on one of our ice strengthened ships. The work will be hard but the memories will last for a lifetime.


The team of chefs and station support assistants work together to provide catering and domestic support for the science, support and construction teams on stations.


SSA duties will include among many:
- Daily cleaning of all public areas, toilets & showers, corridors, and food stores.
- Re-supply facilities with - toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, shampoo.
- Re-supply the mess areas with - tea, coffee, milk, cereals, butter, biscuits & snacks etc. - For mealtimes & tea breaks - make up milk & juices, lay tables, operate dishwasher, clear tables.
- Launder bed linen, towels & tea towels. Launder cloths and work wear for team.
- Assist the Chefs in re-supplying the kitchen stores.
- Handle all kitchen & domestic waste from public areas. Bale or shred as required (involves the use of simple industrial machinery).
- Bedroom change overs between incoming and outgoing staff.
- Assisting the chefs with food preparation.
- Washing up after mealtimes and assisting the chefs with kitchen pots.
-Tag board and sign out book oversight. Informing station management of people not returned by their due time.
- General hands during cargo operations.
- Night checks on key pieces of scientific and station infrastructure.
- Night time radio cover for field parties
- Any other duties as required by the Station Management.
The SSA team will work a rolling rota to provide cover both days and nights. The role will involve working two out of six weeks on night shift. Some of the above tasks overlap between the night and day duties this is to give full cover in and out of the working day as appropriate.
- Night watch is “dry” no alcohol can be consumed.
Other duties:
- To undertake other duties as requested by the Director of BAS.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at
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 15/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 1st April 2018
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: w/c 11th June 2018
Proposed start date: TBC

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. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job role.

From April 2018, the British Antarctic Survey, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. More information can be found online at From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.

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 written and spoken English language. - Essential

Decision Making

  • Able to prioritise tasks. - Essential
  • Ability to think and work methodically and take a systematic approach to work. - Essential
  • Ability to work on own initiative. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Amiable and able to work as part of a close knit team. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Ability to work without supervision. - Essential
  • Ability to organise workload and balance priorities. - Essential
  • Experience of training other staff. - Desirable [3]

Numerical ability

  • Basic Numeracy. - Essential

Other Factors

  • Must be adaptable and reliable. - Essential
  • Must be able to pass a BAS medical. - Essential
  • Experience of living and working in remote environments. - Desirable [3]


  • BICs (or equivalent) trained. - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Good time management skills. - Essential
  • Ability to meet deadlines. - Desirable [3]

Skills / Experience

  • Experience of domestic duties/cleaning in a professional capacity - Essential
  • Experience of using domestic machinery. - Desirable [3]
  • Ability to handle multiple domestic tasks. - Essential
  • Ability to manage routine tasks within set timescales. - Essential
  • Stock take/control experience. - Essential
  • Knowledge of COSHH regulations. - Essential
  • Good physical resilience, stamina and mobility including ability to reach, kneel and bend. - Essential
  • Ability to lift, push and pull required loads. - Essential
  • In the last 12 months held a professional cleaning role in hospitality industry for at least six months. - Essential
  • Waste management experience. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of a professional catering environment. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience in a Hotel or residential care facility. - Desirable [3]
  • Food safety trained to level 2. - Desirable [3]