The British Antarctic Survey

Station Support Assistant – Antarctica

£23,937 per annum initially.
09 Jan 2019
31 Mar 2019
BAS 08/19
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.


No formal qualifications required.


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 up to 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” meaning no alcohol can be consumed.

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 08/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31st March 2019
Interview date: 10th and 11th June 2019
Proposed start date: September 2019

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. 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. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

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