Station Support Assistant – Antarctica

at British Antarctic Survey
Location Halley or Rothera Research Stations, Antarctica
Date Posted 15th February 2017
Category Chef
Hospitality
Other
Job Type Contract/short-term

Description

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.

Purpose

The Hotel team of four chefs and four station support assistants will work together to provide:

Catering and domestic support for the 90 strong re-location and science teams.

SSA tasks will include among many….

- Daily cleaning of all public areas – mess tents, toilets & showers, corridors, and food stores.
- Re-supply cleaned toilets/showers with - toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, shampoo.
- Re-supply the mess tents 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 ).
- Support assistants are not required to work in scientific laboratories, workshops & specialty areas such as - garage, generator rooms, haz chem stores etc.
- General hands during cargo operations.
- Sleeping container and tent change overs between incoming and outgoing staff.
- Assisting the chefs with food preparation.
- Washing up after mealtimes and assisting the chefs with kitchen pots.
- Any other duties as seen fit by the Station Management.

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.

Duties

The Domestic team of three working on a three week rolling rota to provide;

Domestic cover from 0800 - 2000 Monday - Friday with light cover at weekends. (2 Domestics).
Night watch cover from 2300 - 0730 nightly for one full week. (1 Domestic).

1 Day duties; (2 Domestic staff).

Work hours
Monday - Friday 08:00 - 14:00 16:00 - 20:00
Saturday Rest day
Sunday Rest day

Note; Saturday night meal to be covered by the base compliment to allow the team to be an integral part of the base.

- Daily cleaning of all public areas - dining room, lounge, bar, library, toilets & showers, corridors & stairs.
- Re-supply cleaned toilets/showers with - toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, shampoo.
- Re-supply the dining room 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.
- Assist the Chef Manager 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).
- Domestics are not required to work in scientific laboratories, workshops & specialty areas such as - hangar, dive facility, boat house, sledge store, hazardous chemical stores etc.
- Any other duties as seen fit by the Station Management.

2 Night watch duties. (1 Domestic).

Work hours are Sunday - Saturday 2300 - 0730 with two Half hour tea breaks and one hour lunch break. (During breaks times the night watchman will still need to be available to cover safety aspects of night watch if the need arises).

- Conduct routine safety rounds of the buildings (no specialist knowledge is required - training is provided).
- Lone worker alarm will be carried by night watchman to give safety cover, alarm unit will be held and operated by following week’s watchman.
- Clean corridors, lounge, bar, library, stairs, re-stock public areas.
- Compile routine met data (training provided).
- Breakfast; general meal time preparation.
- Any other duties as seen fit by the Station Management.

Note:
- Some of the above tasks overlap between the night watchman and those on general domestic duties this is to give full cover in and out of the working day as appropriate.
- Night watch at Rothera is a dry week when no alcohol can be consumed.

Application

For further details and to apply please see the link below:

https://www.bas.ac.uk/jobs/vacancy/station-support-assistant-antarctica/

The deadline for applications is the 2nd April

We are particularly keen to hear from members of the Explorers Connect community so please mention Explorers Connect in your application.