Boating Officer – South Georgia – Antarctica

at British Antarctic Survey (view profile)
Location Cambridge, United Kingdom
Date Posted 25th July 2019
Category Driver/Skipper
In the field
In the field & office
Job Type Contract/short-term
Remote working


We are looking to appoint Boating Officers to run the small boat operations at King Edward Point (KEP) research station on the remote island of South Georgia.

The BAS Boating Officers at KEP station are responsible for the boating operation in support of the boating operation for the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. This will include fishery vessel inspections and boating support for government and science projects.

You should have excellent sea-borne skills as a coxswain on both RIBs and jet drive boats, experience in a training role and have good customer liaison skills. Just as importantly the applicants should be experienced in dealing with a wide range of maintenance and repairs on jet driven harbour launches and rigid inflatable boats. Ideally one of the Boating Officers should have a marine engineering background.

At KEP you will carry out a variety of boating support tasks, these will primarily be passenger and equipment transfers. In addition, you will also provide a local Search & Rescue boating capability and will enable recreational boating opportunities for your colleagues.

Working in sometimes difficult conditions you will get to experience and work amongst the stunning coastal alpine scenery of South Georgia and have the opportunities to encounter penguins, seals and whales that inhabit this amazing environment.

If you are an experienced boat handler with a love of the sea and are after a different and truly unforgettable boating job, this could be the role for you


To manage, operate and maintain the small boats used in support of the Government of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands.


RYA Powerboat Instructor and RYA Advanced Powerboat.


• Day to day management of the boating fleet. The tasking will be related to weather conditions and various priorities in order to support the government and scientific work at KEP research station.
• Coxswain two 10.5m jet drive harbour launches. These have rigid aluminium hulls and are driven by two Yanmar 315 bhp diesel engines and twin Hamilton jet drives.
• Coxswain two 5.5m Humber Destroyer RIBs with twin Evinrude 40 bhp engines. These are mainly used for beach landings.
• Advise the Station Leader and Government Officers on safety issues associated with boating operations.
• Carry out regular planned maintenance on diesel engines, outboard engines, Hamilton jet drives and checks on boat comms equipment.
• Carry out minor and major repair work on the boats. This may include various mechanical and electrical repairs on the boat engines and systems, glass fibre hulls and sponson repairs.
• Instruct and train other station staff through a defined training syllabus. This will be through a series of theoretical and practical exercises including launch & recovery, boat handling skills, seamanship, search & rescue techniques and navigation using GPS, chart plotter and radar.
• Ensure that boating spares stock take, inventory and orders take place through the AMOS database system.
• Provide a monthly boating activity and running hours report.
• Produce an annual KEP station boating report.
• Assist with revising boating procedures and risk assessments as required by the Station Operations Manager.
• Assist in general station rotas including cooking/cleaning as required by the Station Leader.
• To undertake other duties as required 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 03/19a

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 11th August 2019
Interview date: Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th August 2019
Proposed start date: 8th 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.

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