Able Seaman / Launchman – Mariner

at British Antarctic Survey
Location RRS Sir David Attenborough, Antarctica
Date Posted 6th September 2018
Category In the field
Job Type Full-time


Job reference: BAS 81/18

Contract type: Mariner

Duration: Open-Ended Appointment

Salary: For Able Seaman the salary is in the range of £24,000 to £29,000 per annum.For Launchman the salary is in the range of £26,000 to £30,000 per annum.

Benefits: We offer generous benefits

Team: British Antarctic Survey

Location: RRS Sir David Attenborough

Closing date: 30 September, 2018 11:59 pm



The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is currently looking for an experienced Able Seaman / Launchman to join the New Polar Research Vessel – RRS Sir David Attenborough. This is an exciting opportunity to work on-board a world-leading polar exploration and research vessel. The state-of-the-art on-board facilities and future-proof containerised laboratories on this world-leading science platform will offer new research opportunities for polar scientists.

The successful candidate will take part in supporting Arctic research cruises in the northern summer and carrying out research programmes and transporting people and supplies to the BAS research stations in Antarctica during the austral summer.


Main Purpose of Able Seaman:
• Safe handling and operation of all deck and scientific deck equipment.
• Safe handling of cargo and stores.
• Maintenance and cleanliness in the deck department.
• General seamanship duties.

Main Purpose of Launchman:
Those of an Able Seaman and in addition;
• Safe operation of the Cargo Tender & Workboat.
• Maintain the Cargo Tender & Workboat in a seaworthy condition.


Anyone applying to be an Able Seaman must have the minimum of:
• Seaman Grade 1 – AB’s Certificate issued by MCA
• Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1) without restrictions
• Navigational Watch Rating Certificate
• Four Elements of STCW basic training to STCW 2010, as amended (PST, FPFF, EFA & PSSR)
• Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSC&RB)
• Proficiency in Designated Security Duties

Anyone applying to be a Launchman must have the minimum of the above plus:
• STCW Fast Rescue Boat certificate
• RYA VHF Operator or equivalent.


Able Seaman Duties and Responsibilities:
• To operate deck machinery as directed by a Deck Officer, CPO Deck (Bosun).
• To assist in safe rigging, deployment, recovery and stowage of scientific equipment.
• To assist with maintenance and cleanliness of the ship as directed.
• To undertake cargo operations as safe loading, stowage, lashing, discharge of cargo, scientific equipment and stores.
• Participate in the preparation, operation and maintenance of boats as required.
• To assist in mooring and anchoring duties as required.
• To stand Bridge/Deck watches and ship-keeping duties in port as directed.
• General seamanship duties as required.
• To undertake any other duties consistent with the key responsibilities and duties of the post, as directed by the Master.

Launchman Duties and Responsibilities:
To undertake the duties of an Able Seaman and in addition;
• To maintain and operate the cargo tender and workboat carried on board the vessel.
• To liaise with the Engineering Department to arrange for mechanical/electrical repairs and any
assistance required for refuelling operations.
• To ensure that the cargo tender and workboat are kept in a seaworthy condition and inform the Chief
Officer in good time, should any defect affect their seaworthiness.
• To maintain the stock of consumables for both the cargo tender and workboat.
• To mentor other crewmembers in cargo tender and workboat maintenance and operation as required.
• To operate other small craft carried on board the vessel as required.
• To assist during cargo transfers using small craft and operate the tender’s crane as required.
• To assist during science operations using small craft.
• To undertake any other duties consistent with the key responsibilities and duties of the post, as directed
by the Master.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at In addition to an application form you also need to complete and submit the experience form.

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 81/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 30th September 2018
Interview date: November 2018
Proposed start date: January 2019

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.

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