Field Operations Manager, British Antarctic Survey Jobs


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a Field Operations Manager to deliver BAS field activity and support the planning of deployed field work.

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know-how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world-leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs.

British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams, and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


  • To manage and safely deliver BAS field activity within the resources allocated.
  • To support the planning of deployed field work.
  • To line manage Field Guides and other operational staff involved in field science support and air support activities, as required


  • No formal qualifications required.


  • Deploy "south" to oversee the delivery of the agreed Field Programme
  • Ensure fieldwork is undertaken safely and efficiently
  • Coordinate, administer and lead in the delivery of all field-deployed activities
  • Coordinate delivery of scientists' requirements within resources available
  • Input, as required/directed by Head of Field Operations, to the planning of the field programme and support to the wider Operations team
  • Undertake planning activities commensurate with the role including, but not limited to, calculations of air hours, payload, fuel burn, Field Guide requirements, safety equipment provision and terrain analysis
  • Work closely with the Chief Pilot to execute the programme plan safely and efficiently
  • Actively drive the development of field training, equipment and procedures
  • Manage the field budget, directing procurement of spares and equipment
  • Proactively explore ways in which field operations can be more environmentally sustainable
  • Research and assist with implementing innovative use of technology to reduce carbon footprint
  • To line manage field operations staff (including Field Guides, Tower Supervisor, Communications staff, Forecaster etc).
  • To play a full role in field and operational staff assessment, appraisal and development
  • To organise and be responsible for the delivery of in-theatre and pre-deployment field training for all staff as required
  • Ensure appropriate field emergency plans and procedures are maintained and regularly exercised. Take a lead role in the management of major incidents, emergencies and difficulties as they arise.
  • Liaise with other National Programmes and polar operators as required for mutual support and collaboration
  • To undertake additional tasks as required by line management

A full skills specification is available to view on the BAS website at

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 22/61
Publication date: 10/05/2022
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 12/06/22
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: TBC

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

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