Field Safety Manager, British Antarctic Survey Jobs

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The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a Field Safety Manager to help ensure field-deployed activity is undertaken to the highest possible standards of safety. The successful candidate will provide expert advice on safe working practices in remote regions, such as the Antarctic.

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.


  • Working as part of the Field Operations team you will help ensure field-deployed activity is undertaken to the highest possible standards of safety.
  • You will use your experience of working in polar and other remote environments to assess, plan and implement safe systems of work for field-deployed teams.


  • Responsible for developing and managing a field safety system to ensure all fieldwork is adequately risk assessed, safety policies, procedures and contingencies are in place and fully documented
  • Provide expert advice on safe working practices in remote and hostile environments, particularly the polar regions
  • Work closely with the Clothing Manager to provide expert guidance on the specification, provision and issue of polar clothing
  • Plan, implement and manage a programme of field safety training under the guidance of the Head of Field Operations
  • Support Head of Field Operations to manage Field SAR arrangements, contingency, training and exercises
  • Work with other Safety Managers to share knowledge and ensure consistency of approach where applicable
  • Actively drive collaboration with other National Programmes and polar operators to share knowledge and exchange information
  • Drive continuous improvement of the safety system, processes and culture
  • Undertake safety surveys, inspections and audits
  • Prepare written reports of findings, recommendations for corrective and preventative measures and ensure follow up actions are completed
  • Contribute to post-accident/incident investigations
  • Maintain relevant documentation and records
  • Support the wider Field and Operations team as required

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

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 22/65
Publication date: 06/05/22
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 19/06/22
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 EmployersNetwork 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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