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Able Seaman – Marine

  • Post Date:1st September 2019
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  • Offered Salary £20,000-£24,999
    Salary Starting from £24,336 per annum
Job Description

Job reference:  BAS 95/19

Contract type:  Full Time Marine Contract

Duration:  Open-Ended Appointment.

Salary:  Starting from £24,336 per annum

Benefits:  We offer generous benefits

Team:  New Polar Vessel and Associated Projects team

Location:  RRS Sir David Attenborough

Closing date:   30 September, 2019 11:59 pm



The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is currently looking for an Able Seaman 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.


• 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.


– 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 Designated Security Duties


• 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.

• To undertake other duties as requested by the Director of BAS.

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 95/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 30th September 2019

Interviews are scheduled to be held on: Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th October

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 job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.