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Able Seaman - RRS Sir David Attenborough

  • Post Date:11th August 2021
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  • Rank Deck officer
    Vessel Type Specialist/other
    Location Type Deepsea
  • Offered Salary £25,000-£29,999
    Salary Starting salary from £25,319 per annum.
Job Description

Job reference: BAS 21/105

Contract type: Full Time Marine Contract

Duration: Open-Ended Appointment

Benefits: We offer generous benefits

Team: British Antarctic Survey

Location: RRS Sir David Attenborough

Closing date: 22 August, 2021 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is currently looking for an Able Seaman. 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 research cruises carrying out research programmes and transporting people and supplies to the BAS research stations in Antarctica.


▪ 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 Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSC&RB)
  • 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.
  • To assist with specific marine related activities or projects by working in the offices of BAS, as and when required.
  • 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.

Skills Specification

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Knowledge & Experience

  • Strong awareness of health, safety, security and environmental issues. – Essential
  • Understanding of all relevant convention and national statutory regulations applicable to the role. – Essential
  • Experience with the operation and maintenance of complex shipboard handling (lifting) equipment. – Essential
  • An enthusiasm for advancing our understanding of the marine environment – Essential
  • General experience of cargo stowing/lashing/discharging – Essential
  • Experience of working on a scientific research vessel – Essential
  • Crane driving skills – Desirable [3]


  • Seaman Grade 1 – AB’s Certificate issued by MCA – Essential
  • Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1) without restrictions – Essential
  • Navigational Watch Rating Certificate – Essential
  • Four Elements of STCW basic training to STCW 2010, as amended (PST, FPFF, EFA & PSSR) – Essential
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSC&RB) – Essential
  • STCW Fast Rescue Boat certificate – Desirable [3]
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties – Essential
  • STCW Advanced Fire Fighting – Desirable [3]
  • Helideck Emergency Response Team Member – Desirable [3]

Skills & Competencies

  • Ability to communicate with all levels of staff – Essential
  • Strong and independent problem solving skills – Essential
  • Practical maintenance skills – Essential
  • An effective team player able to build and sustain productive working relationships with deck team and ship staff, scientists and science technicians – Essential