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British Antarctic Survey   Bird Island, Antarctica

Winter Electrical Maintenance Technician

Governance, NGO, Public sector
West Antarctic region
2 weeks ago

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for an exceptional Electrical Maintenance Technician to join our amazing team based in Antarctica.  BAS delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe!

Our skilled science, operational 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 our 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), which is part of UK Research and Innovation

Working at BAS is rewarding.  The UK’s polar research effort is critically important for understanding environmental issues that affect everyone.  This is an opportunity to do what may seem like an ordinary job in the most extraordinary place on Earth.

You’ll be joining our Antarctic Estates department which provides everything needed to support life in Antarctica and is made up of skilled individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Together we make a formidable team that can deal with any situation, from servicing large refrigeration systems, to welding fuel pipelines. We take great pride in our work and are dedicated to support of polar science.

You’ll take responsibility for all planned maintenance, reactive repair, support and upkeep of all electrical and mechanical services on Station.  Within the role, there will be an opportunity to develop. As part of the Estates team, you will receive training specific to your role, but also in areas that benefit the station as a whole, such as: Fire search and rescue; advanced medical training; and deep field Antarctic survival techniques.

You’ll be joining a world-leading interdisciplinary research organisation, that is committed to recruiting talented people like you giving you the support, you need to thrive at BAS.  Antarctica is one of the most exhilarating and spectacular workplaces you could imagine.

Your main responsibilities will include:
  • Planned maintenance of all electrical and mechanical systems on site.
  • Responsibility for power generation.
  • Reactive maintenance and breakdowns.

Most of our stations are undergoing constant modification and improvement, this can range from something large like the Discovery building at Rothera, to something small like the installation of Solar panels at Bird Island. But the most exciting work is still to be done, as we move towards reducing our Carbon footprint to net zero, the challenges are increasing and we are welcoming people who have knowledge, experience or just a passion for renewable and sustainable energy production.

For the role of Electrical Maintenance Technician, we are looking for somebody who:

  • Has served a full apprenticeship, BTEC, relevant City & Guilds or NVQ
  • Has practical post qualification/apprenticeship site experience
  • Is able to plan and manage both time and workload

If we’ve just described you, we’d love to hear from you.  Apply now at

What we offer:

As a valued employee, you’ll be eligible for benefits including an end of contract payment upon completion of a successful assignment in Antarctica, annual leave, a defined benefit pension scheme with NEST (National Employment Savings Trust) and access to 24 hours/365 days per year employee assistance programme.    In addition, you will be provided with pre-deployment training and accommodation costs.  All food, accommodation and polar clothing during Antarctic deployment will also be provided.

What experiences can we offer you?

At BAS we believe everyone plays a vital role, is unique and valued, therefore, we embrace diversity as well as equality of opportunity and are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming working environment where everyone’s unique perspectives are valued.

Different perspectives and collaborative working help us achieve our best work and come together to form a high performing team which makes positive changes in the business. That’s the power of every individual.  Our cultural values are built on mutual respect, inclusion, commitment and excellence.

If you are looking for an opportunity to work with world class and amazing people in one of the most unique places in the world, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you.




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