Able Seaman

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Research / Survey 
Salary from £25,319 per annum
RRS Sir David Attenborough, Antarctica/UK
April 14, 2022


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is currently recruiting Able Seaman. This is an exciting opportunity to work on-board a polar exploration and research vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough. 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 candidates will take part in supporting research cruises carrying out research programmes and transporting people and supplies to the BAS research stations in Antarctica.

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.


  • 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.


  • Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1) or Equivalent, Without restrictions
  • Rating forming part of navigational watch STCW ii/4 Certificate
  • Efficient Deck Hand Certificate
  • Four Elements of STCW basic training to STCW 2010, as amended (PST, FPFF, EFA & PSSR)


  • To operate deck machinery as directed by a Deck Officer or Petty Officer.
  •  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 including 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

Other Requirements

To assist with specific marine related activities or projects by working in the offices of BAS, as and when required.

Language Requirements

Good knowledge of the English language is required.

Certificates and Qualifications

Mandatory STCW certificates are required from all applicants.
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