[MARMAM] British Antarctic Survey Field Assistant Position

Dirk Briggs drbr at bas.ac.uk
Wed Nov 29 08:21:06 PST 2006

The British Antarctic Survey is now recruiting for the following position:


BAS 01/07

The British Antarctic Survey requires a Zoological Field Assistant as part of a team undertaking long-term research on land-based marine predators at Bird Island. 

Bird Island (54° 00'S, 38° 02'W) close to the main island of South Georgia is in the sub-Antarctic and has one of the densest breeding populations of land based marine predators in the world.  Important species include Antarctic fur seals, macaroni penguins, and wandering albatrosses. 

The Zoological Field Assistants at Bird Island are collectively responsible for the day-to-day running of a variety of tasks including seabird and seal fieldwork and preliminary data analysis and report writing. In addition, each assistant will be expected to help with other fieldwork duties and contribute to the stations operational requirements. 

The successful candidate will be assigned prime responsibility for running one of our key long term monitoring programs (albatrosses, penguins or seals) at Bird Island. This will include studies on population size, reproductive success, diet and behaviour. The work will also often involve deploying electronic devices e.g. radio and satellite transmitters, passive integrated transponders and dive recorders. 

The post offers a challenging opportunity for a highly self-motivated individual working in an isolated environment in the sub Antarctic. It is important candidates recognise that after an initial training period in the UK, they will then live on Bird Island continuously for the remainder of the contract (approx 30 months), sharing with a minimum of 3 others (up to 10 in Summer). Communication with the outside world is by e-mail and telephone, whilst postal delivery is facilitated by occasional ship visits. The well equipped and comfortable research station was completely rebuilt in 2005.

Qualifications: A minimum of a science degree in a relevant subject and experience of remote, unsupervised field work handling aggressive wild seals or other large carnivores in their natural habitat is essential. In addition, wild bird handling skills are an advantage. Applicants must also be confident entering, managing, analysing and reporting data and able to use ACCESS and ORACLE databases for data entry and query. Thoroughly checked data and reports must be delivered accurately and to a strict timetable.

Duration: Appointments will be employed for a period of approximately 32 months.

Salary: Salary will be in the range of £16,514 - £23,548 pa pro-rata (depending on qualifications and experience). An Antarctic Allowance of £2,222 pa pro-rata is also payable for periods spent working in the Antarctic.

Closing date for receipt of application forms: 16 February 2007.

Interviews are anticipated to be held in April 2007 with contracts commencing in July/ August 2007.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community.  People from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. 
You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.




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