Basecamp Manager

The Basecamp Manager is responsible for many of the logistical aspects of the expedition, including equipment and food as well as managing environmental impact at basecamp. It is a flexible role that requires a need to be able to handle a range of different tasks, as well as acting as the ‘fixer’ for the expedition and supporting the Chief Leader with all aspects of expedition life.

Compulsory training dates: Leader Induction: 21st-23rd February 2020 (TBC), Leader Training: 27th-29th March 2020 Cumbria, Explorer Briefing 24th-26th April 2020, 16hr Wilderness First Aid Course May 2020 (TBC).

Please note that first time Leaders will be asked to cover the costs of their own flights on our Indian Himalayas and Peruvian Amazon expeditions.

Assessment days: 20th August 3rd, 4th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th September, 1st, 2nd, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th October


Necessary requirements

• All potential Leaders are required to attend an allocated Assessment Day
• An interest in youth development and experience of working with young people relevant to the expedition client group*
• High levels of integrity and sound judgement
• A strong and flexible team player
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Strong leadership skills and the ability to inspire others
• The ability to deal with conflict and overcome challenges
• Significant personal expedition and travel experience
• A ‘Can Do’ attitude & a sense of humour
• Good organisational skills & initiative
• An enthusiasm for expeditions and the ability to convey this to our Explorers
• Adventure First Aid Qualification (weekend training course provided free of charge by British Exploring Society)

On Expedition

• Establish and organise basecamp and systems for keeping track of equipment and issuing rations
• Minimise the expedition’s environmental impact on the base camparea
• Support the Chief Leader
• All leaders, must regard it as a priority to ensure the safety of each and every member of the expedition at all times
• To inspire our explorers and engage fully in activities to support the educational aims and purpose of the society and expedition
• Pastoral care of any Explorers spending time in basecamp
• Keep a record of any equipment lost/damaged 
• Responsibility for ensuring ALL equipment returned via freight is clean, dry and serviceable

Pre Expedition

  • Attend training weekends (3 to 4 weekends in the 6 months prior to the expedition)
  • Contribute to planning, Risk Assessments, expedition-specific guidelines and similar as appropriate and directed by British Exploring Society and/or the Chief Leader, particularly in your area of expertise
  • Assist the Chief Leader with equipment and rations planning and attend the packing day for expedition equipment in London approximately 2 weeks before departure
  • Familiarise yourself with the British Exploring Society equipment and how to fix it

Post Expedition

  • To produce an overview report for the activities you have been in charge of
  • Contribute to the overall post expedition report (PXR), post expedition debrief event and presentation and expedition feedback as appropriate and directed by British Exploring Society and/or Chief Leader