Chief Scientist

The Chief Scientist will take overall responsibility for all scientific fieldwork taking place on the expedition, including the development of suitable scientific objectives and offering guidance and training to the individual group (“Fire”) Science Leaders and Explorers.

It is likely that the Chief Scientist will also act as a Fire Leader, working with up to 12 Explorers alongside a second Fire Leader who will have responsibility for the adventurous aspects of the expedition. The Science Fire Leader is responsible for constructing a scientific project with the consultation of the Chief Scientist.

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



• 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 and/or scientific fieldwork experience inside and outside the UK
• A proven history of managing group safety in a fieldwork environment 
• Experience of teaching fieldwork skills to novices
• An enthusiasm for expedition fieldwork 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

As Chief Scientist you will take delegated overall responsibility for all scientific fieldwork on the expedition

  • Help other adventure fire leaders to plan their adventurous and scientific activity at an appropriate level and in suitable areas in liaison with the Chief Leader and Senior Adventure Leader.
  • Oversee, design and deliver any scientific fieldwork training of the Explorers
  • Ensure groups are equipped with the appropriate scientific fieldwork equipment
  • Ensure any relevant British Exploring Society Guidelines are followed and updated as appropriate

In addition to the above if you are also acting as a Fire Leader your responsibilities for your Fire in the field are shared with the second Fire Leader.

Pre Expedition

• Design the overall science plan for the expedition and coordinate the science projects devised by the Science Leaders.
• Attend training weekends (3 to 4 weekends in the 6 months prior to the expedition)
• Coordinate any scientific fieldwork skills training sessions at the training weekends
• Liaise with British Exploring Society and the Chief Leader to identify and source any scientific fieldwork equipment requirements for 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

Post Expedition

• Compile and edit a Science Report for publication by the agreed deadline.
• Write a summary of all the fieldwork carried out for the British Exploring Journal by the agreed deadline.
• 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