Science Leader

Our Science Leaders are responsible for leading a group (“Fire”) of up to 12 young explorers in partnership with a second, and possibly third leader. Science Leaders are responsible for the construction and delivery of a programme of inspirational scientific projects in conjunction with the Chief Scientist and other science leaders on the expedition.

Compulsory training dates: Leader Induction: 22nd-24th February 2019, Leader Training: 28th-31st March 2019, Explorer Briefing 26th-28th April 2019, 16hr Wilderness First Aid Course 17th-19th May 2019.

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

Assessment days: 20th, 21st November 2018, 11th December 2018, 15th January 2019




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

• 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

All responsibilities for your Fire in the field are shared with the second Fire Leader, except those which pertain directly to your expertise (e.g. science work)
• To inspire our explorers and engage fully in activities to support the educational aims and purpose of the society and expedition
• Responsibility for, and pastoral care of, YEs in your Fire group
• To train the YEs in the methods necessary to live and operate in the environment
• Carry out the planned science projects and facilitate any adventurous activities
• All leaders, must regard it as a priority to ensure the safety of each and every member of the expedition at all times
• To manage a feedback and review process with the YEs in the Fire following the structure provided by British Exploring Society.
• Where an Assistant Leader is attached to your Fire, to give them responsibility as appropriate, oversee their actions and provide learning opportunities

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
• Plan your Fire’s scientific activities in liaison with Adventure Leader and Chief Scientist
• Obtain necessary scientific equipment and materials through the Chief Scientist

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