Wildestan Antarctica Project Producer



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£8,000 payable in monthly instalments.
Application Deadline: 
Monday 1 July 2024 11:59 pm

Do you want to create a transformative learning and wilderness experience for young people to explore Antarctica in a unique virtual adventure?

UKAHT is seeking a freelance project producer to help deliver an exciting new youth engagement project in partnership with the British Exploring Society.

The project, WILDESTAN ANTARCTICA is an exciting online engagement initiative which will be heading virtually to Antarctica this austral summer and we are looking for someone to deliver this project alongside colleagues from UKAHT and the British Exploring Society.


We are the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, and our aim is to bring people closer to the wonder of Antarctica and its stories of human endeavour to help promote a greater understanding of this extraordinary place and the role we all have in protecting it.

We conserve Antarctic heritage by looking after six historic sites on the Antarctic Peninsula; we deliver a range of vibrant and creative public programmes; and work with Antarctic policymakers on issues related to heritage conservation.

Through focusing on the layers of human history in Antarctica, we use their remarkable stories, in particular the lesser-known stories, to explore Antarctica and why it matters to us all, helping current and future generations to understand, value and protect this precious wilderness.

Our ambition over the next decade is to: safeguard British heritage in Antarctica; engage a growing and increasingly diverse audience with this heritage and the broader questions concerning Antarctica and use our expertise and influence to help secure a sustainable future for this most remarkable place on our planet.

The project, WILDESTAN ANTARCTICA is an exciting online engagement initiative which will be heading virtually to Antarctica this austral summer and we are looking for someone to deliver this project alongside colleagues from UKAHT and the British Exploring Society.


This is a freelance opportunity to support the UKAHT team in delivering WILDESTAN ANTARCTICA in collaboration with the British Exploring Society. The project will provide real-time access to Antarctica through a series of facilitated online interactive adventures engaging with our team based at Port Lockroy in Antarctica. In these sessions up to 50 young people will be transported via satellite to Antarctica and take part in challenges, learn new skills and learn about what it’s like to be in Antarctica whilst connecting with other young people across the UK. The programme is six months in duration and culminates in a UK residential.

This is a brand new collaboration which builds on the success of Wildestan which was delivered by the British Exploring Society through the covid lockdown. The aim is to enable a cohort of young people to have an enriching learning experience which ‘transports’ them to Antarctica from their own homes and encourages them to get outdoors and explore their local area.

The collaboration brings together the immense expertise of the British Exploring Society in creating transformative adventure experiences for and with young people and the logistical and heritage expertise of UKAHT in providing unique access to one of the most remote and fascinating places on Earth.

This role is for a freelance project producer experienced in delivering collaborative engagement projects to time, to budget and with an appetite for meeting the challenges from the complexities Antarctica can bring.

Regrettably, travel to Antarctica will be unlikely, but your role in transporting fifty young people there virtually will be inspirational.

The main project delivery will take place between November 2024 – April 2025, however we anticipate planning to commence this summer and the main Antarctic delivery period to be in November and December 2024.


As project producer you will manage the overall delivery of the UKAHT side of the project in close collaboration with your opposite numbers at the British Exploring Society.

  • To manage, coordinate and deliver the UKAHT elements of Wildestan Antarctica, including planning, coordination, delivery, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
  • To coordinate the collation of Antarctic content to enhance the project broadly.
  • Deliver the agreed project to time and to budget.
  • To liaise with the UKAHT team in operations, communications, fundraising and at Port Lockroy to ensure seamless delivery.
  • To build a warm and effective collaboration with the British Exploring Society team, sharing knowledge and learning to the benefit of both organisations.
  • To manage the project budget and support fundraising efforts to support the project
  • To provide compelling written and visual content for communications
  • To liaise with the British Exploring Society on an evaluation framework and gather evidence of impact and produce a summary report.
  • Communicate effectively at all levels to ensure messaging is clear, everyone is engaged, informed and contributing appropriately.


  • Experienced and confident in delivering engagement projects to time and to budget.
  • Enthusiasm for Antarctica, the outdoors and engaging with young people.
  • Awareness of the needs and considerations of working with young people.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Organised, self-starting and focused on high standards of delivery with excellent project management skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues, partners and stakeholders.
  • You are committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion through your practice.
  • You are happy to have a DBS check and have a good understanding of safeguarding and will uphold our policy on safeguarding.
  • You meet your responsibilities with UKAHT values at the core.


Location - Home working with occasional planned meetings at the office at High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET

Fee - £8,000 payable in monthly instalments.

Time commitment - Total of 32 days worked flexibly but we anticipate a time commitment of on average 1 day per week as the programme demands. A timetable will be agreed.

Expenses - All reasonable travel costs incurred as part of the role will be reimbursed as per UKAHT policy.

Probationary period - The appointment will be subject to a three-month probationary period to ensure mutual satisfaction

Termination Notice period - Upon completion of the probationary period, the period of notice will be six weeks by either party.

We are committed to equal opportunities and to learning how to increase the diversity of our people. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and encourage applications from people currently underrepresented in the Polar regions, including people from diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities or those who identify as LGBTQI+


Deadline for applications is Monday 1 July 2024 11:59 pm

Interviews will be held w/c 15 July 2024 (online)