The Australian Antarctic Division is hiring

By Australian Geographic 11 December 2018
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They need a plumber, carpenter, electrician and more.

EVER WANTED to work on Antarctica? Well, you’re in luck. The Australian Antarctic Division is hiring 150 men and women for the 2019 to 2020 season.

The Division manages four research stations on the Antarctic and on Macquarie Island, and they need recruits for a range of jobs for the summer period (four months) and winter period (15 months).

“The summer period, from October-March, is our busy work time with up to 100 people on station, but in winter this drops down to about 20,” the Division’s Human Resources Manager, Andrew Groom said. “The tight-knit station community is made up of a diverse range of skilled and interesting people and most expeditioners say being part of this unique Antarctic family is a highlight.”

Living and working on the icy continent is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“Working as part of the Australian Antarctic Program is more than just visiting the icy continent, it allows you to immerse yourself in the extraordinary environment for an extended period,” Andrew said.

“Expeditioners get to ride in a Hagglunds tracked snow vehicle across the Antarctic ice cap, see penguins, and maybe even sleep out under the weaving lights of the aurora australis complete with iceberg vistas.”

“It’s a familiarity and intimacy with Antarctica that few people get to experience.”

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Applications close on 24 January 2019.

The full list of jobs available can be found below:

  •     Antarctic Medical Practitioner
  •     Station Communications Technical Officer
  •     Information Technology Officer
  •     Communications Operator
  •     Communications Rigger
  •     Station Mechanical Supervisor
  •     Expedition Mechanic
  •     Plant Operator
  •     Electrician/ Instrument Electrician
  •     Plumber
  •     Building Services Supervisor
  •     Engineering Services Supervisor
  •     Carpenter
  •     Boilermaker Welder
  •     Refrigeration Mechanic
  •     Rigger
  •     Fitter & Turner
  •     Field Training Officer
  •     Deputy Wilkins Aerodrome Manager
  •     Aircraft Ground Support Officer
  •     Aerodrome Plant Operator
  •     Aerodrome Camp Support Officer
  •     Station Supply Officer
  •     Electronics Engineer