Job opportunities in Antarctica | Polarjournal
Currently, there are many interesting jobs advertised on the British Antarctic Survey website. (Photo: BAS)

In addition to Australia and New Zealand, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is now also looking for workers for operations in Antarctica.

According to James Miller, a BAS human-resources spokesperson, the jobs are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: “We have world-class labs, housing, offices and technical facilities at the five BAS-operated research stations. We need the best trade and support professionals to keep everything running smoothly and provide world-class support to our science programme. The chance to work on the ice surrounded by breathtaking scenery, icebergs, penguins, whales and seals is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a fantastic experience.”

Cool jobs are also available at Rothera Station. (Photo: BAS)

Ollie Darke, who started out as a steelworker in Antarctica with BAS but is now the head of estates, says: “My advice to anyone considering a job with British Antarctic Survey is just go for it! My time in Antarctica was the most incredible experience of my life and the memories I made there will last a lifetime.”

The contract period is six to 18 months. The benefits package includes a starting salary of £25,179 (€30,250) per year with a 10% bonus upon successful completion. In addition, all living expenses are covered: room, board, travel, special clothing, tools and training. An allowance will also be paid if extensive training is required at BAS headquarters in Cambridge prior to deployment.

BAS field assistant Rob Smith enters a crevasse along Reptile Ridge on Adelaide Island, Antarctica. (Photo: BAS)

The variety of jobs on offer is great. For example, boat officers, dive officers, ship maintenance technicians, and station assistants are among those being sought. One of the most important jobs is the chef, which BAS wants to commit to Rothera station for 18 months at once.

For organisational talent, the job of summer chef is also still available for Rothera.

Are you interested in working in an unusual place?

Then get in touch at:

Attention: Interested parties from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, must observe the following special regulation for working in the UK:

Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal

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