26 September 2023

Cool new jobs open in Antarctica

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The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) has begun recruiting new staff to work at Antarctica, offering extra mechanics and communications technicians the chance to take on the opportunity of a lifetime in one of the world’s coldest climates.

Organisational Psychologist at AAD, Maree Riley said the recruitment was open for 12 positions across Australia’s four research stations in Antarctica and Macquarie Island.

“More Mechanics are needed to support projects such as the inland traverse for the Million Year Ice Core,” Ms Riley said.

“This is a great opportunity for specialised mechanics to support Australia’s science and research efforts in Antarctica,” she said.

“Our workshops deal with everything from Hägglunds all-terrain vehicles to traverse tractors responsible for pulling mobile stations deep into the Antarctic continent.”

Ms Riley said community participation and care for fellow expeditioners were key parts of station life.

She said AAD was also looking for Communications Technical Officers with a range of experience across radio and satellite technologies for the year ahead.

“Communications are critical to everything we do down south, and as a Communications Technical Officer one of your key responsibilities is maintaining the vital communications link between expeditioners and home,” she said.

“No two days are alike in Antarctica, one day you might be on the station, the next you could be maintaining infrastructure in the field.”

Future Operations and Projects Manager at AAD, Robb Clifton said the season would also see a limited trial of several Station Support Officer roles.

Mr Clifton said the introduction of these roles would allow more ‘wrench time’ for tradies and for scientists to focus on important field work.

“Applicants for these roles need to be aware Antarctica and station life can be challenging and require a specialised set of personal qualities as well as professional qualifications,” he said.

More information on the AAD job opportunities can be accessed at this PS News link.

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