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Job opportunities in Antarctica

Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal | 25 March 2022

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is now looking for workers for operations in Antarctica

BAS field assistant Rob Smith enters a crevasse along Reptile Ridge on Adelaide Island, Antarctica (? British Antarctic Survey)

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.”

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.

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.

Please note, special regulations apply to citizens of EU and EEA countries and Switzerland, must observe the following special regulation for working in the UK.

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