Australian Antarctic Program: Workers needed to fill 200 jobs on research stations

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The Australian Antarctic Program (AAP) is searching for more than 200 skilled, resilient and flexible Australians to work across its research stations over the 2022-23 season.

The jobs – which usually run for between four and 15-month stints – include those in telecommunications, aviation, infrastructure, science, mechanics and medical support.

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They’re spread across three Antarctic research stations at Mawson, Davis and Casey as well as on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.

“The people that take up these positions have a clear role in maintaining our research stations in Antarctica and on Macquarie Island,” Australian Antarctic Division psychologist Maree Riley told Sunrise.

“Antarctica is an extreme environment, people are living and working in this small community and separated from their family for a long period of time so it is important people really think about if this is right for them.

“But if they do take a role they can be guaranteed of a unique experience.”

There are jobs going at three Antarctic research stations including Mawson. Credit: Nick Roden /Supplied
Australia’s Antarctic research stations need jobs filled in the areas of telecommunications, aviation, infrastructure, science, mechanics and medical support.
Australia’s Antarctic research stations need jobs filled in the areas of telecommunications, aviation, infrastructure, science, mechanics and medical support. Credit: Matthew Gledhill/Supplied

Ms Riley said the AAP is looking for people who are versatile, proactive, community-minded and flexible.

“It is important that people are skilled in their profession and their trade, they are passionate about the work that they do, flexible, adaptable and they can work well in this small, remote and isolated community,” she said.

Ms Riley said the application was quite an “extensive process” as “it is important to get the right people into the program”.

“All of our applicants will go through an extensive technical assessment of their technical skills and ability and we also do an assessment of their personal qualities and quite a comprehensive medical and psychological assessment.”

Expeditioners are paid an allowance of around $60,000 per year, on top of their base rate, to compensate for living in a remote and isolated environment.

The Australian Antarctic Program (AAP) is searching for more than 200 skilled, resilient and flexible Australians to work across its research stations.
The Australian Antarctic Program (AAP) is searching for more than 200 skilled, resilient and flexible Australians to work across its research stations. Credit: Supplied
The application process for a job with the Australia’s Antarctic research program is a rigorous one - but there are 200 positions available.
The application process for a job with the Australia’s Antarctic research program is a rigorous one – but there are 200 positions available. Credit: Supplied

The full range of jobs on offer include:

  • Antarctic Medical Practitioner
  • Field Training Officer
  • Station Supply Officer
  • Chef
  • Communications Operator
  • Communications Rigger
  • Communications Technical Officer
  • Senior Communications Technical Officer
  • Boilermaker Welder
  • Building Services Supervisor
  • Carpenter
  • Electrician / Instrument Electrician
  • Engineering Services Supervisor
  • Fitter & Turner
  • Plumber
  • Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Mechanical Services (HVAC) Balancing Technician
  • Mechanic
  • Station Mechanical Supervisor
  • Station Plant Operator
  • Aerodrome Plant Operator
  • Aircraft Ground Support Officer
  • Deputy Wilkins Aerodrome Manager
  • Wilkins Aerodrome Manager

Applications close at 5pm (AEDT) on January 27, 2022.

For more information, and to apply, visit the Australian Antarctic Program website.

– With AAP

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