Applications open for some Antarctic roles – Australian Antarctic Program (News 2022)

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The Australian Antarctic Program is looking for additional Mechanics and Communications Technicians ready to take on the opportunity of a lifetime.

Recruitment is open for 12 positions at Australia’s four Antarctic research stations and Macquarie Island.

Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) Organizational Psychologist Maree Riley says more Mechanical are needed to support projects such as the Interior Traverse for the Million Year Ice Core.

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

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

Additional Technical Communications Officers with varied experience in radio and satellite technologies are also required for the coming year.

“Communications is critical to everything we do in the south, and as a technical communications officer, one of your primary responsibilities is to maintain the vital communications link between the expeditionaries and home,” said Mrs Riley.

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

This season will also see a limited trial of several Station Support Officer the roles.

AAD’s director of operations and future projects, Robb Clifton, said the positions will focus on cleaning, housekeeping, cooking and other duties.

“Introducing these roles will allow professionals and scientists to focus more on important fieldwork,” said Clifton.

“Candidates for these roles should be aware that Antarctica and station life can be challenging and require a specialized set of personal qualities as well as professional qualifications.”

All successful applicants must undergo a personal suitability assessment as well as thorough medical and psychological assessments prior to deployment.

Ms Riley said community involvement and caring for fellow expeditionaries is a key part of station life.

“Expeditioners receive a stipend to live in a remote environment, but the friendships and skills they gain are the real draw of life in the south.”

The main personal qualities of expeditionaries include versatility, proactivity, community spirit and flexibility.

Closing of applications on July 10, 2022.

The range of jobs available are:

  • Communication Technician
  • Senior Technical Communications Officer
  • Station Mechanical Supervisor
  • Mechanic
  • Station Support Officer

Information about roles and how to apply is at https://jobs.antarctica.gov.au/jobs-in-antarctica/

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