Building Services Supervisor

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Overview of the role

As the Building Services Supervisor (BSS) you will be responsible for supervising and hands-on co-ordination of the on-site activities of a small group of multi-skilled trades personnel. The priority of this role is to ensure that all works are undertaken in a safe and appropriate manner working in an Antarctic or subantarctic environment. BSS are employed at all three Antarctic stations and at Macquarie Island.

This trades team is typically engaged in all operational aspects of the station buildings and infrastructure (for example, water production and power generation) along with the planned preventative and reactive maintenance needs of the buildings, infrastructure and services. Occasionally there may also be programmed refurbishment projects or construction of new works over the winter period.

BSS are usually employed for an Antarctic winter season. Occasionally summer only positions are offered.

Applicants must complete the online application for the BSS position. In addition, you must also complete the online application for your trade of carpenter, electrician, plumber, rigger, boilermaker/welder, fitter & turner, refrigeration mechanic or mechanical services balancing technician. This will assist the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) in considering you for the role of BSS and will also enable the AAD to consider you for non-supervisory trade positions.

For more detailed information about the requirements of the role and the selection process, please see the application kit below. You might also like to read more about working as a Building Services Supervisor in Antarctica.

Employment conditions

Salary and allowances

The annual base salary (while in Australia) is $77,789 per annum ($2,982 per fortnight before tax).

Additional allowances totalling $59,186 per annum are payable while working in Antarctica.


A generous employer superannuation contribution of up to 15.4% will be paid in addition to salary and allowances.

Recreation leave

You will accrue recreation leave at the equivalent of 20 days per annum pro rata. Please note that recreation leave is not available in Antarctica, but will be paid out on return to Australia.


To discuss your application, please ring 1800 030 755 for general information or contact David Waterhouse on (03) 6232 3476 for position specific matters.


To be eligible for consideration you must be either an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, or a resident of Australia with a valid visa granting appropriate work rights in Australia.

Application kit

The following documents contain important information you need to know about employment and related issues – please read them carefully.

Please note that if you do not demonstrate that you meet the required skills, knowledge and attributes for the role your application will not be considered further.

This position is not currently open for recruitment. If you would like to be notified when applications open please register your details.