Engineering Services Supervisor

Applications for all positions supporting the 2018–19 Australian Antarctic Program have now closed. Apply now for the role of Antarctic Medical Practitioner for the 2019-20 season.

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Overview of the role

As the Engineering Services Supervisor you will schedule and supervise the safe undertaking of all on-site activities carried out by a group of trades personnel. This includes electricians, plumbers, carpenters, plant operators, technical officers and other associated building and construction trades (painters, boilermakers, etc.) engaged in operational and planned preventive maintenance, construction and refurbishment projects.

As the leader of this team of trades personnel, you will be required to oversee the safe on-going operation of the station’s buildings, infrastructure and services. These operational activities will include power generation, water production and supply, wastewater treatment, station heating, etc.

ESS positions are generally only available for the summer period – usually a contract period of approximately 8 months.

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 an Engineering Services Supervisor in Antarctica.

Employment conditions

Salary and allowances

The annual base salary (while in Australia) is $85,907 per annum ($3,293 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.