Field Training Officer

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Overview of the role

As a Field Training Officer (FTO) you are responsible for the planning, scheduling and delivery of Antarctic and subantarctic field training. You will lead and provide support to scientific and operational groups working in the field. Field safety and the development of station search and rescue capabilities are also an important part of the role.

The FTO role is generally a summer position. Senior FTOs will be selected from suitable FTO candidates and can be employed for a summer and/or winter season. Winter Senior FTOs are also responsible for managing station stores over winter.

For more detailed information about the requirements of the role and the selection process, please see the application kit below.You might like to read more about working as a Field Training Officer 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 Chris Gallagher on (03) 6232 3581 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.