Communications Operator

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Overview of the role

As a Communications Operator (CO) you will ensure the Communications Centre at a station is operated in accordance with best practice and operate communications equipment to ensure the safety of personnel travelling by aircraft, watercraft and in the field. You will assist other expeditioners with minor computer problems and assist telecommunications technical staff with less complex aspects of managing communications systems and equipment, network administration and other administrative duties.

Communications Operator is generally offered for summer only.

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 Communications Operator in Antarctica.

Employment conditions

Salary and allowances

The annual base salary (while in Australia) is $63,113 per annum ($2,420 per fortnight before tax).

Additional allowances totalling $58,026 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 Simon Evans on (03) 6232 3258 for position specific matters.

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.

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