Applications for the 2014–15 season have now closed (with the exception of the role of Antarctic Medical Practitioner, which is open year-round). However you may register your interest in applying for future seasons. You will be contacted by email when applications re-open for the season you are interested in.

Overview of the role

As a Tradesperson you will have specialist trades skills to assist in the delivery of capital works projects - the construction of new facilities as well as the operation and maintenance of existing station buildings and building services.

The number of positions varies from year to year as does the skills required: riggers, painters, tilers, welders, refrigeration mechanics, plasterers, boilermakers, carpentry joiners etc. If you possess a trade certificate or licences as a plant operator, electrician, plumber or carpenter then you should apply for those advertised positions.

The typical employment period for a Tradesperson is approximately 6 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 a Tradesperson in Antarctica.

If you don't meet all the requirements of the job don't be discouraged. In making final selections we take into account overall team building and the mix of skills required. However, please note that these roles are for people who work in specialist trade areas.

Employment conditions

Salary and allowances

The annual base salary (while in Australia) is $61,275 per annum ($2,349 per fortnight before tax).

Additional allowances totalling $56,335 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.

Application kit

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

This page was last modified on 25 October 2013.