Applications for job opportunities supporting the 2015-16 Australian Antarctic Program 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.

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 tradesperson position is aimed at other trades such as riggers, painters, tilers, welders, refrigeration mechanics, plasterers and boilermakers.

Tradesperson positions are generally only available for the summer period.

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.

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 position is not currently open for recruitment but you may register your interest in applying for future seasons.