Aerodrome Grader Operator - Wilkins Runway
Annual base salary(while in Australia)
$60,074 pa ($2,303 per fortnight before tax)
In addition whilst working in Antarctica allowances of $54,460 pa are payable.
As Aerodrome Grader Operator (AGO) at Wilkins Ice Runway you're directly involved in construction and maintenance of the runway. You'll also have a role in Aerodrome operations, after receiving appropriate training.
Work schedules are heavily influenced by weather conditions. During periods of fine weather, long work days can be expected (up to 12 hours). Night work or shifts may also be implemented during the season.
You'll operate a variety of machinery including:
- Cat 14H Grader
- Cat D7R Dozer
- Cat 966G/H Loader
- Prinoth BR 350 Snow Groomer
- Hagglunds all-terrain vehicles
- Overaasen snow blowers
- Case 485 Quad Track tractors towing compaction/proof rollers and tracked trailers
Other tasks involve plant maintenance and servicing, manually 'de-blizzing' plant and machinery, and assisting mechanics in repair and servicing of plant and equipment.
You'll also undertake duties necessary for operation of the camp at Wilkins such as:
- refueling generators
- 'de-blizzing' camp infrastructure
- resupply activities
- search and rescue training/operations
- assisting in taking weather observations
- kitchen and cleaning duties
- conducting water replenishment and waste collection/clearance
- operating camp radios.
The typical employment period for Aerodrome Grader Operators varies between approximately 6 to 15 months. During this period you will be required to undertake training in Hobart for up to 8 weeks before departure and remain in Hobart for a debrief of up to 5 days immediately following return from Antarctica.
Recreation Leave - You will accrue recreation leave at the equivalent of 20 days for each full year worked. Please note that recreation leave is not available in Antarctica.
Superannuation - A generous employer superannuation contribution of up to 15.4% will be paid in addition to salary and allowances.
You should read the AGO Job Description, General Information and Personal Qualities details which are available from the links on the right hand side of this page as it contains important information you need to know about employment and related issues.
If you would like to talk to someone about applying, please contact, for technical matters, Aaron Read (03) 6232 3141, or for general information 1800 030 755.
To apply complete an online Application Form.