Aircraft Ground Support Officer (AGSO)

DC3-BT67 (Basler) aircraft
DC3-BT67 (Basler) aircraft (Photo: Jeff Hadley)
Helicopter flying over water in moonlightDigging out a Twin Otter after a blizzardDeblizzing the BaslerSea ice landing surface, Davis stationHelicopter sling loadPrinoth BR 350 snow groomers

Do you have an interest in aviation, like hard physical work and want to spend some time in Antarctica at the cutting edge of our air transport system?

As an Aircraft Ground Support Officer (AGSO) you're responsible for the provision of ground support to fixed and rotary wing operations in Antarctica. This involves manual work, fuel handling and transporting passengers and cargo to and from aircraft.

Aircraft schedules are heavily influenced by weather conditions and periodically involve working long hours to capitalise on periods of good weather.

What will you actually do on the job?

  • Construction, maintenance and reporting of Ski Landing Areas to agreed standards.
  • Aviation fuel handling, including the management of station based aviation fuel stocks.
  • Passenger and cargo manifesting.
  • Coordination and conduct of safety briefings for expeditioners.
  • Coordination and assistance with the transport of personnel and cargo to, from and within the aircraft, including the preparation and hook up of helicopter external loads.
  • Provision of Ski Landing Area weather observations to pilots and Bureau of Meteorology.
  • Providing basic emergency first aid and aviation fire fighting and emergency response services as required.
  • Maintaining inventory registers of station based Air Operations equipment.
  • Documenting procedures and making recommendations for the ongoing development of such for future seasons.
  • Supporting station, field operations and science programs as required.

Additional training is provided by the AAD in Aerodrome Inspection and Reporting, meteorological observations, dangerous goods acceptance and packaging, helicopter sling loading operations and licensing to drive various vehicles such as the over-snow Hägglunds.

As well as these specific job roles you will also be required to perform station duties rostered by the station leader to support community life, such as general kitchen duties, garbage clearance, water duties, and assisting other expedition members with official programs. You may volunteer for other duties such as firefighting, hydroponics and boating. 

Interested in working in Antarctica?

Jobs in Antarctica are advertised during a recruitment period towards the end of each year. Some positions are not available every year. For more information, see Jobs in Antarctica.