Field Training Officer (FTO)
Watch the video below to join Mawson station’s 2012 Field Training Officer Mel Fitzpatrick in a typical 'day at the office'.
Mawson station Field Training Officer Mel Fitzpatrick at work
So it's a pretty windy day here at Mawson and Malcolm and I are heading out to drill some sea ice. Every week we try and take sea ice measurements.
This is the drill. The weather's a little bit inclement, but we're going to use an electric drill today instead of a hand drill to make it a bit quicker.
So we're looking at the sea ice here, this sea ice has formed about six weeks ago. It's now about 80 centimetres thick and we take weekly measurements just to check how it changes. So this is science, Antarctic style.
And, the bottom of the sea ice.
[Wind, crackling sound]
Back on station. Well that was another excellent day at the office. See you all later.
Do you have a sense of adventure, enjoy training people and are skilled in snow survival, glacier travel and mountaineering?
Enthusiasm is a must, as Field Training Officers (FTOs) teach a wide range of survival skills to expeditioners, many of whom have little if any, outdoor or snow and ice experience.
A summer-only position, the FTOs are sometimes appointed as field guides for field parties working in remote areas.
At other times the position is more station based, conducting general field training for expeditioners, maintaining field equipment stores, training a wintering search and rescue team and coordinating and conducting search and rescue operations should an incident occur.
What will you actually do on the job?
- Conducting pre-departure, shipboard, subantarctic and Antarctic field training.
- Developing and delivering training programs across a wide range of subantarctic and Antarctic field skills.
- Providing leadership and planning assistance to field programs.
- Conducting and coordinating station search and rescue training.
- Maintaining, issuing, and auditing field equipment.
- Maintaining travel routes and GPS waypoint information.
- Providing outdoor recreational opportunities for expeditioners.
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.