Station duties and volunteer positions

Expeditioner attending to the hydroponic vegetables
Attending to the hydroponic vegetables (Photo: Ken Owen)
Lay medical team posing for a photo around the operating table during a mock procedureExpeditioner using a plunger in a toiletTwo expeditioners up on ladders cleaning shelves and a rangehoodExpeditioners lining up to place their votes in the ballot box outside at Casey

Everybody on an Antarctic station has a job, and many of these are operational positions. Each person has an important role to play in the successful running of the station. 

Two major station committees which are formed each year. The Environment Committee and the Occupational Health and Safety Committee are required to meet and report regularly to their counterparts at the AAD.

All those in the station communities are expected to participate in station duties, which include various routine and other maintenance tasks.

These are allocated by the station leader on a rotating roster. Generally, jobs such as household cleaning, blizz line maintenance and waste removal (known as the 'gash run') are done on Saturdays, while kitchen slushies work throughout the week.

As well as these general station duties, there are a number of volunteer positions. Volunteers for these roles are all drawn from within the station community.

Training is provided prior to departure from Australia for those roles which require specialised skills.

Volunteer station positions may include:

  • Anaesthetists & Theatre Nurses
  • Beach Coordinator
  • Boating Officer
  • Cane Line Database/GPS Officer
  • Clothing Store Manager
  • Deputy Station Leader
  • DVD Editors
  • Electoral Returning Officers
  • Environment Officers
  • Field Equipment Officer
  • Fire Chief & Deputy & team members
  • Flag Officer
  • Fort Knox & 'Bottle Shop' Manager
  • Gymnasium Officer
  • Hairdresser
  • Head Brewer
  • Hydroponics Coordinator
  • Icy News & Station News Coordinator
  • Librarian
  • OH&S Officer
  • Postal Agent
  • Projectionist
  • Search & Rescue Leader and team members
  • Sewing Officer
  • Social Club Treasurer
  • Station Photographer
  • Waste Management Officer
  • Web Coordinator
  • Year Book Editor

More information

This page was last modified on 12 August 2010.