Cool jobs in Antarctica

Group of expeditioners at Mawson station.
Narelle Campbell with other Mawson expeditioners. (Photo: Antarctic Division)

21 January 2008

Narelle Campbell's keen sense of adventure has taken her all around the world, but she never imagined that it would one day take her to the coldest, windiest place at the end of the earth.

Her current job as Station Leader for Australia's Mawson station in Antarctica brings challenge and adventure every day. From supporting scientific and maintenance projects based at the station, to administration responsibilities, liaising with media and schools, general community and safety management, Narelle says that one day is never like the next.

"My background is in print media management, though my most recent job was working for a welfare organisation in Sydney. I love the great outdoors and have climbed, kayaked and walked all over the world including in Nepal, Africa and Chile," Narelle said.

"Applying to work in Antarctica appealed to me because of the interesting people it attracts as well as the community life and the awesome environment.

"There are not too many jobs where for six to 12 months of the year you work and live closely with such a caring, tolerant, dynamic and energetic bunch of individuals. Mawson is our place of work and our home all rolled into one, and we have a lot of laughs," she said.

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) is looking for skilled and highly competent men and women like Narelle to support Australia's science program in Antarctica in 2009.

A wide range of working opportunities is available at stations in Antarctica and on Macquarie Island.

The AAD is looking for Station Leaders, doctors, chefs, tradespeople (building supervisors, engineering supervisors, electricians, instrument electricians, carpenters, mechanics, plumbers, plant inspectors, plant operators) and telecommunications specialists (supervisors, technical officers) to assist in the smooth running of Australia's Antarctic stations.

Antarctica is a challenging environment to work in, but the rewards are second to none. All positions are now being advertised in national and state/territory capital newspapers.

Details are available at jobs.antarctica.gov.au