The Australian Antarctic Program (AAP) is looking for people to join our small Antarctic communities and ‘make a world of difference’ supporting research in Antarctica.

Recruitment is now open for people who enjoy remote and small community living and want to use their experience to support globally important climate and ocean research.

Some 150 people, or expeditioners as they will become known, will get the chance to head South in 2023/24 to help run Australia’s three stations in Antarctica and one on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.

Chefs, supply officers, station leaders, electricians, carpenters and information technology officers are among the 32 different roles on offer at Davis, Mawson and Casey research stations, and Macquarie Is.

Australian Antarctic Division organisational psychologist and recruitment specialist Maree Riley said it’s a workplace like no other.

“Antarctica holds such curiosity for people and this is an opportunity to work in the coldest and most remote continent on earth to support Australia’s climate and ocean science,” Ms Riley said.

“Our Antarctic research informs global policy on climate change and ecosystem management and the people who keep our stations running are a critical part of that effort."

“Teams live closely for months at a time and so recruiting the right community-minded people is important, including the personal qualities that people must embody to be considered for the AAP."

“We’re looking for a range of skill sets, backgrounds and genders to perform these important support roles and want to hear from anyone who thinks they can make a positive contribution,” Ms Riley said.

AAD Project Officer Lisa Wilkinson spent three seasons in Antarctica as an electrician before taking up a role at head office.

“What kept me going back were the awesome people I met who came from all over Australia with cool skills and backgrounds,” Ms Wilkinson said.

“It’s an opportunity to feel part of something bigger and greater. I am an electrician, but being in the Australian Antarctic Program allows me to contribute to science both in a direct and indirect way.”

Applications close on January 16.

The full range of jobs available:

  • Field Training Officer/Senior Field Training Officer
  • Station Supply Officer
  • Chef
  • Station Support Officer
  • Communications Technical Officer/Senior Communications Technical Officer
  • Communications Operator/Senior Communications Operator
  • Communications Rigger
  • Information Technology Officer
  • Boilermaker Welder
  • Leading Hand Trades (formerly BSS)
  • Carpenter
  • Electrician
  • Engineering Services Supervisor
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Plumber
  • Refrigeration mechanic
  • Rigger
  • Mechanical Services Balancing Technician
  • Mechanic/Senior Mechanic
  • Station Mechanical Supervisor
  • Plant Operator/Senior Plant Operator
  • Aerodrome Plant Operator
  • Aircraft Ground Support Officer/Senior Aircraft Ground Support Officer
  • Wilkins Aerodrome Manager
  • Deputy Wilkins Aerodrome Manager
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Station Leader
  • Antarctic Medical Practitioner

Information about the roles and how to apply: