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So, how does one apply for jobs in Antarctica?
The United States Antarctica Program has a list of resources on their website. There are twelve agencies listed but the big four for support positions are:
Through Gana-A’Yoo, PAE, and Best Recycling I have applied for office positions such as:
- Rooms Coordinator
- Lodging Coordinator
- Human Resources Manager
- Administrative Coordinator
- Work Order Scheduler
- Finance Specialist
- NSF Administrative Coordinator
Food Service positions such as:
- Production Cook
- Prep Cook
- Food Service Supervisor
- Food Clerk
- Dining Attendant
- Beverage Supervisor
And miscellaneous jobs such as:
- Retail Supervisor
- Retail Clerk
- Recreation Supervisor
- Postal Clerk
- Tool Room Attendant
- Fuels Coordinator
- Carpentry Helper
- Recylcing Technician
- Recycling Coordinator
You can see a more comprehensive list and application links on my other post, here.
These positions vary in location from the largest base, McMurdo, to the South Pole, Palmer, and even at one of the many field camps.
Lockheed-Martin’s listed open positions were all for scientists or other positions for which I did not qualify. GHG hadn’t posted in Antarctica jobs yet but I believe I read somewhere they start posting them more in the spring.
I was also given the advice to look at the list of companies awarded grants by NSF and contact each of those companies separately. I’ve yet to do this.
All in total I have applied to approximately 40 Antarctica jobs. I have already received contact from Best Recylcing (simply stating they have received my application and would review). GSC has sent me a few automatic form emails stating I was rejected from a handful of the cooking positions (understandable, I have no cooking experience I simply applied “just in case”).
I have my fingers crossed for Rooms Coordinator and/or Administrative Coordinator. These are the positions where I have the most experience; I have even worked in a residence hall before!