Australian Antarctic Division recruitment is open

The Australian Antarctic Division is looking to recruit more than 150 people for a range of roles in the 2019/20 season.

Australia manages four research stations. There are a range of roles needed to keep the stations running including station support, telecommunications, infrastructure, aviation, science, mechanical and medical.

The employment period ranges from four months over summer or up to 15 months over winter.

Expeditioners will get accommodation, food and cold-weather clothing paid for, on top of their wage and an additional Antarctic allowance.

Davis research station IT Officer, Jamie McGaw, takes in some of the scenery on a field trip to Gardner Island penguin rookery. Photo: MATT VAN REET HOETS

Davis research station IT Officer, Jamie McGaw, takes in some of the scenery on a field trip to Gardner Island penguin rookery. Photo: MATT VAN REET HOETS

Dubbo’s Jamie McGaw is working as the information technology officer at the Davis research station in Antarctica.

“I came down last summer and instantly fell in love with this place. The environment is remote, dangerous, pristine and spectacular; the team of people I work with are amazingly skilled and diverse; the overall experience pushes you professionally and is enormously satisfying personally,” Mr McGaw said.

He said heading back to Antarctica for the second time felt like coming home.

“I was able to just step back into the role and lifestyle like coming back from a long weekend. It just keeps getting better and better,” he said.

The IT officer said at times it was like living on Mars, with the rocky boulder strewn plains and the frozen seas, but there was plenty of beauty and wonder.

Iceberg vista taken from Australia’s icebreaker Aurora Australis enroute to Davis research station. Photo: JAMIE McGAW

Iceberg vista taken from Australia’s icebreaker Aurora Australis enroute to Davis research station. Photo: JAMIE McGAW

“Spending a month on Australia’s icebreaker Aurora Australia – two weeks each way –  sailing across the most treacherous ocean on the planet is the rich velvety icing on an already fully loaded chocolate cake. 

“It’s the complete package and absolutely the best job in the world.  I kinda like it down here,” Mr McGaw said.

Australian Antarctic Division’s human resources manager Andrew Groom said the summer period from October to March was the busiest with up to 100 people on the station, but in winter it dropped down to about 20.

The job was about more than visiting an icy continent, he said, it was a chance to immerse yourself.

More information is available here.

Jobs available:

  • Antarctic medical practitioner
  • Station communications technical officer
  • Information technology officer
  • Communications operator
  • Communications rigger
  • Station mechanical supervisor
  • Expedition mechanic
  • Plant operator
  • Electrician/ instrument electrician
  • Plumber
  • Building services supervisor
  • Engineering services supervisor
  • Carpenter
  • Boilermaker welder
  • Refrigeration mechanic
  • Rigger
  • Fitter and turner
  • Field training officer
  • Deputy wilkins aerodrome manager
  • Aircraft ground support officer
  • Aerodrome plant operator
  • Aerodrome camp support operator
  • Station supply officer
  • Electronics engineer