About 150 people are needed to fill some of the most adventurous jobs on the planet โ€” at Australia's research stations on Antarctica.

It turns out the wages are really good on the frozen continent and New Zealand's citizens are eligible to apply.

The Australian Antarctic Division has put out the call for skilled workers to fill a variety of roles to keep the research station running for the 2020-21 season.

Davis expeditioners visit Deep Lake to measure its vital statistics ๐Ÿ“ธ M. Hyde

Posted by antarctica.gov.au on Wednesday, 9 October 2019

The jobs, which are mainly trades-based, range for four-month summer jobs to 15-month postings over winter.


Rent and board is free for staff โ€” called "expeditioners" โ€” and meals are prepared by chefs.

So you'll be able to save a lot of money, with workers on Antarctica being paid a special allowance of A$60,974 (NZ$63,463) per year, on top of their base wage.

For example, a medical practitioner can earn a base salary of up to A$199,031 (NZ$207,158) a year โ€“ plus the A$60,974 (NZ$63,463) annual allowance.

An information technology officer earns a base salary of A$74,469 (NZ$77,510) โ€” plus the same annual allowance.

The research base is also looking for chefs, carpenters, logistic supply officers, medical doctors, IT officer, boilermaker welders, mechanics, concreters, plumbers and more. All the job listings can be found here.

"We manage four research stations โ€“ Casey, Davis and Mawson on the continent and Macquarie Island in the sub-Antarctic," the Division's human resources manager Andrew Groom said.

Want a cool job? Head south with the Australian Antarctic Program! Weโ€™re recruiting 150 men and women to fill a range of roles for the 2020-21 season. Visit https://jobs.antarctica.gov.au to apply now.

Posted by antarctica.gov.au on Thursday, 12 December 2019

"We're looking for people with the skills to do the job and who will be a good fit for life in a small and isolated community.

"Applicants will first undergo an assessment of their technical skills and experience, and they are then put through one of our selection centres to ensure they will be a good fit for the small Antarctic community."


There could be as many as 100 people at the station during summer on Antarctica, while the winter population drops to about 20. The small community "relies on one another to keep safe and maintain the station", the Division said.

Expedition mechanic Amy Chetcuti just got back from 14 months on Mawson and Davis research stations.

"It's a long list when you look at the list of machinery on station and from a trades' perspective, you won't find a job like it anywhere else in the world," Ms Chetcuti said.

Emperor penguin colony at Auster Rookery, 2018 ๐Ÿ“ธ Patrick James

Posted by antarctica.gov.au on Tuesday, 8 October 2019

"I definitely came home with a lot more skills than I went down with, and not just skills within my trade, but in things like hydroponic vegetables and helping out in the kitchen as well as helping other trades.

"I was able to help with some of the science activities which included collecting air quality monitoring samples, conducting a seal survey and sea ice drilling.

"There are so many good things about living and working in Antarctica and it really is the experience of a lifetime.

"It's about so much more than just a job โ€“ to see animals in their natural habitat and to become part of that and there is also an amazing sense of community on station, you become one little family."

Applications close on January 23, 2020.