Fixing fridges on the coldest place on Earth
FANCY finding work as a refrigeration technician on the coldest and driest continent on Earth.
David Hamilton, 54 of Angle Vale is living the dream, enjoying every minute of his first season at Casey Station in Antarctica.
“I've worked in the mainstream parts of my industry, in commercial multistorey buildings and hospitals, so I was just really interested to see what happens here,” he said.
“I'm fascinated by the engineering you need in such a unique and robust environment.” Sundays are fun days for exploring and sightseeing.
“At the moment there's a bit of sea ice around and you can walk across the sea ice and go and see the penguins and seals,” Mr Hamilton said.
“Last Sunday the water was that clear you could see them swimming around underwater.”
Getting to know his work mates is also part of the fun, with people of all ages, from all over Australia, doing all sorts of jobs with “a can-do attitude”. Many of these jobs exist to support the research effort.
“The scientists are really af- fable people, they're very passionate about what they do,” Mr Hamilton said.
“If you sit down and chat to them, they'll talk all night to you about it. It's obviously their passion. A lot of it is climate science … being a small part of that is quite satisfying.”
Australian Antarctic Division human resources manager Andrew Groom said it was an experience money could not buy.
“Working as part of the Australian Antarctic Program is more than just visiting the icy continent, it allows you to immerse yourself in the extraordinary environment for an extended period,” he said. “Expeditioners get to ride in a Hagglunds tracked snow vehicle across the Antarctic ice cap, see penguins, and maybe even sleep out under the weaving lights of the aurora australis complete with iceberg vistas.” Australia manages four research stations: Casey, Davis and Mawson on the Antarctic continent and Macquarie Island in the sub-Antarctic.
More than 150 people are wanted to keep the stations running throughout next season, including station support, telecommunications, infrastructure, aviation, science, mechanical and medical. The employment period ranges from four months over summer, up to 15 months over winter, with summer the busiest. Applicants with the required skills for the job, also have to go through a selection centre and extensive pre-departure training.
Expeditioners are paid an additional Antarctic allowance on top of their wage, and all accommodation, food and cold weather clothing is provided. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT JOBS.ANTARCTICA.GOV.AU APPLICATIONS CLOSE JANUARY 24. SEE THE VIDEO AT ADVERTISER.COM.AU
AMAZING ROLE: David Hamilton, of Angle Vale, inset, is working as a refrigeration technician during his first season at Casey Station, Antarctica.