A job that’s super cool
A TOWNSVILLE man has swapped North Queensland heat for the freezing Antarctic and there is a new opportunity for others to join him.
From today, the Australian Antarctic division is looking to recruit around 150 men and women to join their 2019- 20 season.
Townsville’s Nathaniel Payne has been based in the icy continent since February and plans to stay until March.
“I applied to go south for a change of scene and a new challenge,” Mr Payne told the Bulletin.
The mechanical supervisor is a long way from home but since joining the program he has never looked back.
Despite the challenges of isolation and separation, the department believes it’s an experience money can’t 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,” Australian Antarctic Division Human Resources Manager Andrew Groom said.
“Not many people get to go to Antarctica and even fewer get to work there. So seeing the sights, seeing the animals … it’s just an amazing place to go and visit.
“It’s a familiarity and intimacy with Antarctica that few people get to experience.”
Australia manages four research stations – Casey, Davis and Mawson on the Antarctic continent and Macquarie Island in the sub- Antarctic.
“The stations are pretty modern, pretty comfortable … They’ve got recreational areas, single dorms generally, large commercial kitchens but also a lot of areas such as mechanical workshops and carpentry workshops and power houses,” Mr Groom said.
The division is calling on people to join the “Antarctica family” for four months over summer or up to 15 months over winter.
The summer period, from October to March, is the busy work time with up to 100 people on station, but in winter this can drop to about 20.
From mechanical to medical, men and women with the necessary skills are encouraged to apply.
“For a plumber, electrician or diesel mechanic, where better to work than Antarctica?” Mr Groom said.
Successful candidates will undertake extensive pre- departure training in Hobart.
Expeditioners are paid an additional Antarctic allowance on top of their wage, and all accommodation, food and clothing is provided. Applications close on January 24.