Job Openings: Run Post Office, Count Penguins

The UK Antarctic heritage Trust is looking for people to work in Port Lockroy on Goudier Island off the Antarctic Peninsula. There are three positions open, Base Leader, Shop Manager, and General Assistant. Port Lockroy is a museum and historic site, and one of few tourist stops in the continent. It’s been closed for two years due to the pandemic, which is why they are recruiting new employees for the 2022-23 season.

The position of Base Leader is just what it sounds like. You supervise everyone else and will be responsible for everything. The Shop Manager will run the gift shop. Lest you laugh, every year, Port Lockroy receives around 18,000 tourists from cruise ships in the Antarctic summer. You will also run the post office, and are required to monitor the wildlife and environment, with a report due in March. That’s the penguin-counting part. You’ll also help out with the museum. The third position is that of General Assistant, which means you will help out at the museum, gift shop, and post office, plus monitor supplies and give lectures to tourists when the ships arrive. You’ll also keep a blog and do some public relations work and advertising.

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These jobs all sound like a neat Antarctic adventure. But be aware that the conditions are fairly spartan. You’ll be rooming with the other staff, there is no running water, electricity is limited, and while emails may be sent by satellite, there is no internet access or mobile phone service. You’ll also have to do your share of the cooking. THe nearest doctor is in Argentina. Showers may be taken when cruise ships are docked. Read more about the recruiting campaign at UPI, and submit your application here. -via Fark

Source: neatorama

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