Antarctic Post Office is Hiring

Updated: May 7

The U.K. Antarctic Heritage Trust is hiring staff for its post office, museum and conservation site - and counting penguins is part of the job.


If you're fed up with your current life and fancy doing something wildly different, maybe this is an opportunity not to be missed? The winning candidates will spend five months on an Antarctic island surrounded by a handful of colleagues and thousands of penguins.


For the first time since the start of the pandemic, the U.K. Antarctic Trust is hiring a seasonal team to staff its Port Lockroy post office, museum and gift shop on Goudier Island in the Antarctic Peninsula.


Vicky Inglis, one of the station's previous postmasters, says the gig is an opportunity of a lifetime - though not for the faint of heart.


Port Lockroy was the first permanent British scientific research base established on the Antarctic Peninsula, and originally operated between 1944 and 1962. The U.K. Antarctic Trust, a British charity, took it over in 2006 and has been running it as a conservation and tourist site ever since.


Today, Goudier Island's facilities are all run by a rotating staff of four to five people.


While it remained closed last year due to pandemic health measures, it's usually open to the public during the Antarctic summer between November and March, when it welcomes thousands of tourists who arrive by cruise ship.


"They're able to come ashore and learn something a little bit different," Inglis said. "So rather than the wildlife in the landscape that most Antarctic landings will offer, it's an insight into the human history down in Antarctica."


If you would like to apply - and must do so before 25 April - click here for more info.

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