50. What are the requirements to work in Antarctica. Who do you have to talk to?
Glad to hear I may have converted at least one person to have the Antarctic dream!! There are a ton of jobs down here and all you have to do is apply. Many people apply multiple years before they get accepted. The most common entry level job is janitor or dining assistant. They seem to have a lot of fun! You can also be a general assistant, work in carpentry, be an electrician, a shuttle drive, firefighter, paramedic and any other job you can imagine would be needed to support science and keep a small town functioning efficiently.
The current contractor to provide the support staff at McMurdo, South Pole and Palmer is Raytheon and NANA. Both fall under the USAP (United States Antarctic Program). Their contract has been extended by one year. I believe you have to be at least 18 years old. And ready to work hard and have an awesome adventure!! You can get more info at: Raytheon USAP . They list the following requirements:
|In addition to your skills and experience, you must meet several other requirements that have been established under the guidance of the National Science Foundation. Failure to meet these requirements may result in withdrawal of an employment offer.|
Once hired, you must comply with applicable safety, environment, health, and waste management policies and procedures, and be committed to completing your employment contract in Antarctica.
After you sign an alternate or primary contract, you have to pass a age appropriate physical and dental exam, also known as the “PQ exam.” Once you are PQ’d, you can spend a season on the ice! If you are still interested in spending time in Antarctica after graduation, I would be happy to chat with you some more closer to application time!