19 March, 2024

Chefs, plumbers and electricians wanted to work in Antarctica.

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for new recruits to work at its research stations in Antarctica. Skilled carpenters, chefs, electricians, plumbers, mountaineers, generator technicians, boating officers, plant operators and plant mechanics are invited to apply for a job that offers an opportunity of a lifetime.

It’s a job unlike any other and an experience that will provide lifelong memories.

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Nicole Logan-Park conducts a building survey at Signy Research Station. BAS.

It’s a unique deployment according to BAS’ HR Business Partner Richard Howard. He says:

“We have world-class laboratories, accommodation buildings, offices and technical facilities at our five scientific research stations in Antarctica. We need the best people to keep everything running smoothly and to provide top quality support to our science and logistics programme. The chance to work on the ice surrounded by stunning scenery, icebergs, penguins, whales and seals will be a fantastic experience.”


Mike Brian worked as a polar field guide (mountaineer) at Rothera Research Station. He says:

“Where else in the world would I have had the chance to see icebergs floating past, and penguins and whales on an almost daily basis – all while at work! I often felt like I was living in a nature documentary.”

“My advice for anyone contemplating a job with British Antarctic Survey would be don’t think twice; go for it!  Antarctica is an incredible place to work, and BAS is a great organisation to work for.  My time ‘south’ has given me amazing opportunities and experiences.  I’ve made so many fantastic memories which will last me a lifetime.”

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A field guide (another of our coolest jobs!) conducts training near Rothera Research Station. BAS.

British Antarctic Survey is a world leader in polar research and operations. Its research highlights the fragility of the Earth’s frozen environments, and what that means for our planet. BAS scientists discovered the hole in the ozone layer and identified key evidence for climate change in ancient ice. It provides the UK’s national polar capability by operating research stations, aircraft and Royal Research Ship Sir David Attenborough, supporting science at the poles and securing the UK’s presence in Antarctic affairs.

A full range of the jobs, which also includes diving officer, meteorological observer and station leaders, are on the BAS website at bas.ac.uk/vacancies. The application deadline is 31 March.

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A mechanic fixes a skidoo in the vehicles garage. BAS.

Contracts run from six to 18 months and are flexible. The benefits package includes a starting salary of £27,879 per annum, with a benefits package. In addition, all living expenses are covered – accommodation, food, travel, specialist clothing, tools and training. An additional allowance is also paid if significant training is needed at BAS Head Office in Cambridge before deployment in Antarctica.

Want to know more about what it’s like to live and work in Antarctica? Check out BAS’ social channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter/X and LinkedIn) or listen to our podcast Iceworld to hear stories from people working on the ice.

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A boating officer prepares for a science expedition. BAS.