If you’ve ever dreamed of counting penguins in Antarctica and getting paid for it, then The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust has just the job for you.
Recruitment has officially begun for a team to experience an “opportunity like no other” where they will be tasked with living and working in Antarctica at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island.
Successful candidates will have to live in near constant daylight and have no running water or access to Wi-Fi. They will be tasked with undertaking various important daily jobs, such as counting penguins.
The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) – an important charity
The charity UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) has officially launched its latest five-month opening for some of the most remote jobs in the world as they require the chosen people to work at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island, Antarctica which is located approximately 9,000 miles from the UK.
The outpost Port Lockroy marks its 80th anniversary this year and is famous for being home to the world’s most southern Post Office.
UKAHT is looking ideally for individuals with a strong sense of adventure and a genuine love of the Antarctic.
Five jobs are available: base leader, postmaster and wildlife monitor.
UKAHT are also searching for two conservation carpenters who will be tasked with restoring sections of Bransfield House.
Potential new recruits must be physically fit, resilient and environmentally aware.
Working and living on Goudier Island, Antarctica – an experience like no other
The new team will be part of efforts to preserve and protect the area and tend to the native penguins.
Speaking about the opportunity to work and live on Goudier Island, UKAHT chief executive Camilla Nichol said the positions are “incredibly popular” and that they attracted a record number of applicants last year.
The current Port Lockroy team of postmaster Clare Ballantyne, wildlife monitor Mairi Hilton, shop manager Natalie Corbett and base leader Lucy Bruzzone when speaking about their experience working in the Antarctic, released a joint statement.
The statement read; “We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend this time in Antarctica caring for this important heritage site and seeing the seasonal changes in the amazing scenery and wildlife.
“It is a beautiful place that has inspired us all to reflect on the importance of protecting this unique landscape and its heritage and to consider what impact our actions at home may have on this very special environment”.
Keeping count of the resident penguins – an important daily duty
The candidates selected for these dream jobs will be required to work and live on the barren Goudier Island in Antarctica.
Here, they will be tasked with running the Post Office and gift shop, maintaining artefacts at the museum at Bransfield House as well as conducting daily counts of the colony of gentoo penguins to ensure that they’re protected.
Applicants need to apply by 26 March, while those looking to take on the role of conservation carpenter will need to ensure that they submit their applications by 12 April.