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Australian Tradies Wanted For Chippy, Sparky And Plumber Jobs On Antarctica

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Australian Tradies Wanted For Chippy, Sparky And Plumber Jobs On Antarctica

If the last couple of weeks have been anything to go by, Australia is in for a scorcher of a summer.

If you're a tradie Down Under, then you're likely over the idea of sweating it out during sufferable heatwaves while on the job.

But the Australian Antarctic Program may just have a solution.

They're hiring a whole bunch of trade roles to take on work on Antarctica and the pay is very decent.

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Human resources manager, Maree Riley, said it was a rare chance to be part of a national program undertaking critical science in an environment unlike any other in the world.

Credit: Australian Antarctic Program
Credit: Australian Antarctic Program

"It's an amazing opportunity and such a unique experience to live and work on an Antarctic station, somewhere few people have the opportunity to even visit," she said.

"Our expeditioners are essential to support the vital science work of the AAP and maintain Australia's research stations.

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"The Australian Antarctic Division is fully committed to its pursuit of gender equality and diversity across all aspects of the AAP.

"In particular, we have a strong focus on increasing women in the AAP especially across STEM and the broader range of trade roles that we offer."

The AAP is planning to fill 25 different roles across all four stations, with Riley adding: "We want people who can live and work together harmoniously in often harsh and inhospitable conditions."

Credit: Australian Antarctic Program
Credit: Australian Antarctic Program
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According to the Advocate: "All rent and board is free at the four bases where chefs feed you and expeditioners get a special yearly allowance while living and working in Antarctica of $60,974 per annum on top of the job's base wage."

Salaries vary according to the role from about $60,000 to $199,000. Not a bad deal when you count the fact there's no 38 degree belters involved.

It seems that non-sweltering heat and travel lockdowns amid the pandemic have had Aussies itching to get involved, with announcement of the latest round of jobs in Antarctica seeing more than 100,000 Australians flocking to the Australian Antarctic Program's website.

If taking your smoko in chilly conditions among the penguins and whatnot sounds like your cup of iced tea, applications for roles are open now, with the recruitment campaign running from 9 December 2020 to 21 January 2021.

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You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian resident with a valid visa, including working rights in Australia.

Featured Image Credit: The Chats / Unsplash

Topics: Work, Australia

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