Smoko On Ice: Aussie Antarctic Program Now Hiring Chippies, Sparkies, Plumbers, & More

Australian Antarctic Program jobs

Sick of sweating your tits off on-site while sucking back a lung burner and praying for a classic ‘let’s call it a day’ downpour or heatwave? The Australian Antarctic Program has got you sorted. 

The national program is looking to hire carpenters, sparkies, plumbers, and more to work across its four research stations for the 2022-23 season. 

Each year, the Australian Antarctic Program casts a wide net, looking for skilled, resilient, and flexible people to recruit. In recent years, the focus has shifted to predominantly trades-based roles – welcome news for the nations tradies who are staring down the barrel of a blistering summer on the tools. 

Imagine if you never had to cop another 38-degree belter, but instead could look at penguins while you’re working? 



Smoko On Ice: Aussie Antarctic Program Now Hiring Chippies, Sparkies, Plumbers, & More

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This time around, the AAP is looking for 200 workers to fill 24 different roles. And as previously stated by Human Resources Manager, Maree Riley:

“We want people who can live and work together harmoniously in often harsh and inhospitable conditions.” 

‘Harsh and inhospitable conditions’ describes 100% of the jobs you’ve worked on over the past few years, so no need to worry about that aspect. 

Successful applicants will also have their daily meals covered, with each station employing a dedicated chef. So while sausage rolls and 7-Eleven sandwiches may be off the menu, for the time being, think of all the cash you’ll save. 

Speaking of cash, base salaries range from approximately $69,000 to $105,000 with a generous superannuation contribution of up to 15.4% (figures obviously adjusted according to the role). Additional allowances totalling $63,437 per annum are also payable while working in Antarctica. 

Smoko On Ice: Aussie Antarctic Program Now Hiring Chippies, Sparkies, Plumbers, & More

On top of that, there are barely any pubs in Antarctica. Goodbye brickies laptop, hello forced savings. 



All these upsides have struck a chord with tradies nationwide. After last year’s announcement of jobs in Antarctica, more than 100,000 Australians flocked to the Australian Antarctic Program website.

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

Applications officially close on January 27th of 2022 (AEDT).