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(Abc.net.au)   Want to get away from it all for 4 to 15 months? Come to Antarctica because someone has to keep lights on, water running, people warm. "Each job carries a huge responsibility but where else can you visit a penguin colony on your day off?"   (abc.net.au) divider line
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2021-12-19 5:45:29 PM  
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2021-12-19 5:49:51 PM  
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2021-12-19 5:50:39 PM  
Don't even begin to ponder if you haven't had your appendix or your wisdom teeth removed.

It unpleasant when they do it down there
 
2021-12-19 5:53:15 PM  
Off the top of my head, Cape Town and Melbourne.

I'm not that well travelled, but if I can name 2 major cities I've visited which have penguin colonies, I'm assuming there are more.

So........ not really a USP for the job.
 
2021-12-19 5:53:27 PM  
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2021-12-19 5:53:32 PM  
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2021-12-19 5:54:22 PM  

Pert: Off the top of my head, Cape Town and Melbourne.

I'm not that well travelled, but if I can name 2 major cities I've visited which have penguin colonies, I'm assuming there are more.

So........ not really a USP for the job.


I was going to say Patagonia.
 
2021-12-19 5:56:42 PM  
No cool tag?
 
2021-12-19 5:59:28 PM  
I followed a couple of scientists on tiktok who spent the winter down there.. it was pretty darn interesting!
 
2021-12-19 6:01:39 PM  
Only if I can get one of these.
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/With a "Wintered Over" clasp, please.
 
2021-12-19 6:03:04 PM  
I'd go in a minute if I was qualified for a job there.

Mortgage banker not so much a thing there I suspect.
 
2021-12-19 6:04:22 PM  
Everyone with a chunk of Antarctica is working to upgrade their presence there. New Zealand is doing a big redevelopment of Scott Base in the Ross Dependency, for example. In less than 30 years the Antarctic Treaty is going to become modifiable and there likely will be a scramble for territory and resource rights - fisheries, oil and mining.
 
2021-12-19 6:08:36 PM  

thisispete: Everyone with a chunk of Antarctica is working to upgrade their presence there. New Zealand is doing a big redevelopment of Scott Base in the Ross Dependency, for example. In less than 30 years the Antarctic Treaty is going to become modifiable and there likely will be a scramble for territory and resource rights - fisheries, oil and mining.


There's billions in mineral wealth down there. Shame it has all that lousy ice on top of it. If only there was a way to get all to melt... hmm...
 
2021-12-19 6:09:14 PM  
Is there beer?
 
2021-12-19 6:09:36 PM  
If I was in better health, fark yeah I'd go. If I didn't just buy a house In MI, I'd definitely chase down work with spacex.

So.....
Pipe dreams.
 
2021-12-19 6:16:26 PM  
Should be manned by Canadians and people from Siberia. Be like a normal winter.
 
2021-12-19 6:29:45 PM  
"I just spent the past 15 months in Antarctica" sounds like a cover for doing jail time.
 
2021-12-19 6:43:52 PM  
Just watch out for the older male penguins

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2021-12-19 6:50:56 PM  

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2021-12-19 6:53:15 PM  
"If you are a female tradie or supervisor with a taste for travel or change, we want to hear from you," she said.

"I'm tired of having the only vagina within a thousand kilometers.  It's getting really sore."

/"PS, hope you like your men with beards."
 
2021-12-19 6:54:40 PM  

jmr61: I'd go in a minute if I was qualified for a job there.

Mortgage banker not so much a thing there I suspect.


Been thinking about this for a while, actually.  Oh, I'm sure they have plenty of better-qualified I.T. flacks down there.

But when a year-plus isolated with the same couple dozen people in a frozen wasteland sounds appealing, you really have to question both your current society and your mental state, because one or both of them is severely out of whack.
 
2021-12-19 7:02:29 PM  

IamTomJoad: Don't even begin to ponder if you haven't had your appendix or your wisdom teeth removed.

It unpleasant when they do it down there


At least nowadays you probably wouldn't have to do it yourself...

jmr61: I'd go in a minute if I was qualified for a job there.

Mortgage banker not so much a thing there I suspect.


Had a friend go right after undergrad. They need people to peel potatoes, serve food, clerk the retail shop, and even be a "recreation coordinator," (that was my friend's job) among other things. If you really want to, you could probably make it happen. McMurdo even has three bars, so as a farker you've probably got a head start on a bartending gig.

Managed by the National Science Foundation, the USAP deploys roughly 3,000 people to Antarctica every year to conduct scientific research, or provide support to researchers through the operation and maintenance of the research stations and vessels. Inquiring about opportunities depends on your area of interest; however, the majority of employees are hired as support personnel through Leidos, Gana-A 'Yoo Service Corporation, GHG Corporation, and PAE, Inc

Note that if you're support staff you'll probably end up with a secondary job as well. My recreation coordinator friend's secondary job? Driving THIS:

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(for which the most prior qualification she had was extensive experience with a Geo Metro. So, y'know. You might be surprised what you'd be qualified for ;)
 
2021-12-19 7:26:48 PM  
After COVID, the isolation should be a snap.

What's the pay?
 
2021-12-19 7:28:06 PM  

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2021-12-19 7:52:33 PM  

quo vadimus: IamTomJoad: Don't even begin to ponder if you haven't had your appendix or your wisdom teeth removed.

It unpleasant when they do it down there

At least nowadays you probably wouldn't have to do it yourself...

jmr61: I'd go in a minute if I was qualified for a job there.

Mortgage banker not so much a thing there I suspect.

Had a friend go right after undergrad. They need people to peel potatoes, serve food, clerk the retail shop, and even be a "recreation coordinator," (that was my friend's job) among other things. If you really want to, you could probably make it happen. McMurdo even has three bars, so as a farker you've probably got a head start on a bartending gig.

Managed by the National Science Foundation, the USAP deploys roughly 3,000 people to Antarctica every year to conduct scientific research, or provide support to researchers through the operation and maintenance of the research stations and vessels. Inquiring about opportunities depends on your area of interest; however, the majority of employees are hired as support personnel through Leidos, Gana-A 'Yoo Service Corporation, GHG Corporation, and PAE, Inc

Note that if you're support staff you'll probably end up with a secondary job as well. My recreation coordinator friend's secondary job? Driving THIS:

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(for which the most prior qualification she had was extensive experience with a Geo Metro. So, y'know. You might be surprised what you'd be qualified for ;)


Yup. I know three guys who lived and worked there; only one was a researcher. The other two were in food service and called upon to also do light housekeeping and janitorial. All three say it was an amazing experience that they would never repeat. Also, they report that penguin colonies smell god awful and the penguins very clearly don't want you around. As much as I value solitude, I don't think I would live in Antarctica for more than a few days (it would be amazing to visit for a weekend). I'd be much more happy as a temperate climate hermit, I think.
 
2021-12-19 7:56:22 PM  
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2021-12-19 8:04:43 PM  
I have a cousin who regularly works down there. Don't know how much it pays, but he spends the rest of his time hiking and traveling so probably fairly well.
 
2021-12-19 8:05:22 PM  

leeksfromchichis: Is there beer?


Yup
 
2021-12-19 8:05:42 PM  

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I've worked with a couple of people who have that.
 
2021-12-19 8:28:51 PM  
I'd love it.
I could finally beat the Wizard of Frobozz and kill that damn gazebo.
 
2021-12-19 8:33:01 PM  
I watched a doc about the place. A woman went and worked in food services. While she was there she learned how to drive a forklift. The next year she applied for that position and got it. She loved living there. I think it was 7 months on and then she would just travel 5 months a year. The pay was amazing and she was only one of 24 females. She was also cute, and needless to say, she enjoyed the attention.
 
2021-12-19 8:35:48 PM  

CFitzsimmons: All three say it was an amazing experience that they would never repeat.


Haha... my friend did two summers in a row, but by the time it was over it was pretty clear to me up here that the second year was much more grueling than adventurous. Just exchanged a few texts with her about it; sounds like that's pretty typical. You appreciate the adventure once but are done, or you are truly off your gourd and become a "regular."

But the year-round folk (1,258 summer pop, down to 150-250 winter pop, living through four months of darkness) are the ones you really have to worry about...
 
2021-12-19 8:36:16 PM  
I want to visit the British Halley base.

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It's on an ice shelf, so every five years they ski it ten miles back towards the pole. It's where they discovered the hole in the ozone layer.
 
2021-12-19 8:37:30 PM  
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2021-12-19 9:01:45 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: I want to visit the British Halley base.

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It's on an ice shelf, so every five years they ski it ten miles back towards the pole. It's where they discovered the hole in the ozone layer.


Whooooaaa. That's... Strong Silent Running vibes.

Thanks for the youtube/google hole I'm about to dive into. So cool.
 
2021-12-19 9:05:21 PM  

jmr61: I'd go in a minute if I was qualified for a job there.

Mortgage banker not so much a thing there I suspect.


Give it time.

(Might take three million years, though.)
 
2021-12-19 9:10:06 PM  

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*quietly applies to job in Antarctica*
 
2021-12-19 9:21:41 PM  
I almost did this.

It was a position for data analysis and packaging in the IceCube neutrino project.

I backed out for a non-committal girlfriend who would vacillate between lets get married and lets break up in the course of every week.

Turns out, frozen testicles wasn't more appealing than an annoying relationship status.

But I do wonder how that would have went if I had been more committal to doing a crazy job.
 
2021-12-19 9:22:06 PM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: Should be manned by Canadians and people from Siberia. Be like a normal winter.


Even foreigners would think it's as cold as ice. Are they willing to sacrifice their love of their homeland?
 
2021-12-19 9:34:04 PM  

NathanAllen: I almost did this.

It was a position for data analysis and packaging in the IceCube neutrino project.

I backed out for a non-committal girlfriend who would vacillate between lets get married and lets break up in the course of every week.

Turns out, frozen testicles wasn't more appealing than an annoying relationship status.

But I do wonder how that would have went if I had been more committal to doing a crazy job.


A non-zero chance of assisting during someone's telemedicine appendectomy.  One of the postdocs on SNO+ overwintered at IceCube and had to do just that.

Also, a high probability of getting stuck with someone with an excessive commitment to conserving water by not bathing for weeks at a time.
 
2021-12-19 9:36:41 PM  

jmr61: I'd go in a minute if I was qualified for a job there.

Mortgage banker not so much a thing there I suspect.


You'd think so, but the truth is that very few penguins actually pay cash for their nesting sites.
 
2021-12-19 9:55:31 PM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: jmr61: I'd go in a minute if I was qualified for a job there.

Mortgage banker not so much a thing there I suspect.

You'd think so, but the truth is that very few penguins actually pay cash for their nesting sites.


Well, maybe you could utilize your pimping skills.https://www.penguinworld.com/features/prostitution.html
 
2021-12-19 10:05:32 PM  

quo vadimus: Carter Pewterschmidt: I want to visit the British Halley base.

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It's on an ice shelf, so every five years they ski it ten miles back towards the pole. It's where they discovered the hole in the ozone layer.

Whooooaaa. That's... Strong Silent Running vibes.

Thanks for the youtube/google hole I'm about to dive into. So cool.


I applied for a job there a couple of years ago, for the very first move they did.
Didn't get it, and it turned out they did the move, and then found another huge new crack in the shelf that threatened the base. They had to evacuate for the winter for the first time ever and hope the shelf, and the base, would still be there come summer, and then move it another twenty miles or so inland.
 
2021-12-19 10:11:04 PM  
Also, you might bring a book for your "down time".
 
2021-12-19 10:33:58 PM  
Bondith:
Also, a high probability of getting stuck with someone with an excessive commitment to conserving water by not bathing for weeks at a time.

Oui Oui
 
2021-12-19 10:36:33 PM  
I'm surprised no one has asked if there is internet and if yes, at what speed!

/you guys aren't reading the articles now, are you?!
//I have no issue with solitude, just can't come up with a decent cost/benefit
///oh, and not willing to leave my family and not willing to move them. That actually impacted my choice on getting a PhD...for now. Here's hoping that my targeted school actually changes and allows distance learning for the involuntary first six months of courses and online teaching for the mandatory course(s) teaching
 
2021-12-20 5:15:55 AM  
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2021-12-20 5:54:18 AM  
I know a guy that does this. Former US Navy salvage diver. He's been down there several times over the winter, his gig is electromechanical systems and the like. He trained with Seattle City Light as an electrician and I've worked with him in a machine shop. He made enough after a half dozen tours to buy an earthquake semi-wrecked house on the south side of Queen Anne Hill overlooking the Seattle Center and fix it up.
 
2021-12-20 7:16:22 AM  
It's summer there right now, isn't it?
 
2021-12-20 9:16:12 AM  
If I had more mechanic skills and training, I'd like to work in the power plant that winters over at Amundsen-Scott. I think it's fascinating how the fly and tractor in all the fuel they need for the winter, and bunker it at -50ºC. The Caterpillar V-12 diesel engines use waste heat for heating the entire station, and then electric generation for all the science experiments.
 
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