Travel job alert: Antarctica is looking for postmen

2015-02-24 19:30
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Cape Town - Ever felt like taking a gap year with a difference, while exploring a part of the world few others get to live?

We've discovered the perfect job opportunity for you! Become a postman in Antarctica... who also monitors penguins, offers tours and keeps stock of the shop. reports that the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) is looking for four young people to spend five months on the tiny Goudier Island off the Antarctic Peninsula to perform a number of duties, including sorting post, running the shop and helping to maintain the museum at the British historical base of Port Lockroy.

The island has become quite a popular tourist destination over the past few years, drawing close on 18 000 'ship-borne' visitors during the Austral summer months. 

Part of the charm of visiting the island, is getting to send a letter or two from the most southerly post office on the planet. According to the UKAHT job spec, around 70 000 mail items make their way through the post office every year. 

Attributes that have been listed for the job include good physical and medical fitness, confidence to talk to more than 200 people at a time, as well as conduct TV and radio interviews, retail experience, environmental awareness, quick learner, initiative and sympathy. The ability to carry heavy boxes over slippery rocks and sludgy snow while dodging penguins will also come in handy. 

While UKAHT describes living conditions as being comfortable, they highlight the fact that there is no mains power, heat or water (we're not too sure what's comfortable about that!). They also stipulate that adaptability is an absolute must, asking the following valid question: "Are you happy not to shower for up to a month, live in close proximity to three people and 2 000 smelly penguins for five months?"

The contract period is set for the Antarctic Season, stretching from November to the middle of March and successful applicants can expect a pay check of £1 100 (R19 721 at R17.93/pound) per month.

Check out the job ad and job description

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