Antarctica’s Penguin Post Office is hiring


Apply now to work at the British base in Port Lockroy, Antarctica, and young gentoo penguins like this could be your neighbors on Goudier Island.

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A remote post office in Antarctica is recruiting. And if you’re good at sorting mail, selling postage stamps, and counting penguins, this job might be for you.

Port Lockroy Post Office, also known as the Penguin Post Office, is a popular tourist destination on Goudier Island, just west of the Antarctic Peninsula. The historic site receives approximately 18,000 visitors each season. And the area is also filled with penguins.

A British Antarctic Territory, Post Lockroy’s “Base A” – which houses the post office – was established in 1944 and operated as a British research station. Today it is run by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, which runs the museum and gift shop. Profits from the shop support renovations to other historic sites in Antarctica.

The UKAHT team is also monitoring the impact of visitors in an environmental survey, which includes counting the number of penguins – and penguin chicks – on the island. The study helps regulate the number of visitors to the island and provides guidelines “to ensure the environment is properly cared for,” according to the territory’s website.

Applications for the seasonal positions, which can run approximately from November to March, close Monday at 23:59 GMT.

Living and working on the island is far from luxurious. Along with the chilly temperatures — which can drop as low as 23 degrees Fahrenheit and can feel colder with the wind chill — accommodations are limited, according to an information package for employment on the island.

Staff members share a single room and there is no flush toilet. Instead, a camping toilet should be emptied daily.

There is also no running water or showers. Visiting ships provide staff members with showers every few days. In some cases, staff can go up to two weeks without a shower.

Communication is also limited. There is no internet access or cell phone reception, and satellite phone calls are expensive. Staff members will have “very minimal communication with their homes”, according to the package.

And in an emergency, medical evacuations to a hospital could take up to seven days, according to the package.

“Antarctica is a physically and mentally tough place to work,” the package says.

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