may be the most competitive job location in the world. Each
year, thousands of Americans apply to work on The Ice, through
the National Science Foundation or Raytheon Polar Services,
the company contracted to handle all the U.S. operations in
percent of personnel work during austral summer between October
and February. During that time, McMurdo Station is alive with
people from many walks of life: not just scientists, but pilots,
construction workers, and technicians of all kinds. Even teachers,
artists, and members of the press have a chance to apply for
time on The Ice.
most of Antarctica's employed population is there for the
adventure of life on the continent, there are other benefits.
A technical or labor job in Antarctica pays considerably more
than the same job in the U.S. And for those who live in the
American Midwest, January's weather is warmer in Antarctica
than at home!
you don't have the skills or gumption to apply for these programs,
you can always visit Antarctica as a tourist. The links below
will give you more information about how you can find your
way to the Seventh Continent. These are for U.S. programs,
but similar opportunities exist in other countries.
got to drive the snowblower.
water from an ice hole.