Working at Port Lockroy, Antarctica

Photo by The Mirror

With graduation looming closer and closer, I’ve found myself looking at my…rather non-traditional options. 

Antarctica. I’m talking about Antarctica. 

I wanted to run away to Antarctica. As it turns out, there’s actually quite a few options out there for those of us who really don’t mind the cold. But one of them in particular caught my eye when I was scrolling through my facebook feed. 

The historic site of Port Lockroy has existed since 1944, when it was established as a British Research station. Though it officially closed down in 1962, the site still exists today as a museum, post office (yep, a post office), and a gift shop. And, wait for it…

You can work there! I mean, if you’re going to inevitably be stuck with a shitty retail job after graduation, you may as well pick one that’ll frighten your relatives and brighten up your resume! Port Lockroy is open during the austral summer season, and contracts last for six months. 

So how do you get picked? 

Unfortunately, the process isn’t as clean-cut as your gig at the local tourist trap. Though you don’t have to be a British citizen to apply, you must be able to attend a two-day final selection process in Cambridge. Room and board are provided, but that four-figure international plane ticket is not. Thankfully, they do cover travel from Cambridge down to Antarctica. The entire journey down there takes about ten days, but I can imagine you’ll come back with quite the story. 

I’m in! Now what?

If you get through the final selection process and manage to pack as many parkas as you can fit, you and your co-workers are shipped down Antarctic Peninsula sometime around early November. According to the team blog, the entire journey took about ten days. Honestly, I highly recommend scrolling through the team blogs for an in-depth look at life in the deep (deep) south. I can only imagine what a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience it must be. 

Ok, so the chances of getting into the program are a little slimmer than we thought, but it would still look pretty great on a resume, don’t you think?

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