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Antarctic postal officer Working in a post office may just be your idea of hell, but what about working in a post office surrounded by glaciers, the roaring ocean and hundreds of penguins? Now you’re talking! Located on remote, windswept Goudier Island, Antarctica, the southernmost post office in the world operates from November to March and is staffed by a fresh batch of recruits each year. Run by the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, Port Lockroy Post Office is much, much more than your average post office. Yes, you can buy postcards and stamps, but with the space encompassing the historic scientific research station known as ‘Base A’, working at Port Lockroy involves a little bit of everything: office administration, museum maintenance, tour guiding and retail assistance. If a large cruise ship arrives, then you’ll need to show passengers around the museum, sell postcards and merchandise, press cute penguin stamps into passports and answer a lot of questions about your job. On a quieter day, you might be expected to clean the museum, fill out paperwork or take part in maintenance work on your living quarters. Some post office workers also assist researchers by keeping an eye on local penguin numbers. The remote nature of the post office means workers must live onsite, in simple, well-constructed huts located behind the post office. As a small island with next-to-no facilities, you must be comfortable with living and working with strangers in isolation for six months of the year. This may sound like a dream job for introverts, but extroverted peeps might find themselves challenged by the lack of social interaction or entertainment. There are no cafes, bars or pubs to hang out in, no gigs to rock out to, no shopping centres to browse at and no neighbours to chat to. This may seem confronting, but you will be able to take in views of some of the wildest seas in

the world, get up close and personal with penguins on a daily basis, and meet lots of interesting people who’ll stop by to send a postcard from the bottom of the world. There is plenty of competition for these roles. Although you don’t need to be a UK citizen to apply, it helps to be located there (or nearby) as the interviews and training take place in Cambridge. The application process covers a wide range of criteria to ensure the right people end up with the job. Of course, having the mental capacity to work in a remote environment is a must. While not a long-term profession by any means, living and working in Antarctica is a real coup and a life experience that will provide enough stories to see you through many dates, dinner parties and meet-the-parents situations. Trust me, saying you’ve worked in a post office in Antarctica is a real ice breaker.

The lowdown

Education or qualifications: No formal education requirements are required but a good command of English is a necessity for this role. Experience required: Applicants don’t require any postal service experience but it helps to have a wide variety of capabilities, from customer service to maintenance skills. Training: Successful applicants must attend a six-day training session in the UK. Restrictions: None, although applicants must be available to fulfil a six-month contract in Antarctica, living and working in a place without mains power, heat or running water.

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