Working at Port Lockroy
Each year (November to March) we recruit a small team of staff to work at the historic site of Base A, Port Lockroy in Antarctica and run the museum, shop, Post Office and maintenance programme.
Port Lockroy, Base ‘A’, is a British historic base situated on Goudier Island off the Antarctic Peninsula. It was established in 1944 and operated as a British Research station until it closed in 1962. The abandoned base was designated a Historic Site and Monument under the Antarctic Treaty and in 1996 restored as a ‘living’ museum. Base A now welcomes visitors to the site every Austral summer, in order to promote the work of the UKAHT on the Peninsula and in the UK and to give visitors a taste of base life from the early days of British occupation. It is visited each Austral summer by approximately 18,000 ship-borne visitors, amounting to one to two ship visits per day.
Staff are employed to assist the Base Leader to most effectively run the post office, merchandise, museum and maintenance operation at Port Lockroy, Antarctica during the Austral summer. Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Welcoming visitors to the site.
- Managing ship visits to the island, including liaising with ships and providing briefings to visitors.
- Operation of the Post Office.
- Operation of the shop including merchandise control.
- Running the annual maintenance works programme and assisting with all maintenance tasks as required.
- Artefact cataloguing, museum display and interpretive material.
- Managing all non-merchandise stock and supplies.
- Giving presentations and interviews to members of the public and press.
Staff are also expected to:
- Participate as necessary in briefings and training for the Antarctic season, including the training session held in the UK for approximately 6 days in September.
- Participate fully in a debriefing, to be held on return from Antarctica.
- If necessary to undertake preparatory work in the UK prior to/following the Antarctic season.
Staff are employed on a six month contract which includes the Antarctic season (approximately November to March). Staff are expected to live and work on the island for the duration of the season, and take part in any training or debriefing as appropriate during their six month contract period.
Staff will be housed in our purpose-built accommodation in the Nissen Hut, although if/when working at other sites accommodation will be more basic. The Nissen Hut provides comfortable but basic conditions, and the island has no mains power, heat or running water, and only limited communications.
To find out more about living and working at Port Lockroy, take a look at the Port Lockroy blogs.