Working at Port Lockroy


24 March 2020: Notice regarding the Port Lockroy recruitment and selection process in May 2020  

As the situation regarding COVID-19 evolves, we continue to follow government guidance and now begin to consider the impact of the pandemic on this year’s Port Lockroy recruitment and selection process due to take place in May 2020.

The safety and well-being of UKAHT staff and all candidates for the Port Lockroy team vacancies remains our priority. As such, we are currently exploring alternative methods to recruit and interview candidates for all roles.  

We are working hard to finalise a reconsidered approach and will share updates and new information here on our website and on social media, as soon as we can.

We thank you for your patience and ask that you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates rather than contact us directly during this busy time.

Thank you


Living and working at Port Lockroy

*Please note, applications for the 2020-21 season are now closed*

Each year 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, shop, museum and maintenance operation at Port Lockroy, Antarctica during the Austral summer. 

Staff are employed on a six month contract which includes the Antarctic season (approximately November to March), and are expected to live and work on the island for the duration of the season, as well as take part in any training or debriefing as appropriate during their six month contract period. 

We welcome applications from around the world, you don't have to be a UK Citizen. You do need to have a passport and easily travel to the UK for selection, training and then to Antarctica through South America. 

To find out more about living and working at Port Lockroy, take a look at the Port Lockroy Blogs

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We are very keen to promote the important heritage work that we do, telling the story of life in Antarctica both past and present. If you are interested in running a story about us, using our images or films or want to discuss an interview or potential collaboration opportunity we would love to hear from you.  Please contact either Sarah or Lewis at Limewash to discuss your requirements or +44 (0)1223 813 557.