Living and working at Port Lockroy


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.

Update regarding 2021/22 season recruitment (January 2021)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be reviewing how the next few months will impact our normal recruitment process for the 2021/22 season. The safety and well-being of staff and all candidates for the Port Lockroy roles is our top priority. Any new information regarding recruitment will be posted here over the next few weeks. We politely ask that you keep an eye on these pages for any updates rather than contact us directly. Thank you for your patience.