Polar Jobs

The USAP hires most of their positions in Feb/Mar/Apr though it’s never too late to apply! The summer season at Pole runs roughly Oct-Feb, winter is ~Feb-Nov. Field camps run ~Nov-Feb. McMurdo winfly is ~Aug-Nov, mainbody is Oct-Mar, winter Mar-Aug/Nov.

I think the easiest way to look for jobs in Antarctica is through Most positions are listed there. If you’re looking for a specific position try the links below.

The NSF Antarctic contract is now held by Leidos – they subcondract most of their jobs, but management, administration, engineering and are hired directly with Leidos. To search and apply go to

PAE hires most of the bulk of the program. Airfield support, trades, construction, heavy equipment operators, firefighters, seasonal engineers, and mountaineers among others.

Gana-A’Yoo Services Corporation (GSC) hires kitchen and cooking staff. They also hire janitors and dish washers.P1261714.JPG

GHC hires IT staff such as network engineers, computer technicians, riggers, communications technicians, and system administrators.

Best Recycling hires hazardous waste and recycling technicians

University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) conducts the PQ or physical qualification process and hires all station medical workers such as nurses, doctors, PAs, and radiological technicians.

The Arctic program is much smaller than the Antarctic program with only a handful of people hired each year. It’s organized a bit differently too with a core crew (Manager, Mechanic, and Science Techs) that are 3/4 time employees roughly deploying Feb-Jun, Jun-Oct, and Oct-Feb. The summer season at Summit runs Apr-Aug and the core crew is augmented with a cook, medic, field coordinator, heavy equipment operator, cargo person, and construction crew. – Polar Field Services (PFS) has the contract for US science support in the Arctic. They fill positions in Alaska, Greenland, and elsewhere.

*If you’re not certified in a trade or have experience in a specific field, such as IT or cargo, apply for field coordinator, dish washer, janitor…and when you get to the ice network! Get out and help various departments, make connections and line up your job for next year. Be aware that lots of people apply, the pay isn’t great, but the experiences can be. If you don’t hear anything my best advice is to try again next year. Be prepared to shovel. ~ Good Luck!


Digging out equipment at Pine Island Glacier      (Nov. 2014)


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