As an Aircraft Ground Support Officer (AGSO) you will be responsible for a diverse range of duties in support of fixed and rotary wing operations in Antarctica. This is a hands-on role, which will require you to operate a wide range of heavy and light machinery, along with servicing the needs of ground support requirements for a wide range of aircraft. This involves operation of machinery and manual work, including the construction, maintenance and operation of ski landing areas. You will handle fuel and interface with fixed/rotary wing aircraft. You will also transport passengers and cargo to and from aviation facilities and aircraft.

Aircraft schedules are heavily influenced by weather conditions. AGSOs often work long hours (up to 12 hours) to capitalise on periods of good weather.

AGSOs are employed in summer jobs at Casey and Davis stations. Casey AGSOs routinely assist at Wilkins Aerodrome as operational needs dictate.

The Australian Antarctic Program’s (AAP) vision is to ensure Antarctica is valued, protected and understood. Working with the AAP provides a unique opportunity to experience Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, while supporting world-leading science.

The AAP aims to support expeditioner growth, professionally and personally, with a focus on wellbeing. We strive to employ versatile, proactive and community minded people. Expeditioners will need to contribute to a small team and be resilient as they face the challenges of living in an isolated environment.

For more detailed information about the requirements of the role and the selection process, please see the job description document and link to more information on the application process below.

Employment conditions

  • The annual base salary (while in Australia) is $68,998 per annum ($2,645 per fortnight before tax).
  • Additional allowances totalling $63,437 per annum are payable while working in Antarctica.
  • A generous employer superannuation contribution of up to 15.4% will be paid in addition to salary and allowances.
  • You will accrue recreation leave at the equivalent of 20 days per annum pro rata. Please note that recreation leave is not available in Antarctica, but will be paid out on return to Australia.

Contact

For general enquiries, please use our contact form to speak to the Expeditioner Resourcing team.

For job specific (technical or trade related) enquiries, or to discuss the role in more detail, please contact the Aviation team on (03) 6232 3141 or aviation@aad.gov.au.

Eligibility

You must be an Australian citizen, Australian resident with work rights in Australia, or a New Zealand citizen. Please note: Jobs requiring a security clearance are only open to Australian citizens. Applications from persons who are not Australian citizens will usually only be considered where there are no suitable Australian applicants.

To apply for this role you must have the skills and licences listed below:

Qualifications/licences (provide copies in your application):

  • A valid, unrestricted Heavy Rigid (HR) licence.

Recent hands-on experience (within the last 5 years):

  • Experience in the operation of mobile plant/equipment, in the following fields: agricultural, snowfields, forestry, civil construction or mining environment or similar.

How to apply

  1. Read about the application process and life as an expeditioner. This is an overview of the recruitment and selection process.
  2. Review the job description. This describes the job and specifies essential qualifications and experience. It also tells you what documents you need to attach to your application.
  3. Have your documents ready to attach (eg licences, qualifications and current CV/résumé). You must include these to be considered for the job.
  4. When you have completed steps 1 to 3 above, click ‘Apply Now’✱ to start your application.

Applications close Monday 16 January, 11:30 PM AEDT.

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