The Deputy Wilkins Aerodrome Manager (2IC) is responsible for the day to day tasking and supervision of staff at Wilkins Aerodrome. The 2IC works in direct consultation with the Wilkins Aerodrome Manager (AM). You will have a high level of communication skills, and the ability to deal with a wide range of complex situations in a highly remote environment. This is a hands-on role which will require you to operate a wide range of heavy and light machinery, in the construction, maintenance and operation of Wilkins Aerodrome, along with servicing the needs of ground support requirements for a wide range of aircraft. The role also requires you to fill the position of Aerodrome Manager when the Aerodrome Manager is offsite.

The 2IC is employed at Wilkins Aerodrome during the summer operating season and may transition to the Winter Aerodrome Manager role at the end of the summer operating season.

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 $94,838 per annum ($3,636 per fortnight before tax).
  • Additional allowances totalling $65,341 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.


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 (03) 6232 3141 or


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 current, unrestricted class Heavy Rigid (HR) licence.
  • A current Statement of Attainment to operate a front end loader (LL).
  • A current Statement of Attainment to operate a skid steer loader (LS).

Experience (within the last 5 years):

  • Supervising a small team, preferably in a remote situation including conflict resolution
  • Understanding aerodrome manuals and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Working under time pressure with a flexible approach to working hours
  • Utilising highly effective communication and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated experience in the operation mobile plant/equipment relevant to Wilkins Aerodrome
  • Tasking and maintaining a heavy and light equipment fleet; and
  • At Wilkins Aerodrome for at least 2 months duration in an aerodrome construction and maintenance environment, or comparable environment.

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