As a Boilermaker/Welder in Antarctica you will safely operate metal working machinery and welding bays. You will assist in the erection, cladding and fit out of new buildings and maintenance of existing infrastructure.

Opportunities exists for Boilermaker/Welders to work in both the Antarctic Summer and Winter seasons, normally November to March or November to November respectively. Shorter winter opportunities may also arise (March to November).

Boilermaker/Welders are deployed at all 3 Antarctic stations as well as Macquarie Island when the demand for works require. The deployment is normally proceeded by 2 months predeparture training for Winter and one month for Summer.

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 when in Australia starts from $79,801 per annum.
  • Base salary + additional allowances when in Antarctica starts from $145,142 per annum.
  • 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.


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 if you must have the skills and licences listed below.

Qualifications/licences (provide copies in your application):

  • A suitable trade certificate, technical certificate, apprenticeship or recognised equivalent as Boilermaker/Welder.
  • A White Card (issued after May 2009), or the ability to attain prior to commencement
  • A current, unrestricted “C” class (manual) Australian driver’s licence. 
  • Valid passport when travelling to the Antarctic or sub-antarctic. The expiry date of the passport (and any relevant visa) must be at least 6 months beyond the planned end date of your intended stay in the Antarctic or sub-antarctic
  • A current statement of attainment in the following units of first aid, or the ability to attain prior to commencement: 
    • Provide First Aid (HLTAID0011) must be valid for at least 18 months beyond the date of AAD commencement. 
    • Provide CPR (HLTAID009) must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of AAD commencement. 

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

  • metal fabrication and repairs involving a wide range of materials varying from low temperature carbon steel to stainless steel, incorporating the appropriate best work practices and procedures
  • MIG, TIG, aluminium, stainless steel and hardox welding
  • experience in the building construction industry
  • structural steel erection techniques
  • broad general experience.


For general enquiries, please email the Hays Expeditioner Recruitment Team at

For job specific (technical or trade related) enquiries, or to discuss the role in more detail, please contact Hays at or 03 8602 9896.

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