As a Carpenter you will maintain station buildings and field huts. This includes carpentry, painting, plastering, tiling, floor covering, glazing and steel erection work. Carpenters are also involved in the mixing and pouring of concrete foundations. They also manage the safe operation of the carpenters’ workshop and station hobby hut.

Carpenters work in either summer or winter jobs, and shorter winters may also be an option. Carpenters work at all three Antarctic stations as well as Macquarie Island.

For more detailed information about the requirements of the role and the selection process, please see the job description and general information for applicants documents below.

Employment conditions

  • The annual base salary (while in Australia) is $66,319 per annum ($2542 per fortnight before tax).
  • Additional allowances totalling $60,974 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 contact the Recruitment team on 1800 030 755 or contact form.

For job specific (technical or trade related) enquiries, or to discuss the role in more detail, please contact the technical supervisor Chris Wilson (03) 6232 3274.


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 suitable trade certificate, technical certificate, apprenticeship or recognised equivalent in the building trade group such as Carpenter or Carpenter/Joiner.
  • A White Card (issued after May 2009).
  • A current, unrestricted “C” class (manual) Australian driver’s licence.

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

  • Concrete technology, footings and foundations
  • Structural steel erection techniques
  • Site set-out techniques
  • Current building practices and the National Construction Code (NCC)/Building Code of Australia (BCA)

Broad general experience within the construction industry (usually at least 5 years post-trade).

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