The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) employs a number of Engineering Services Supervisors (ESS) to manage the delivery of infrastructure works and supervise the safe undertaking of all on-site activities carried out by our trades teams over the Antarctic “summer” and/or “winter” period. The ESS personnel are supported by a team of Engineers, Trades people, Project Managers and Administrative support within the Infrastructure group at the Division’s head office.

The Station trades team are typically engaged in all operational aspects of the station buildings and infrastructure (for example power generation, water production and supply, wastewater treatment, station heating, etc). The trades team also undertakes minor new works and larger capital building projects (new and renewal).

You will manage the planned preventive maintenance program for the station, while responding to breakdowns and reactive maintenance needs as they arise. Typically, much of the outside maintenance needs and refurbishment works, along with any new construction works, are undertaken during the summer months (October to March).

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 $107,778 per annum.
  • Base salary + additional allowances when in Antarctica starts from $173,119 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.


In accordance with the PS Act 1999, APS employees are required to be Australian citizens. Persons who are not Australian citizens will generally only be considered where there are no suitable Australian applicants, with next considerations being Australian residents with work rights and New Zealand citizens

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

Qualifications/licences (provide copies in your application):

  • A relevant trade or technical certificate and demonstrated equivalent experience or relevant engineering degree from an Australian tertiary institution, or a comparable overseas institution.
  • A White Card (issued after May 2009) prior to your employment
  • 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 demonstrated experience (within the last 5 years):

  • On-site direct leadership and supervision in construction and/or maintenance activities in the building or general construction industry.


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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