As a Deputy Voyage Leader (DVL) onboard Australia’s icebreaker RSV Nuyina, you will assist the Voyage Leader (VL) assisting in leading diverse team of multi-skilled expeditioners on a wide range of exciting science and logistics programs in one of the most remote, isolated and beautiful places on the planet.

You will be responsible for the physical and emotional well-being and safety of the expeditioner community onboard the vessel and the coordination and management of all onboard programs and expedition personnel inclusive of all employment affiliations and nationalities.

The AAD’s Antarctic shipping program traditionally operates from October to April each season and is developed around the priorities for scientific research and station resupply activities, in-line with the ideal environmental periods for vessel access to the AAD’s stations. Each voyage will have at least one DVL onboard and voyage duration can range from 25 days through to 80 days.

When required, the DVL will be expected to perform the duties of the VL during voyages to ensure that AAD leadership is maintained at all times during voyage operations.

Suitable applicants may be included in a candidate pool from which vacancies may be filled in the next Antarctic 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 when in Australia starts from $94,838 per annum.
  • Base salary + additional allowances when on voyage to and from Antarctica starts from $160,179 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 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. 
  • A current Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC) or ability to obtain.


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 Expeditioner Recruitment Team at or 03 8602 9896.

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