This role is not open for recruitment for season 2024/25. Please register your interest for the following season.

To apply for the role of Station Leader you will be able to demonstrate experience in successfully leading teams of 15 or more people from multi-disciplinary and diverse backgrounds; preferably in remote settings. Having experience in leadership situations where employees both live and work and where development and maintenance of an inclusive community would be highly valued. You will be a safety leader with demonstrated experience assessing and managing risk and safety in industrial or field environments. Similarly you will demonstrate a strong commitment to protecting environmental values and implementing related policy or protocols. You will need to be self-aware and resilient, with skill in managing and leading through adverse situations or emergencies. If this sounds like you we look forward to seeing your application for the role of Station Leader.

As a Station Leader on one of Australia’s Antarctic stations (including Macquarie Island) you will lead a diverse team of multi-skilled expeditioners on a wide range of exciting science, infrastructure and logistics programs in one of the most remote, isolated and beautiful places on the planet.

The Australian Antarctic Division’s (AAD) stations provide the infrastructure and operational support capability to undertake Australia's Antarctic land based program for all participating agencies. You are responsible for ensuring that programs receive the necessary support to meet the goals for the Australian Antarctic Program.

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.

Employment arrangements with the AAD may be flexible and could be for a full winter season (12–15 months) or for a shorter season (6–8 months). Please be aware that a shorter employment period may affect the total of the remuneration package.

Suitable candidates will be included in a pool of candidates who may be considered for engagement/employment as a Station Leader in respect of one or more Antarctic seasons, subject to:

  • medical fitness for duty in Antarctica – this may include comprehensive drug screening for compliance to undertake Safety Sensitive Aviation Activities (SSAA)
  • psychological suitability
  • appropriate personal attributes – consistent with the Antarctic Service Code of Personal Behaviour
  • performance standards

As a successful candidate you may also be offered an opportunity to participate in an Antarctic voyage or Antarctic station familiarisation that may require between 4 and 8 weeks of employment with the AAD during the 2023/24 season.

A final decision to assign an applicant to a Station Leadership role will also take into account performance during any familiarisation trip.

Employment conditions

  • The annual base salary when in Australia starts from $136,722 per annum.
  • Base salary + additional allowances when in Antarctica starts from $202,063 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.


A security clearance is required for this role and applications will only be considered from Australian citizens.

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


  • A current, unrestricted “C” class (manual) Australian driver’s licence, or the ability to attain prior to commencement: 
  • Construction white card at site of Alliance construction Works, or the ability to attain prior to commencement; 
  • 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

Essential hands-on experience: 

Manage to Achieve Results 

  • Proven ability to successfully manage, implement and/or support a diverse range of policies, programs and projects, including science ensure AAP objectives and priorities are met. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to current WH&S legislation and its practical application in the workplace, including risk management practices, ensuring field, scientific, industrial and domestic operations are conducted safely. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to contemporary environmental management principles and practices. 

Lead the Community 

  • Proven ability to be accepted and respected as a leader under trying and difficult circumstances. 
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain a productive and cohesive community by resolving conflict and by modelling and promoting appropriate standards of behaviour. 
  • Proven interpersonal sensitivity and the ability to be open and interactive in decision making and problem solving. 
  • Proven ability to assess the performance of others, provide appropriate feedback and counselling and prepare written performance reports. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to workplace diversity principles and willingness and ability to address discrimination and harassment issues. 

Demonstrate Personal Effectiveness 

  • Proven ability to work efficiently under both personal and general pressure in changing circumstances and to cope with physical and emotional isolation. 
  • Demonstrated well developed written and oral communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated well developed problem solving skills. 


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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