As a Field Training Officer (FTO) you are responsible for the planning, scheduling and delivery of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic field training. You will lead and provide support to groups working in the field. You will coordinate field safety and the development of station search and rescue capabilities.

FTOs are employed in summer jobs at all stations. Senior FTOs are selected from suitable FTO candidates for summer and/or winter jobs.

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 $80,137 per annum ($3072 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 by contact form.

For job specific (technical or trade related) enquiries, or to discuss the role in more detail, please contact the technical supervisor Chris Gallagher on (03) 6232 3581.


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:

Experience: You will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in outdoor guiding/leading with either young people or adults in remote wilderness settings and (provide copies with your application):

  • A relevant qualification in Outdoor Education such as a Certificate IV in Outdoor Education, a Diploma of Outdoor Education (preferred), a Bachelor of Education (Outdoor Education) or equivalent; and/or an Adult Teaching qualification (e.g. Bachelor of Education; Grad Dip; TAE).
  • Or: A minimum of 10 years’ experience working in the outdoor sector inclusive of at least 5 years of adult guiding (preferably in the area of adult training and instruction).

Qualifications/licences (provide copies with your application):

  • Leader’s wilderness first aid (LWFA or PHEC) qualification;
  • A current CPR qualification (HLTAID001 – Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
  • Single pitch climbing instructor’s qualification and/or multi-pitch climbing instructor’s qualification (ACIA, PACI or other recognised authority); and
  • A current, unrestricted “C” class (manual) Australian driver’s licence.

This position is not currently open for recruitment. If you would like to be notified when applications open, please register your details.