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

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 (while in Australia) is $92,076 per annum ($3,530 per fortnight before tax)
  • Additional allowances totalling $63,437 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.

Contact

For general enquiries, please use our contact form to speak to the Expeditioner Resouring team.

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.

Eligibility

You must be an Australian citizen, Australian resident with work rights in Australia, or a New Zealand citizen. Please note: Jobs requiring a security clearance are only open to Australian citizens. 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 significant experience (within the last 5 years) 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 Significant long serving experience (within the last 10 years) 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, or equivalent;
  • Single pitch climbing instructor’s qualification and/or multi-pitch climbing instructor’s qualification (ACIA, PACI or other recognised authority), or equivalent;
  • A current, unrestricted “C” class (manual) Australian driver’s licence.

How to apply

  1. Read about the application process and life as an expeditioner. This is an overview of the recruitment and selection process.
  2. Review the job description. This describes the job and specifies essential qualifications and experience. It also tells you what documents you need to attach to your application.
  3. Have your documents ready to attach (eg licences, qualifications and current CV/résumé). You must include these to be considered for the job.
  4. When you have completed steps 1 to 3 above, click ‘Apply Now’✱ to start your application.

Applications close Monday 16 January, 11:30 PM AEDT.

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