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

WFTOs are employed in winter jobs at all stations.

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 $94,838 per annum ($3,636 per fortnight before tax)
  • Additional allowances totalling $65,341 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 use our contact form to speak to the Expeditioner Resourcing 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.


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: 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) in 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.

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