As a Communications Operator you will operate the Communications Centre on station to ensure the safety of personnel travelling by air, sea and in the field. You may assist telecommunications technical staff to manage communications systems and equipment, network administration and other administrative duties. You will help other expeditioners with minor computer problems.

Communications Operators are employed in summer jobs primarily at Casey and Davis stations.

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 $66,319 per annum ($2542 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 contact form.

For job specific (technical or trade related) enquiries, or to discuss the role in more detail, please contact the technical supervisor Sangeeta Lall (03) 6232 3420.


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.

Qualifications/licences (provide copies in your application):

  • An Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC) or equivalent.
  • A current, unrestricted “C” class (manual) Australian driver’s licence.

Skills and experience (within in the last 5 years):

  • Operating radio-communications equipment (HF and VHF experience preferred).
  • Air-ground-air radio operations experience.
  • Radio communication with remote field parties e.g. outback travellers and/or vessels at sea.

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