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 in administration of communications devices and equipment. You may also help other expeditioners with minor computer problems.

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

Senior Communications Operators will be employed over the summer at both Casey and Davis stations. Individuals for these positions will be selected from suitable Communications Operator candidates.

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 $71,068 per annum ($2,724 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 Sangeeta Lall (03) 6232 3420 or via email


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.

Qualifications/licences (provide copies in your application):

  • an Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC)
  • a current, unrestricted “C” class (manual) Australian driver’s licence.

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

  • hands-on operation of radio communications equipment (VHF and HF experience preferred)
  • air-ground-air radio operations experience
  • radio communication with remote field parties e.g. outback travellers 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.

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