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.

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 $68,998 per annum ($2,645 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 contact our outsourced recruitment provider Hays on our 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.

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.

Qualifications/licences (provide copies in your application):

  • An Aeronautical Radio Operators Certificate (AROC) or ability to obtain by end July 2022.
  • 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.

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 at 5pm AEDT (Hobart time) on 27 January 2022.

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