As a Communications Rigger, and part of a two-person rigging team, you will carry out maintenance on masts and antenna systems at Antarctic stations. You may also be required to remove masts and erect new antenna systems.

This is a summer job only, available at any or all stations as required.

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 Kim Briggs on 0418136600 or via


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):

  • A current advanced rigger certificate, valid in Australia.
  • A current Working at Heights Certificate.
  • A current, valid Elevated Work Platform licence (obtain prior to commencement).
  • A current, valid telescopic materials handler (TMH) licence (obtain prior to commencement).
  • You must have completed Tower Rescue training and your qualification is still current.
  • You must have completed RF Awareness Training (obtain prior to commencement).
  • A current, unrestricted “C” class (manual) Australian driver’s licence.

Skills and experience (3+ years or more experience):

  • Erection and maintenance of guyed masts, towers and antenna systems (HF and VHF radio antennas) and associated cabling/feeder systems.

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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