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Antarctica New Zealand is the Crown Entity that manages Scott Base, New Zealand's research station in Antarctica. Our head office is at the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch, which houses the United States, Italian and Korean Antarctic programmes.

Jobs at Antarctica New Zealand

Applications for roles to support our Antarctic Operations at Scott Base and in the field for the 2022/23 season are now closed.

At Antarctica New Zealand, we proudly ensure that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are valued, protected and understood. Our role is to support world-leading science and environmental protection and to raise public awareness of the global significance of the continent and surrounding Southern Ocean.

Scott Base is the hub of New Zealand's activities in Antarctica. Because of its remote location, it is essential that all staff employed to work at Scott Base work well as a team, are safety focused and can successfully integrate into the small base community lifestyle.

Our head office is at the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch, which also houses the United States, Italian and Korean Antarctic programmes. Our team housed here plays a vital role in planning and supporting the team at Scott Base to deliver a safe and successful season.

Each year seasonal staff are employed to keep the home fires burning at Scott Base. The majority of staff will work over the summer season from September to February. The remaining staff (12-15 depending on the season) winter over, spending a total of 13 months on ice until the following season's staff arrive.

Antarctica New Zealand starts the recruitment process for new Scott Base staff at the end of summer each year, for the upcoming season. To check recruitment deadlines, follow our Facebook page, or keep updated on our recruitment website here

To help ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone travelling to Scott Base, offers of employment are conditional on being certified medically fit by Antarctica New Zealand’s medical assessor. There is a requirement to have up to date COVID-19 and influenza vaccinations and be in good health, particularly related to cardio-vascular systems.

Several Christchurch staff will spend part of the summer season forming the Scott Base Leadership Team. Additional staff will support research events, at Scott Base and in the field.

New Zealand Defence Force staff are seconded to fill certain positions such as Communications Operators, Plant Operators and a Cargo Handler. A Compass Group employee manages the Scott Base shop and bar facilities during summer, and Downer provides a Telecommunications Technician who winters over.

Scott Base staff belong to one of three teams, responsible for:

  • Base Services - All administrative and domestic activities at Scott Base
  • Engineering - Day-to-day operation and maintenance of buildings, services, plant, and vehicles at Scott Base
  • Programme Support - Supporting all New Zealand science projects and field activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

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