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News Story - Calling all plumbers and electricians to work in Antarctica

Date: 08 Sep 2008

Calling all plumbers and electricians to work in Antarctica

British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the world-leading scientific research centre, is seeking a plumber or electrician to work at its Bird Island Research Station in Antarctica. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to join BAS working in the world's last pristine wilderness.

The post is for 18 months and will support scientists working on the abundant wildlife (penguins, seals and albatrosses) that surround the small research station.

James Miller, Personnel Officer at BAS, says, "This is an amazing opportunity. Where else can you work in an environment surrounded by penguins, seals and icebergs? It's a really fun place to work and by supporting the scientists who look into important issues like climate change you feel like you're doing something really worthwhile.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for someone with a sense of adventure to try something completely different. While the salaries are not as high as you can earn in the UK, with no outgoing costs on accommodation or food it's a good way to save money."

BAS has five research stations on and around the continent. Staff enjoy stunning scenery and good working conditions with the bonus of 24 hr communications, no junk mail or television. And it's not as cold as you might think. Temperatures range from +5 C during the austral summer to -20 C during the winter months.

For further information on the jobs available at BAS please visit the website at http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/employment/vacancies/job.php?JobID=377

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Issued by the British Antarctic Survey Press Office.
Contact Athena Dinar tel. (01223) 221414, email a.dinar@bas.ac.uk or Linda Capper tel. (01223) 221448, email l.capper@bas.ac.uk

Notes to Editors:

The Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a world leader in research into global environmental issues. With an annual budget of around £45 million, five Antarctic Research Stations, two Royal Research Ships and five aircraft BAS undertakes an interdisciplinary research programme and plays an active and influential role in Antarctic affairs. BAS has joint research projects with over 40 UK universities and has more than 120 national and international collaborations. It is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council. More information about the work of the Survey can be found at:  www.antarctica.ac.uk

Salary for this post starts at £22,340 per annum