Antarctic post office job, working with 'smelly' penguins

By Amelia Butterly
Newsbeat reporter


It's an all expenses trip to the other side of the world, where you'll also be paid more than £1,000 per month.

The downsides? Well, it's really, really cold, the penguins smell and there's no mains power.

The Antarctic Heritage Trust is looking for four seasonal workers to spend the Antarctic summer - from November to March - at Port Lockroy.

You'll run the post officer, shop and museum as well as carry out maintenance.

Recruiters are looking for skills including co-ordination, retail experience and environmental awareness.

"Can you carry a big heavy box over slippery rocks and slushy snow whilst dodging penguins?" asks the job advertisement.

"Are you happy not to shower for up to a month, live in close proximity to three people and 2,000 smelly penguins for five months?"

Port Lockroy was established in 1944 and was operated as a British research station until 1962.

It was made a historic site and monument and in 1996 it was restored as a "living" museum - it's that small red building in the picture.

About one or two ships arrive each day during the short summer period, with a total of about 18,000 visitors.

Workers in the post office have to handle 70,000 items of mail over the season.

Job applications must be sent to the Antarctic Heritage Trust by 27 February and the post is open to people of all nationalities.

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