Emperor Penguin
McMurdo Station

Travel to Antarctica - full time & seasonal support to the three US based stations, remote field camps, and research vessels for the United States Antarctic Program

As a leading provider of government support services, with nearly six decades of experience, PAE provides trusted stabilization, development and national security support services to customers around the world. PAE is seeking experienced professionals to support an exciting mission with the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Operations.

There are three Antarctic research stations supported by PAE and the United States Antarctic Program: (McMurdo, South Pole, and Palmer), as well as the two Antarctic research vessels the NBP and LMG.

About PAE

PAE provides full time and seasonal support to the three US-based stations, remote field camps, and research vessels for the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). Managed by the National Science Foundation, the USAP deploys roughly 3,000 people to Antarctica every year to conduct scientific research, or provide support to researchers through the operation and maintenance of the research stations and vessels.

The majority of our employees deploy during the Austral Summer season which begins in October/November and goes through February. For those that aren't afraid of weathering a winter season in the coldest, driest, most remote location in the world...the Austral Winter season deploys from February through October/November.

The Employee Experience

While working as a vehicle operator, electrician, firefighter, heavy equipment technician, or any other skilled trade position that PAE staffs on station, our employees are provided with the opportunity to support scientific research in a very unique way.  They are able to work in support of something purposeful while residing in one of the most challenging and amazing locations in the world...Antarctica.

Ideal Candidate

While the remote nature of the Antarctic program requires highly skilled, professional, self-starter attitudes, more importantly, we desire candidates that have the sense of adventure and desire to experience a chance of a lifetime and become a part of the Antarctic family or "Ice Tribe" for multiple years to come.  In addition to the individual required job skills, all candidates must pass strict physical and dental examinations, a pre-employment background check, a drug screen, and proof of U.S. citizenship or Permanent US Residency.

Room and Board

In addition to the chance of a lifetime, PAE provides food, lodging, utilities, internet, and medical insurance at no cost to our employees. Housing accommodations are dormitory style, and meals are provided in the cafeteria.

Employee Perks

Participants are often able to work with the Antarctic Support Contract Travel Department to extend their stays in either New Zealand or Chile for leisure travel at the end of their contracts. While the additional nights of hotel stay and meals would be at the expense of the participant, the flights would be provided by the program.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Participants will work with the Antarctic Support Contract Travel Department to coordinate travel from their home to their assigned duty station.  When traveling to McMurdo and the South Pole stations, employees will be routed through Christchurch, New Zealand where they will be issued their Extreme Cold Weather gear and be manifested onto a military plane to Antarctica. If traveling to Palmer Station, participants will fly to Chile where they will embark on a research vessel that will sail to the station. 

All travel expenses including hotel, airfare, and per diem are covered by Antarctic Support Contract.

For Fun

Each station has an ample amount of recreational activities to keep employees entertained when they are not working including station stores, pubs, aerobic gyms, full-court gyms, intramural sports, libraries, hiking trails, recreational gear available for loan, multi-purpose lounges, and band rooms with musical instrument loaners. 

Communication with family and friends is available via Internet and telephone.  Telephone services are provided via a direct phone trunk back to the U.S., so no international charges apply.

Weekly scheduled recreational activities include runs, the Antarctic marathon, live music venues, sporting events, yoga, group exercise events, the annual McMurdo Ice Stock all-day music festival, and many other community social events and dinners. 

Depending on the specific job, additional possibilities of experiences include remote field camp work, animal life viewing, mountaintop work, and helicopter travel.

How to Apply

Visit the "View Our Jobs" page to learn more about current opportunities. Apply directly for specific job openings by clicking on the job descriptions. You'll find the link to the online applications at the bottom of each job description. 

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