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The world’s farthest post office in Antarctica is looking for staff

One part of the job involves spending time with a colony of thousands of Gentoo penguins (Photo: Getty)

This job in ‘the most magical place’ would be a dream come true for any introvert.

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) is hiring a seasonal team to spend five months in Goudier Island, Antarctica.

Staff will run the post office, museum and gift shop in the Port Lockroy base, counting the thousands of Gentoo penguins who ‘walk around happily, engaging in daily life’.

It is the farthest post office in the world – and successful candidates will only have the large colony as neighbors.

Lauren Elliott, one of the postmasters hired by the British charity in 2019, told the BBC the island is ‘the most magical place in the world’.

She said: ‘It was really exciting, we had to count all the penguins when they broke out.

‘You have to clean a lot and there’s a lot of penguin poop, we call guano, but there’s never a time to get bored – it’s a really interesting place.’

The ferry at Port Lockroy, Wiencke Island, Antarctica (Photo: Getty)
Staff will take care of the artifacts and museum at Bransfield House (Photo: Getty)
The site typically welcomes about 18,000 tourists during the Antarctic summer (Photo: Getty)

Postmasters will be living on Goudier Island for the Antarctic summer – from November to March – and should expect constant temperatures of between -5 ° C to 10 ° C.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the island, which normally welcomes around 18,000 tourists each season, has been closed for more than two years.

This means that UKAHT’s new tenants will be the first to live on the base since 2019.

According to the job descriptionApplicants must live a good level of physical fitness, environmental awareness and knowledge of minimal impact.

Currently, it is recruiting charity for a base leader, store manager and general assistant, and the deadline is April 25th.

A post on her Instagram page said, ‘Do you dream of waking up, by looking out the window and seeing Antarctica in all its glory?

‘Penguins happily popped around, busy with daily life. The sun appeared over the snow above mountains.

‘Seals and whales coming up to say hello. Do you want to work to protect Antarctica’s heritage and preserve its precious environment?

‘Can you share the fascinating history of Port Lockroys with fellow enthusiasts and visitors? If you nod, read on. ‘

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The world's farthest post office in Antarctica is looking for staff

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