British charity seeks team to run the world's most remote post office

British charity seeks team to run the world's most remote post office

Is this the coolest job in the world? British charity seeks team to run the world’s most remote post office in ANTARCTICA… with tasks including counting the penguins

  • UK Antarctic Heritage Trust needs the group to maintain the Port Lockroy base 
  • Duties will include counting penguins and running the gift shop and post office 
  • The site is reopening to the public and live-in workers after the pandemic
  • Potential workers can apply through the UKAHT website until Monday 25 April

A British charity is seeking a team to run the world’s most remote post office in Antarctica, with tasks including a penguin count. 

The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust needs the group to maintain the Port Lockroy base.

Their duties will include counting penguins and looking after the post office and gift shop.

The charity said that the job is extremely popular and that it often has numerous applicants.  

The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust needs the group to maintain the Port Lockroy base (pictured)

UK Antarctic Heritage Trust advertises yearly for postmasters who work at the site seasonally. Pictured: A map showing where the post office is located 

Usually, UK Antarctic Heritage Trust advertises yearly for postmasters who work at the site seasonally.   

The postmasters are responsible for protecting and preserving historic buildings and artefacts in Antarctica. 

Applicants will be based on Goudier Island in the Antarctic Peninsula.

Initially used from 1944 to 1962, Port Lockroy was the first permanent British base on the Antarctic Peninsula. 

But since 2006, the base has been used as a post office and museum.

Requirements for the job include physical fitness, environmental awareness and a knowledge of minimum impact living.  

Duties will include running the gift shop and post office and counting Gentoo penguins.

And team members will also look after the artefacts and museum in Bransfield House.   

Due to coronavirus restrictions, there have been no visitors to the site for more than two years.

But normally it sees around 18,000 visitors who come during the Antarctic summer of November to March and they will be welcomed to the site again for the first time since the pandemic, according to the BBC.  

Requirements for the job include physical fitness, environmental awareness and a knowledge of minimum impact living

And the successful applicants for the job will be the first live-in team members since 2019.

Past postmasters have raved about the position, including Lauren Elliott from the 2019 intake.

Speaking to the BBC, she described the area as ‘the most magical place in the world.’

She said: ‘It was really exciting, we got to count all the penguins when they hatched.

‘You have to do a lot of cleaning and there’s lots of penguin poo, which we call guano, but there’s never time to be bored- it’s a really interesting place.’   

Ms Elliott encouraged people to go and do the job, emphasising that she has made friends for life through it. 

Duties will include running the gift shop and post office and counting the Gentoo penguins (pictured). And team members will also look after the artefacts and museum in Bransfield House

Potential team members should apply for the job through the UKAHT website.

The final deadline is 11.59 UK time on Monday 25 April.

Those who get the role will train for a week in October 2022 in Cambridge with their team.

They will then leave for Antarctica later in 2022 and work at the site until March 2023.  

Past postmasters have raved about the job, including Lauren Elliott from the 2019 intake. Speaking to the BBC, she described the area as ‘the most magical place in the world’

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