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Help Wanted
« on: February 20, 2015, 04:12:34 PM »
Antarctica post office seeking job applicants who can dodge 'smelly penguins,' live without showering

[attachimg=1 width=300]Are you in good shape? Able to carry a big, heavy box over slippery rocks and slushy snow? Happy not to shower for up to a month, live in close proximity to three people and 2,000 smelly penguins for five months with no power, heat or hot water and limited communications on a small island off the coast of Antarctica?

If so, we have the job for you!

The U.K. Antarctic Heritage Trust is looking for assistants to help run its post office museum and gift shop at Port Lockroy, located on Goudier Island off the Antarctic Peninsula.

Applications are currently being accepted for up to four full-time seasonal positions at the remote outpost, which is visited each summer (November through March) by 18,000 people — who come by boat twice a day — and processes about 70,000 pieces of mail. Applications are due on Feb. 27.

You don't need to have post office experience to apply, but you do need an unusual skillset:

Can you demonstrate that you have most or all of the following?
• Good physical and medical fitness
• Confidence — can you give a talk without aids to 200 people and represent the UKAHT ‘live’ on TV and radio!
• Retail experience with good customer focus
• Competence and confidence with spreadsheet design and formulae
• Hands on DIY/practical skills — can you use hand tools proficiently?
• Coordination — can you carry a big heavy box over slippery rocks and slushy snow whilst dodging penguins?
• Environmental awareness and practical knowledge of minimum impact living
• Practical knowledge of another language as well as English

Do you possess the following attributes?
• Ability to get on with it. Can you identify what needs doing and get on and do it without having to be asked, whether it be washing up, sweeping the floor or digging snow?
• Quick learner – can you take an instruction in person or in writing and get on and do it efficiently?
• Awareness of your surroundings/situation
• Initiative – can you think on your feet and act?
• Adaptability to different situations – 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?

As well as being passionate about the Antarctic. You need to be:
• Personable – do you value getting on with others? Can you live and work with just three others for five months and be friendly and cooperative throughout?
• Positive – can you enthuse to visitors when it is -5C° and blowing a blizzard as well as cook supper cheerfully after a long cold day and very little sleep?
• Conscientious – will you be doing your best day in day out for 5 months?
• Meticulous – can you keep accurate records be it penguin eggs, t-shirts, or food stock?

Prospective staffers must also be "prepared to be on call and smiling for all waking hours, seven days a week."

Not that you'd sleep, anyway. The average temperature on the island is about 36 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, with almost 24 hours of sunlight.

The "smelly penguins" in question, gentoos, established a colony on the island in the mid-1980s and are the subject of an ongoing study by the British Antarctic Survey. As a result, half of the tiny island is off-limits to staff and visitors — which is why you must be "happy to be confined to a small island with no prospect of climbing the surrounding peaks."

The position pays about £1,100 (or $1,250) a month. Those selected for an interview will need to be available May 11 to 12 in Cambridge; successful applicants will need to be available for an additional five days of training in September.
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Re: Help Wanted
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2015, 04:13:46 PM »
Still better than prepress.
Speed doesn't kill, rapidly becoming stationary is the problem

I'd rather have stories told than be telling stories of what I could have done.

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It's more like grip, grip, grip, noise, then spin and 2 feet in and feel shame.
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Re: Help Wanted
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2015, 04:16:32 PM »
The pay sucks worse than prepress though.
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2015, 04:54:49 PM »
Hmmm... might be a good trade.

In Antarctica, only the penguins can hear you scream.

Pretty sure even if I took the job my old boss would want me to remote in and do some jobs.
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Re: Help Wanted
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2015, 05:00:22 PM »
No Heat? :laugh:
No Way!
Probably no blow dryers either, I'm out.

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Re: Help Wanted
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2015, 01:39:42 AM »
Antarctica? Is that not the place where the temperature plunges to -60℃ frequently? No way with that salary.
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Re: Help Wanted
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2015, 12:30:14 PM »
Shoot, that's more than my take-home. Maybe I should consider it. Oh, wait, it's only seasonal.
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Re: Help Wanted
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2015, 12:37:34 PM »
 ???  A measly $1250 per month, to deal with all of that? Isn't that like minimum wage? I think I made that much working at Dairy Queen in high school, FFS... and the "penguins" at DQ were kinda cute, and not smelly.
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Re: Help Wanted
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2015, 12:51:04 PM »
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???  A measly $1250 per month, to deal with all of that? Isn't that like minimum wage? I think I made that much working at Dairy Queen in high school, FFS... and the "penguins" at DQ were kinda cute, and not smelly.


That roughly comes out to $7.81 per hour for a 40 hour week but the ad states:

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Prospective staffers must also be "prepared to be on call and smiling for all waking hours, seven days a week."


so that makes it more like a 16 hour day 7 days a week which makes the hourly total $2.79 per hour. If you could manage to sleep 23 hours per day that would bump you up to a respectable $44.64 per hour. :rotf:
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Re: Help Wanted
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2015, 01:21:57 PM »
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Re: Help Wanted
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2015, 04:49:29 PM »
The wild penguins down there are psychotic. My brother was stationed at McMurdo and the little bastards will chase you down like the bulls in Pamplona. If you do take the job try not to piss off a penguin.

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« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2015, 04:54:21 PM »
... and you're probably not allowed to stomp them, since they are being studied.
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Re: Help Wanted
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2015, 05:01:34 PM »
Well that and the stomping would be a sure fire way to piss them right the f**k off. They could become organized and mount a counter-attack.

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« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2015, 05:03:32 PM »
I wouldn't normally be afraid of birds, however, I've seen the Madagascar series of movies and have a mighty respect for penguins.
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Re: Help Wanted
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2015, 11:18:44 PM »
The pound has taken quite a dip lately. It used to be worth upwards of $5.
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