hope I get it.. hope I get it.. hope I get it..

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    Jun 25, 2009 10:57 AM GMT
    So, last week while perusing the job ads on Craigslist I ran across a posting for culinary support staff at an Antarctic Research station...WOW.. Really.. How cool would that be?

    So I sent off my resume and got a response on Tuesday, it was a brief questionaire and a download with all the information about living and working in Antarctica as well as all the type of research that goes on down there, it was fascinating and got me all excited about the whole idea.

    Yesterday I got a response to the questionaire telling me that my information has all been past on to the Hiring manager and I will be called for an interview. I understand that they get alot of applications for the small amount of available positions and that ( from what I've read about it ) the pay isn't that great ( but includes all transportation as well as lodging and meals while stationed there ) but the whole idea of living for 6 months in the Antarctic.. pretty awesome.

    Anyone happen to know someones that's had the opportunity to work there?

    Would any one of you do it?

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    Jun 25, 2009 12:09 PM GMT
    That is awesome....for one day! ... icon_eek.gif ... then what do you do? It's not like there is a lot of variety down there. What if you get the dark 6 months?

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    Actually, it is all up to you. It certainly will be a differently job experience on your resume.
  • Delivis

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    Jun 25, 2009 12:37 PM GMT
    I would do it. The scientists working down there (at least the ones i know of) are great fun and somewhat eccentric...icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 25, 2009 3:10 PM GMT
    LOL. You remind me of the main character of Maureen F. McHugh's multi-award winning science fiction novel, China Mountain Zhang. He also answered a job ad for work in a Research Base (the Arctic this time), hoping to get away from his problems in New York and earn enough to get his architectural education in mainland China (it's an alternative near-future novel, where the Chinese have basically taken over the world). And yeah, he was gay too. icon_wink.gif

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    Anyway, I would so do it. Just for the experience! So good luck! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jun 25, 2009 3:16 PM GMT
    I don't know if I'd do it or not, but best of luck!
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    Jun 26, 2009 2:38 AM GMT
    Actually the job is at the Mcmurdo Station which is the largest one down there ( 1100 people in the summer ) and they have some entertainment options for the off time, but also plenty of time to read and they do have a gym as well.

    It actually comes at a great time for me since I'm currently single, my lease on my apartment is up next month and I've worked hard to become debt free which makes such a move quite easy with absolutely no bills to worry about.

    And yeah, it'll look pretty damn cool on a resume icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 27, 2009 7:42 AM GMT
    Have you seen the Werner Herzog movie/documentary about that place?
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    Jun 27, 2009 10:17 AM GMT
    noren saidHave you seen the Werner Herzog movie/documentary about that place?


    I just looked it up online and watched the trailer, I'll have to rent it.. looks pretty incredible.
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    Jun 27, 2009 10:30 AM GMT
    I live in Tasmania which is where Australia's Antarctic research facilities are, so I have known quite a few people who have worked there. Only one guy who stayed for the winter and I haven't seen him since, but all the summer people had an awesome time. He went as a tradie.

    I'd go in a flash. Wrong degree here sadly. icon_sad.gif

    Good luck!
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    Jun 27, 2009 11:08 AM GMT
    Wooooow... Best of luck!
  • GQjock

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    Jun 27, 2009 11:25 AM GMT
    This is exactly the kind of thing that SOUNDS exciting but the reality of it all might be FAR and away from what you think

    and 6 months?

    If someone told me I could be stuck alone with David Beckham on Palau for 6 months I'd likely say no thanx icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 27, 2009 11:38 AM GMT
    You'd be getting a $10k trip for free.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/travel/22pracantarctic.html
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    Jun 27, 2009 11:44 AM GMT
    i spent 2 summers working on the north slope in alaska. it wasnt so bad in prudhoe bay. but the last summer i got stationed on a platform in the beaufort sea in the artic circle (i imagine it would be similar to your situation). there were only about 100 people in a closed environment. there were a lot of clicks and people would often grate on each others nerves. it was bad enough being that isolated. but it was summer. sun 24/7 and at least you could go outside to the deck of the platform with only a jacket (LOL). i could not imagine being stuck there during a winter, inside 24/7 in complete darkness. people often talked about the madness of winter.

    it was an awesome experience but my two summers were definitely enough for me.
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    Jun 28, 2009 12:03 PM GMT
    Beaux saidYou'd be getting a $10k trip for free.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/travel/22pracantarctic.html
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    Yeppers, they cover all transportation costs plus when the gig is up I can hang out in New Zealand for a while before heading back to the states... Who wouldn't want to see New Zealand??
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    Jun 28, 2009 12:10 PM GMT
    That is totally cool - bad pun intended - go for it! Really admire folks who are prepared to try things, push their boundaries. Whether you like it or not you'll never know unless u do it and either way it will be an amazing one off learning experience.

    I guess you can tell i'd do it - no hesitation.
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    Jun 30, 2009 11:05 AM GMT
    I heard from the company last night and they sent me more paper work to fill out which I see as a really good sign.

    keeping my fingers crossed icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 30, 2009 12:22 PM GMT
    not my idea of a dream job but you obviously seem stoked about it so good luck!
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    Jun 30, 2009 12:47 PM GMT
    I think that'd be awesome to try! Especially since you don't have any ties to keep you from trying it out. Good luck!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 04, 2009 3:23 PM GMT
    Aftre much back and forth e-mailing, my first interview is Monday and it's for an alternate position ( they hire alternates for every position since people tend to drop out for different reasons or can't pass the physicals )

    I'm excited but trying to be realistic too since there's no guarantees of my going.
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    Jul 04, 2009 3:25 PM GMT
    tee_bone saidi spent 2 summers working on the north slope in alaska. it wasnt so bad in prudhoe bay. but the last summer i got stationed on a platform in the beaufort sea in the artic circle (i imagine it would be similar to your situation). there were only about 100 people in a closed environment. there were a lot of clicks and people would often grate on each others nerves. it was bad enough being that isolated. but it was summer. sun 24/7 and at least you could go outside to the deck of the platform with only a jacket (LOL). i could not imagine being stuck there during a winter, inside 24/7 in complete darkness. people often talked about the madness of winter.

    it was an awesome experience but my two summers were definitely enough for me.



    That's what I would be going for is the experience, and it is for the the sunny ( but cold ) summer season.. dunno if I could stand the all night winters on the ice.
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    Jul 04, 2009 7:16 PM GMT

    One of the teachers at my son's new school worked at an Antarctic research station for a few months last year. If you would like to talk to somebody about what it's like working there, let me know and I will do my best to track down her contact details.

    Good luck !
  • joggerva

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    Jul 04, 2009 8:37 PM GMT
    Sounds very exciting. I hope you get it!

    And yes, I would definitely do it - 6 months in Antarctica might be tough, but that's not a very long time if you decide you don't like it.
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    Jul 04, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
    That sounds awesome!
    I hope you get it. icon_smile.gif

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    Jul 04, 2009 8:42 PM GMT
    Hell yes!
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    Jul 04, 2009 9:34 PM GMT
    Good luck!!!

    (And for the record, every time I see this post, I think of A Chorus Line. I can't believe someone hasn't posted the link to the opening yet. :-p)