Working at Port Lockroy

Each year we recruit a small team of staff to work at the historic site of Base A, Port Lockroy in Antarctica and run the museum, shop, Post Office and maintenance programme.  

Port Lockroy, Base ‘A’, is a British historic base situated on Goudier Island off the Antarctic Peninsula. It was established in 1944 and operated as a British Research station until it closed in 1962. The abandoned base was designated a Historic Site and Monument under the Antarctic Treaty and in 1996 restored as a ‘living’ museum. Base A now welcomes visitors to the site every Austral summer, in order to promote the work of the UKAHT on the Peninsula and in the UK and to give visitors a taste of base life from the early days of British occupation. It is visited each Austral summer by approximately 18,000 ship-borne visitors, amounting to one to two ship visits per day.  

Staff are employed to assist the Base Leader to most effectively run the post office, shop, museum and maintenance operation at Port Lockroy, Antarctica during the Austral summer. 

Staff are employed on a six month contract which includes the Antarctic season (approximately November to March), and are expected to live and work on the island for the duration of the season, as well as take part in any training or debriefing as appropriate during their six month contract period. 

We welcome applications from around the world, you don't have to be a UK Citizen. You do need to have a passport and easily travel to the UK for selection, training and then to Antarctica through South America. 

To find out more about living and working at Port Lockroy, take a look at the Port Lockroy Blogs

How to apply

We are now recruiting our three different roles at Port Lockroy, these include; Base Leader, Shop Manager and Port Lockroy Assistant.

To join our team in Antarctica for the 2020/21 season, please select and complete the most appropriate application form below. Each official application form has an accompanying information pack and guide.

Please note, you do not need to be a British Citizen to apply for this position, but you must be able to come to the UK for selection 13th-15th May 2020 and training 3rd-9th October 2020, and to travel to Antarctica via South America should you be successful.

We will only consider complete application forms received by email and will not be accepting CVs. Applications close at 17:00 GMT on Monday 9th March 2020. Completed application forms should be sent to

If you have not heard from us by Thursday 18th April 2020 then unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Due to the large volume of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback.

We wish you all the best in the application process and good luck!


Download the Base Leader information pack here

Download the Base Leader application form here


Download the Shop Manager information pack here

Download the Shop Manager application form here


Download the Port Lockroy Assistant information pack here

Download the Port Lockroy Assistant application form here


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