May 12, 2022

Turns out Antarctica needs postal workers too

What’s it like working in one of the southernmost places in the world? Along with the remoteness and extreme cold, jobs in Antarctica present many challenges, not the least of which is the time people are expected to work there. An Insider article from 2012 notes that most people who work there do so on six-month shifts — and it’s not like working there offers many opportunities for weekend getaways or day trips.

Still, if the thought of traveling to a continent most people will never set foot on sounds appealing, there’s an intriguing opportunity opening up. The Washington Post reports that the British government is currently hiring four people to staff a post office in Port Lockroy. The job also includes helping run a gift shop there; also, there is no running water.

Known as the “Penguin Post Office”, Port Lockroy handles a considerable amount of letters each year. Its website states that 70,000 postcards pass through it every year, on their way to more than a hundred countries. And that seems understandable – if you were going to visit Antarctica, why not send a postcard or two to your friends and family?

The base was established there during World War II, and was renovated and turned into a museum from 1996. And, if the pictures published by the UK Antarctic Trust are an indication there is no shortage of penguins nearby. That’s not an understatement for anything – there are just plenty of penguins around.