Openings At The U.K. Penguin Post Office

The Penguin Post has learned that there are plenty of people who want to spend five months in the bitter cold, sleeping little, be virtually isolated from the world, won’t be able to shower for up to a month and live in close proximity to three people and 2,000 penguins for five months, and work for the post office.

bransfield-house1 In the two weeks since February 16th posting,  over 1,500 people have applied for only four positions with the Royal Mail—that’s 375 applicants per spot—to be an assistant at the southernmost post office in the world in Port Lockroy, Antarctica.  In 2014, the total number of applicants for the same positions was a whopping 82. Inquiries skyrocketed after a documentary about the outpost aired on the BBC and PBS, according to the organization that runs it, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Image296In addition to the cold and isolated conditions, the job is a bit unique for a postal employee. The assistants have to run the base’s museum and shop, monitor the 2,000 Gentoo penguins that hang around, assist the 18,000 visitors to the island and handle the 70,000 letters that tourists post for that cherished Antarctica postmark.

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2 Responses to “Openings At The U.K. Penguin Post Office”

  1. I should have applied! Openings At The U.K. Penguin Post Office | Spoons, Sailing, CRPS and Penguins Says:

    […] Reblogged from Penguin Place Post  […]

  2. Elaine W. Lane Says:

    Reblogged this on Pocket Full of Words and commented:
    Looking for a change of scenery and career direction? Here your opportunity! I’m amazed by how many visitors this says there are to Antartica. I never would have guessed. I didn’t even know it was a true tourist destination!

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