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Dream job in Antarctica: Count penguins when they hatch and run a post office

If you’re looking for a job in a remote location, there’s an offer you can count on penguins on the job too. The most remote post office in the world, in Antarctica, is looking for staff.

The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust is forming a new team to be based in Port Lockroy in Antarctica. Vacancies are open for positions such as base manager, store manager, gift shop assistant and post office assistant from November this year to March next year, according to the trust’s website. The trust maintains six designated historic sites and monuments on the Antarctic Peninsula.

According to a BBC report, the work will also include counting penguins as part of the conservation of the gentoo penguin colony. Physical fitness, environmental awareness and knowledge of a minimal impact lifestyle are prerequisites for employment.

Applications are invited until April 25, but only those who have the right to work in the UK can apply. β€œDo you dream of waking up and seeing Antarctica in all its glory? Penguins wading, the sun piercing over the snow-capped mountains. A job like no other. Join us and help protect Antarctica’s heritage and conserve its precious environment. Apply by April 25,” read the trust’s tweet.

Netizens were excited about the job opportunity. β€œCounting penguins and running the post office, a dream job for someone,” commented one user.

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Lauren Elliott, a postmaster who worked there in 2019, was quoted as saying by the BBC that it was “the most magical place in the world”.

“It was really exciting, we were able to count all the penguins when they hatched. You have to do a lot of cleaning and there’s a lot of penguin poop, which we call guano, but there’s never time to bored – It’s a really interesting place,” he told the BBC.

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