Fancy a summer holiday in Antarctica?

8 Aug 2014 - 12:00

If you have ever wanted to travel to Antarctica, and to work there for a couple of weeks during the summer, now is your opportunity!

Read on:

“The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has a mandate, as outlined in the South African National Space Agency Act, 2008 (Act No 36 of 2008), to co-ordinate and integrate national space science and technology programmes and conduct long-term planning and implementation of space related activities in South Africa, for the benefit of the citizens of South Africa.

SANSA Space Science is a Directorate of SANSA situated in Hermanus, Western Cape. It forms part of the worldwide network of magnetic observatories, monitors and models variations of the earth’s magnetic field, and carries out physics research. This entity has the following voluntary vacancies to be filled:

Volunteer positions for the take-over trip to Antarctica.

We are currently assembling a team to take with us to Antarctica for the summer. The trip will be from approximately the beginning of December 2014 till the end of February 2015.

Any individual interested in an experience of a life-time, with some scientific/engineering background may apply for this opportunity. A mandatory requirement is that the individual must be able to solder. Soldering skills will be tested during the interview process.

There will be no payment made to the chosen people, but all their expenses will be paid.

As the take-over occurs under harsh conditions and hard physical labour has to be executed, candidates must be physically fit and mentally strong.

More information on the island and human activities there can be found at:

Background verification, including criminal record, credit checks, security clearances, qualification and citizenship checks, as well as competency assessment and psychometric testing, may form part of the selection process. SANSA subscribes to the principles of Employment Equity. Preference will be given to candidates in accordance with this.

Should you be interested in this amazing experience and are prepared for physically challenging and satisfying work, please e-mail your detailed CV (indicating clearly the position you are interested in) and a covering letter summarising the reasons for applying to:

Closing date: 29 August 2014

Communication will only be conducted with short-listed candidates. If applicants have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, they must assume that their applications were unsuccessful.”