Many of us have dreamed about some remote place, where we can spend days upon days in silent solitude, pondering our every machination against some serene and overly still backdrop.
If this is one of your innate fantasies, boy, do we have the job for you!
A remote post office in Antarctica is hiring. And if you’re good at sorting mail, selling postage stamps — and counting penguins — this could be the job for you.Advertisement - story continues below
The post office at Port Lockroy, also known as the “Penguin Post Office,” is a popular tourist destination on Goudier Island, just off the west side of the Antarctic peninsula. The historic site receives about 18,000 visitors each season. And the area is also filled with penguins.
A British Antarctic territory, Post Lockroy’s “Base A” — home to the post office — was established in 1944 and operated as a British research station. Now, it is managed by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, which operates the museum and gift shop. Profit from the shop supports renovations of other historic sites in Antarctica.
But there’s more:
The UKAHT team also monitors the impact of visitors in an environmental study, which includes counting the number of penguins — and penguin chicks — on the island. The study aids in the regulation of the number of visitors to the island, and informs guidelines “to ensure the environment is properly cared for,” according to the territory’s website.
The gig certainly isn’t glamourous.
The staff members share a single bedroom and there’s no flushing toilet. Instead, a camping toilet must be emptied daily.
There’s also no running water or showers. Visiting ships offer staffers showers every few days. In some cases, staff may go up to two weeks without showers.
Communication is also limited. There’s no internet access or cell phone reception, and satellite phone calls are costly. Staffers will have “very minimal communication with home,” according to the packet.
And, just in case that wasn’t luxurious enough for you, emergency medical evacuations can take as long as seven days to occur.