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The Penguin Post Office in Antarctica sets: NPR

The Penguin Post Office in Antarctica sets: NPR

Apply now to work at the British base in Port Lockroy, Antarctica, and young Gentoo penguins like these can be your neighbors on Goodyear Island.

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Remote post office in Antarctica is hiring. And if you’re good at sorting mail, selling postage—and counting penguins—this might be the job for you.

The Port Lockroy Post Office, also known as the “Penguin Post Office,” is a popular tourist destination on Goudier Island, off the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula. The historic site receives about 18,000 visitors each season. The area is also full of penguins.

A British Antarctic region, “Base A” in Post Lockroy – home of the Post Office – was established in 1944 and operates 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 store supports the restoration of other historical sites in Antarctica.

UKAHT team too screens The influence of visitors in an ecological study that includes counting the number of penguins – and penguin chicks – on the island. The study helps regulate the number of visitors to the island, and informs guidelines “to ensure the environment is properly cared for,” according to the territory’s website.

Applications For seasonal positions, which can last roughly from November to March, they close on Mondays at 11:59 PM GMT.

Living and working on the island is far from luxurious. On top of the cold temperatures — which can dip as low as 23 degrees Fahrenheit, and can feel chilly with the wind chill — accommodations are limited, according to the information pack To get a job on the island.

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The staff share one bedroom and there is no toilet. Instead, the camping toilet should be emptied daily.

There are also no running water or showers. Visiting ships provide showers for employees every few days. In some cases, employees may go up to two weeks without showering.

Communication is also limited. There is no internet connection or cell phone reception, and satellite phone calls are expensive. According to the package, employees will have “very minimal contact with the home.”

And in an emergency, medical evacuations to the hospital can take up to seven days, depending on the package.

“Antarctica is a tough place to work both physically and mentally,” the package says.