Coolest job in the world? 150 Australians are being offered the chance to work in Antarctica with some positions offering $135,000 and free food and accommodation
Australians are being given the chance to work in one of the coldest and most adventurous countries in the world - with some positions offering up to $135,000 in wages.
The roles are based in research stations, including Mawson and Casey in Antarctica and offer free rent and food prepared by top chefs.
The Australian Antarctic Division is looking for 150 people to fill positions such as mechanics, plant operators, chefs, electricians and station leaders from December 9.
Wages on offer range from$66,319 to$135,321, depending on the position, with a living allowance of $60,974 per year paid on top of your base wage while working in Antarctica.
For instance, a communications operator is paid$66,319 plus the allowance of$60,974 per year.
Medical staff, boiler makers and engineers are also sought after.
The Australian Antarctic Division wants skilled workers to sign up for just four months to a full 15-month stint over the Antarctic winter.
Positions are open to Australian and New Zealand residents, as well as those with the appropriate visas to work in Australia.
In summer, when access is easy, there can be up to 100 people on each of the four bases.
When the long winter night sets in, the stations are evacuated down to a skeleton staff of about 20 people - sometimes as few as 14 people - who must remain there, trapped, over the big freeze.
The small community must rely on each other to keep each other safe and maintain the station in the cold and dark.
Because of this isolation everyone needs to get along, so the Australian Antarctic Division investigates each applicant's psychological and medical suitability for the posting as well as their personal qualities more rigorously than an ordinary job.
The jobs are open to women and men who can make their own fun on the remote and isolated stations, get along well with others, learn new skills and keep spirits high.
Human resources manager Maree Riley said having the physical, personal and psychological stamina to work in Antarctica was imperative.
'We are looking for people who have a good ethic, who make make a positive contribution to the team and work well in a small environment,' she told Sunrise.
'They need to be aware of how their behaviour can impact others as well.'
Electrician Adam Schiefelbein, who is finishing up his time, said it was one of the most amazing experiences he has ever had.
'I want to do this again, and go down to another station, so I would say don't do it and don't go for it because I don't want competition,' he joked.
A spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia: 'This is a great opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful and remote landscapes in the world.
'It's not without it challenges, and we'd encourage anyone interested to read more about the roles on our website and ensure that it's the right job for them, but for those lucky enough to go down, it is invariably life changing.'