- This topic is empty.
June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #1064
iʹm going to be working as a janitor at mcmurdo and i will have the chance to volunteer for the night shift (or be placed on the night shift if there isnʹt enough volunteers). i was curious, since the drawbacks to the shift are obvious, are there any benefits to working a night shiftʔJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #9313
hi sassparilla, welcome to the board. congratulations on the job offerǃabout the only advantages i can think of are that itʹs quiet, so you can work at your own pace, and — very rarely — a mid-day boondoggle might come along that day-shift workers canʹt go on, so you could take advantage of it. but i donʹt think that makes up for the social contact youʹd miss on by doing night shift. (the “night”, of course, is daylight for most of the season, so if all you wanted to do was hike or ski youʹd always be able to do that regardless of the shift.) if this is your first time, iʹd try for a day shift or rotating shift, just to get the full experience.btw, when iʹm off the ice i live in port townsend. right in your neck of the woodsǃgJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #9314
i think night shift would be better in mac town. mainly because the mid-rats meal is always better, the bars will be open for you and itʹll just make the station seem smaller. the other thing, is if you have a day shift roommate you sleep while theyʹre gone and youʹre gone while theyʹre sleeping, it works out well. my limited experience is i had a day sleeper roommate while i transfered through mcmurdo and i almost never saw the person, i would wake up go to breakfast, come back to get ready to leave while they were getting ready for bed and then i was gone the whole time they slept. either way, there will be plenty of people on shift, it might not be too bad, if you really hate it, you might be able to switch.-nateJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #9315
iʹve met few summer night shift people that didnʹt enjoy it. there is a whole social scene centered around the day bar. you will more than likely have time off in the week and as glenn said may find a boondoggle or two to go on. a nice on is to sign up to be a dive tender. you get regular trips to the dive sites to assist the divers going under the ice. personally i hate night shift, but iʹm not a drinker and tend to avoid the bars. it takes me a while to figure out how to eat dinner for breakfast and how to have eggs every night for dinner. the secret is to save food you like for later.June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #9316
i donʹt mind night shift. but i work at pole, and not at that job. so maybe my opinion doesnʹt matter too much. mid rats at mcm is my preferred meal, and night shift there and pole has itʹs own solcial life. mcm night shift in summer is much slower than days. this isnʹt as true at pole.down side is weekend activities which arenʹt shceduled for night shift people. but most are, and are easier to get on if it is a trip. why nto go for it. if you don;t like it, youʹll know to do days next season:)<ǃ-- m -->http://antarctica.kulgun.net/<ǃ-- m -->June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #9317
darryn, how do the night shifters do it there–socially, that isʔour night shifters dont tend to goto the same places..do you guys open the bar/day room early or does it work out to different locations so youʹre not near the traffic of day shiftʔJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #9318
jim,in mcm there is “day bar” and the galley is a non drinking area – so no conflict for any shift. also quiet hours etc in dorms reduce conflicts. maybe best if a mcm person comments on there.pole is changing a lot with the new station. it isnʹt too hard to repect that people are on different shift, and is not unknown to have breakfast next to someone drinking a beer. new spaces havenʹt been as well defined yet. the most difficult part is having friends from previous seasons who are on different shifts and you donʹt get many chances to hang out with them socially.hey, itʹs a harsh continent:)so jim, you got a job this seasonʔ we be seeing you at poleʔdas<ǃ-- m -->http://antarctica.kulgun.net/<ǃ-- m -->June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #9319
darryn, thatʹs good info. honestly, itʹs the social structure..ʹwill it be coolʹ… aspect that iʹm looking at for my next endeavor. you guys are a window into tranquility with a dose of inspired insanity.no, iʹve not been given a final offer. only a score of hireright opportunities. the irony is that the most promising of them was an airtrans ii position…a position to which i was re-assigned to several months ago at my presant location. i now manifest milair flights for people all over the central and southern iraq area, (only for my company).go figure….depending on this contract–i marginally expect to be here till at least next austral movement season; so who knows, perhaps next time.but iʹll not be a stranger…iʹm keeping an eye on you guys. <ǃ-- s:wink: --><ǃ-- s:wink: -->
- The forum ‘Iceboard Archives’ is closed to new topics and replies.