Where do I go to get to Antartica?


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    LittleLyzzie
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    Hey, I am looking for something new and different. Why not Antartica?
     
    Where do I apply to get there? I don’t have any degrees but loads of retail and office experience.

    #4875
    MightyAtlas
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    Lyzzie —
     
    First off ,you need to spell it correctly.  It’s Antarctica.  It means ‘no bears’.
     
    Secondly, visit http://www.rayjobs.com .  They’ll have a listing of available jobs.  Could be for McMurdo, South Pole (the red-headed step-child), or Palmer (not really considered a part of the continent, since it’s up in the Banana Belt).
     
    Not alot of retail jobs here since Wal-Mart closed up.  However, those workers were absorbed quickly, and we still maintain our 0% unemployment rate!
     
    The mayor is VERY happy with that statistic.
     
    Good luck, Lyzzie!
     
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    #4876
    thepooles98
    Keymaster

    Lyzzie
    When you apply using http://www.rayjobs.com , the city the jobs are listed under is Centennial, Colorado. That is the home office location for the Raytheon Polar Services Company.
    Mike

    #4877
    m0loch
    Keymaster

    They haven’t gotten that fixed yet? (the centennial thing)

    Of course you’ll also need a login and password @ rayjobs…one in a series of about a thousand if you get hired.

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    thepooles98
    Keymaster

    Lyzzie
    Apply now just in off chance that someone drops at the last minute and leaves an open job for October. If you do get hired get your medical done as soon as possible.
     
    As M0loch said you are amoung thousands of applicants when you send the email applications. You can improve your chances slightly by attending the job fair in April. It doesn’t actually give you a great advantage other than you may get a name of someone that does the hiring for the dept you are looking at. If you are really lucky and they like you, ask if you can keep in touch. Sometimes that puts your name ahead of the people who only applied by email.
    Mike

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    1sweetkimmy
    Member

    Mike,
    How do you get paid when you work in Antarctica? Taxes taken out or do you have to do that yourself? I know that some people are on disability and SSI so I was just woundering.

    #4880
    MightyAtlas
    Moderator

    Kimmy —
     
    Mike is just about to leave Christchurch, on his way down to McMurdo. 
     
    Working down here is like working anywhere in the States.  We’re paid every two weeks, taxes are deducted, and your check is direct-deposited. 
     
    In fact, every government agency has indicated that Antarctica is a foreign country EXCEPT the IRS.    So it’s pretty much ‘taxation without representation.
     
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