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They're Hiring -- in Antarctica

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Yes, only 18,000 jobs were created in June, and Mexicans are leaving the US in droves and returning home, as the labor market in Monterrey is now far better than the labor market in Monterey.

Though, if you're not against relocating -- four to six months, max...or eight to ten...or twelve, depending on the season -- Raytheon has a job for you.

In Antarctica.

From the Raytheon Polar Services website:

Funded and managed by the National Science Foundation, the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) provides support to scientists conducting research in Antarctica. Because of the isolated and difficult environment of the southernmost continent, the USAP employs many people in support roles. These people provide the operational support required to build and maintain a small community.

The majority of USAP participants work at McMurdo Station, but work is also available at the South Pole Station, Palmer Station, in remote field camps or on the research vessels. Most jobs are for four to six months during the austral summer season, October to February. Wintering personnel usually stay for eight to ten months from approximately January to October. Twelve-month contracts are also available beginning in October.

In "Encounters at the End of the World," Stefan Pashov, a "philosopher/forklift driver" working at McMurdo Station, tells filmmaker Werner Herzog that the people living and working in Antarctica are "professional dreamers":

But they're also maintenance workers, carpenters, and drivers.

Posting Title Large Passenger Vehicle Operator (2011-2012)

Requisition ID 13200BR

External Job Details Seeking a unique adventure as well as employment? How would you like to be one of the few people on the planet to have the opportunity to live and work in Antarctica ? Raytheon Polar Services (RPSC) is the primary contractor for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP). We are currently seeking Vehicle Operator candidates to deploy to McMurdo research station on a contract basis beginning in approximately August 2011.

There are three lengths for the contracts: Summer -(Approximately) August or October through February, Winter -(Approximately) February through October, and Year-Long -(Approximately) October through October. We are looking for Primary and Alternate employees to fill all contract positions. The Primary is first in line for the position. The Alternate is next in line to deploy should the Primary be unable to meet deployment requirements.

The Large Passenger Vehicle Operator is responsible for maintaining a safe, friendly, and timely shuttle and taxi service. Operates large passenger vehicles.

As for living conditions, here's the official line from the Department of Defense:

How bad could it really be? McMurdo's got all the essentials -- an ATM:

A post office:

And a general store:

There is, however, one potential problem, what with Antarctica being as isolated as it is:

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