Last week I talked about moving to North Dakota for a job, where the unemployment rate is 1.5% in some places. But it does get a bit cold for many people and can also be rather remote.
Turns out there’s a place that has an even lower unemployment rate… the South Pole. The temperature can dip down to 40% F and it’s dark 24 hours a day in the winter, but hey, there’s probably not much competition for jobs, right? Wrong.
There are only 36 job openings and the British Antarctic Survey expects over 3,000 applications. Some of the job openings are for chefs, carpenters, and plumbers. The jobs are spread across the five bases.
I actually know someone that worked at the pole. He said workers are given a mental evaluation beforehand and it’s recommended that you apply after working a summer there. Winters, and the constant darkness can affect even the most sane people.
As the ad says, “must have a sense of adventure and get along well with others”. Sense of adventure, indeed. And, since the living conditions are close, you do need to be able to get along well with others. Meals are served cafeteria style and mail service is limited, with none in the winter.