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February 13, 2009


Daily Green - The twin collapse of the credit and housing markets has led to a collapse of the construction industry, leaving many skilled carpenters, plumbers and other trades people out of work.

But the collapse of the world's environment is creating new opportunities for work in the frozen south.

The British Antarctic Survey, which produces a lot of the startling reports about the fragile state of Antarctica in an era of global warming, is looking for a few good men and women.

"Trades people looking for a career with a difference should check the national press this week. British Antarctic Survey launches a recruitment campaign on Thursday to attract carpenters, electricians, plant technicians, plumbers and chefs to work at its research stations on the frozen continent," reads a new press release from the research station.

"We have world-class laboratories, accommodation buildings, offices and technical facilities at our five scientific research stations. We need the best trades people to keep everything running smoothly and to provide top quality support to our science program," stated Personnel Manager James Miller. "The chance to work in the Antarctic surrounded by stunning scenery, icebergs, penguins, whales and seals is a fantastic opportunity and not something employers in the UK can offer."

Want an idea what working in Antarctica might be like? Check out Encounters At The End of the World, Werner Herzog's weird documentary about life in a research station in Antarctica. It's just recently been released to DVD and is available on Netflix.


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