16 Aug 2022

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Antarctica’s ‘Penguin Post Office’ is hiring

A remote post office in Antarctica is hiring. And if you’re good at sorting mail, selling postage stamps — and counting penguins — this could be the job for you.

The post office at Port Lockroy, also known as the “Penguin Post Office,” is a popular tourist destination on Goudier Island, just off the west side of the Antarctic peninsula. The historic site receives about 18,000 visitors each season. And the area is also filled with penguins.

A British Antarctic territory, Post Lockroy’s “Base A” — home to the post office — was established in 1944 and operated as a British research station. Now, it is managed by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, which operates the museum and gift shop. Profit from the shop supports renovations of other historic sites in Antarctica.

The UKAHT team also monitors the impact of visitors in an environmental study, which includes counting the number of penguins — and penguin chicks — on the island. The study aids in the regulation of the number of visitors to the island, and informs guidelines “to ensure the environment is properly cared for,” according to the territory’s website.