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Published on November 22nd, 2019 | by Sam Rose

New Team Selected for Antarctic Post Office

A new team of five people have been hand selected to run the Antarctic Post Office based at Port Lockroy over the next four months.

You may remember that earlier this year, we covered a story on a Post Office located in Antarctica.

Well, following the previous team’s stint of managing the day-to-do running of this unique location, a new group of five people have now been selected to manage the Antarctic Post Office over the next four months.

Five individuals were picked from over 200 applicants, all who were eager to try their hand at becoming the managers of the Antarctic Post Office for a short stint over the Christmas and New Year period.

According to the BBC, the team will start their duties this month and return to the UK in March.

The New Postmasters of the Penguin Post Office

Each year, a brand-new management team consisting of five people, is selected by the UK Antarctic Trust based in Cambridge.

The trust then creates a shortlist of potential candidates for becoming seasonal postal workers at the Antarctic Post Office, before then making their decision later in the year.

It’s often a surprise that so many applications are received to fill the temporary role, as there is no running water or mains electricity on site!

Despite these missing amenities, the new team are eager to begin their duties at the Antarctic Post Office and have been named as Lucy Dorman, Vicky Inglis, Kit Adams, Lauren Elliot and Heidi Ahvenainen.

Both Lucy and Heidi will be joining up with the other members of the team during the second half of the four-month season, whilst the trip in order to reach the base at Port Lockroy will take the team more than two weeks by plane and by boat to travel almost 11,000 miles to the location of their new temporary home.

How Prepared Will the Team Be?

The prospect of working in sub-zero temperatures for a lengthy period of time might be off putting for some.

But Camilla Nichol, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, explains how each selected team member has been well trained and are prepared for the job that lies ahead.

“The team’s combined experience, from mountaineering to public engagement, will stand them in good stead to live and work in this unique and challenging environment.

We are delighted to welcome Lucy and Heidi back for their second seasons at Port Lockroy.

Their previous experience will serve them and the team well, particularly during the initial set-up phase on arrival.

The whole team has undergone extensive training at our Cambridge headquarters, to prepare them for a variety of situations that could arise when living in one of the most remote places on Earth.”

MercoPress detail that in addition to Nichol’s comments, the team have also been made aware of strict guidelines on caring for the environment which are adhered to by all visitors to the island and will be sending regular blog reports back to the Trust to document their experience.

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