Applications Pour in for Penguin Post Office Jobs

Port Lockroy

Apparently there are lots of people willing to work in rather difficult conditions, as long as there are plenty of penguins around. The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust says more than 1,000 people have applied to live and work on an Antarctic island during the November to March summer months, when temperatures average 41 degrees Fahrenheit. The trust is hiring just four people to look after the Port Lockroy post office and welcome passengers from two cruise ships a day. The island is known for being home to 2,000 Gentoo penguins, who often surround the post office. The trust is clear that it’s not exactly a glamorous job. "Can you carry a big heavy box over slippery rocks and slushy snow whilst dodging penguins?” reads the description. Last year, there were only 200 applicants, but there’s tough competition this year. — Read it at the U.K.’s BBC News


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