Hundreds apply for post office job in Antarctica

Four jobs available to help run the world's most southerly public post office

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Antarctica post office

More than 260 people have applied for four jobs at a remote post office in Antarctica.

The post office, which is run by the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, is located at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island.

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Only four people are needed to fill the jobs which last five months on the island.

As many as 265 people applied from all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, the US, China, Spain, Germany, Belgium, France and Italy, a spokeswoman for the trust said.

According to Cambridge News, the roles include looking after historic buildings and helping to run the world's most southerly public post office, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations for cruise ship passengers in Antarctica.

The post office's staff of four typically process 70,000 pieces of mail sent by the 18,000 cruise visitors who arrive during the five-month Atlantic cruise season.

A spokeswoman for the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust told International Business Times: "As well as a passion for Antarctica, successful team members will need a can-do attitude, a good level of physical fitness, environmental awareness and a practical knowledge of minimum impact living."

Interviews for the role will be held in May and the chosen applicants will meet in Cambridge in October for a week's training. They will then depart for the southernmost continent in early November.

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