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Contract type: Contract
Industry: Other Construction/Building Trades/Engineering
Salary: Chance of a Lifetime!
Posted date: 2024/06/13
Job expiry: 2024-07-14
Reference: 287707
Contact name: Charlotte Carlarne
Contact email:

Job description

Tradestaff Global is inviting expressions of interest from qualified & experienced STRUCTUAL STEEL WELDERS to work on McMurdo Station in Antarctica for next summer season starting in November 2024.
THE ROLE: New build commercial construction involving assembly & welding of steel frame buildings.  Previous experience with the erection of steel structures is required.  You’ll need to be happy to pitch in & help other trades including labouring.


  • Due to travel requirements, you need to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19.
  • Be a qualified structural welder with a current 9606 ticket.  If your ticket has expired, we will help with re-certifying at our expense.  Please note in your Cover Letter / CV if your 9606 ticket is current or expired.
  • Have extensive experience with the erection of steel structures.
  • Provide proof of your qualifications (current or expired) at interview.
  • Supply a current up to date CV that outlines your skills, experience & types of projects/jobs worked on.
  • Be IT literate & good with dealing with a lot of detailed paperwork.
  • Be patient when working through the application process.  It is a very long & detailed process to mobilise people & in some cases it may take a few months to work through.
Remote projects require a solid team effort, we’re looking for someone with the right attitude that’s willing to be part of a great hardworking supportive team.

Exceptional fitness is required due to long hours & extreme conditions.  Work is fast paced & everyone is expected to pitch in.

  • Flights provided from any major NZ airport.
  • Food, shared accommodation, travel insurance provided.
  • $70 per hour.  Contract basis, paid fortnightly in NZ$
  • All PPE Supplied
It’s hard work but in return you’ll be paid well, gain experience of a lifetime & see some amazing sights most people will never get to experience.  If you’ve ever wanted to tick this off your bucket list, this could be the job for you.


  • 54 hours per week (this won’t change if work is affected by weather)
  • Working 6 out of 7 days
This role is not for the faint hearted; you’ll be staying in one of the most isolated places in the world.
Start dates are subject to passing medicals, your notice period & ice flight availability.  You will likely leave Nov 2025 for appox. 4-6 weeks. You will be away the entire time.
The onboarding process is very lengthy due to medical requirements & background checks which will determine exact start dates.
The medicals are quite strict; you need to be in very good health/have excellent fitness.  You will also be required to do a Dental exam & will need good dental health to get clearance.

If you like the sound of this amazing opportunity & would like to apply, please note:


  • NZ or US Citizenship & hold a CURRENT Passport.
  • Be currently and permanently residing in New Zealand.
  • Interviews are by phone & video.
  • You must be prepared to travel to Tauranga for dental & medical tests.  We pay for tests & provide flights if living outside of Tauranga.
  • Full Class 1 Drivers Licence.
  • Clean criminal record (Police checks will be completed at interview).
  • Can pass pre-employment drug/alcohol testing as well as random testing on site.
  • Able to follow instructions & have good attention to detail.
  • Due to high volume of applications, we only accept applications via our online system to ensure everyone gets a response.  Please don’t call/email to apply.
  • An automatic email will be immediately sent to you if your application was submitted successfully.  If you don’t receive the email, we didn’t receive your application.
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